Top Gun: Maverick revolutionized aerial cinematography by placing actors and camera systems directly in the cockpit of real fighter jets. The result was authentic performances that could never be replicated with CGI. While audiences today are all too familiar with CGI in their action flicks, the over-polished feel of green screen technology is still very […]
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@shanehurlbutasc Today we are doing a XEEN lens comparison test with the newly added 14mm and 35mm XEEN lenses. We’re going to compare these lenses with the Canon CN-E, Zeiss CP.2, and our Cooke S4 lenses. To do this, we rigged it up so that we have all four cameras rolling at the same time, […]
First up in our new series of gear reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with the interface unit that has the audio inputs, SDI outputs and full sized HDMI output.
I have been asked by many of our readers to share details regarding my personal Gear Bag. I use a vast array of tools to be able to tell all types of stories. I wanted to break it down with detail.
“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow me on Twitter.” We see social media everywhere these days and rightly so. Tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ and more can help small businesses, one man shops, and large brands grow and expand their contacts with clients and customers. This includes filmmakers. The opportunities are great for both raising funds online and for distributing your work.
Let’s look at how the crash cam world has changed because of the Canon 5D. It has replaced the eyemo that used to be a clapper of a 35 or 16mm with bad lenses. It could be blown up, bashed into, driven over, or you could even have a car land right on it.
We’ve had a ton of questions via Twitter, Facebook and the hurlblog about shooting Act of Valor, so I thought I would share them in a Q&A format. Thanks so much to everyone for your support and kind words about the film!
Since the invention of the Canon 5D, it has taken scouting to a whole new level and preparing that package that allows you can take advantage of serendipitous moments, lightning in a bottle so to speak, is essential.
Part of being a cinematography intern is not only knowing all the gear, but how it can be used to enhance your visual story telling.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my lighting package that looked like an aisle inside
When I was a kid, I had a fascination with Halloween. Our son, Myles, has inherited this same […]
After completing the Navy SEAL movie Act of Valor, my team and I created a workflow and camera […]
We employed Technicolor’s Cinestyle on its maiden voyage. This picture style seemed to work well in […]
In January of 2011, I was asked by “The Gentlemen,” Brett Snider and Billy Federighi, a very creative and humorous, directing at Bandito Brothers, to shoot a series […]
When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene […]
I have had many discussions about the different lens options other than Zeiss ZE’s and Canon’s that mount to the Canon cameras. Zeiss took it to the next level with their Canon mount CP2’s and their new Zooms that come out this summer.
I walked into Samy’s Camera last week and a camera assistant was mounting gyros on the 5D to stabilize the camera. She was getting beaten up by the mount and said, “I cannot get this clamped on here.” I said “ Hi, I would love to help…
On the still lens front, you have a variety of options. I am addressing this topic from a 40 foot screen digital projection perspective, not a still photography one.
Zeiss ZE primes rock. Their resolution is spectacular and they are lightweight. Their focus is a little more cinematic then…
I love lenses and examining the subtle differences with each one so I am confident in the resulting image.
Nikon lenses are sharp with a little softer contrast than the Zeiss lenses. The older A lenses are nice because they have a wider
Lenses are one of the most critical choices when you are mounting the Canon 5D Mark II to a lens. Do not treat this camera like it is a film body. Remember to mount the camera to the lens, not the opposite.
When choosing a lens for the Canon 5D Mark II camera you have to consider the look and feel that you are trying to create for the final visual product. My team and I have tested and played with these lenses quite a bit and here is…