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Camera Technician Series: The Art and Science of Being a Focus Puller

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Click to Buy Camera Technician Series: The Art and Science of Being a Focus Puller – $289.97

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Contains over 90 minutes of extensive video content and analysis.

You will learn:

  • The art and technical process of focus pulling
  • What tools to carry on your tool belt
  • What tools and supplies to have in your set case
  • How to properly prep a camera package before the shoot
  • How to communicate with your DP during prep
  • How to prep and test the lenses during your camera prep
  • How to set up the focus monitor
  • Which settings on the focus monitors will help you in different situations
  • How to communicate with your team to get the right marks and keep sharp focus
  • Zen focus techniques for watching camera movement and actors motions to successfully pull sharp focus every time
  • Insider tips of the trade that no one talks about

Pulling focus has become vital in today’s filmmaking projects. With moving to digital, we are moving faster and taking less time for rehearsals with actors. Pulling focus has become as much of an art as it is a technical position on set. You have to be able to learn how to feel the emotion of the scene, to become “one” with the characters, just as much as the actors do. You need to learn how to see and feel the tendencies of each actor on set, all while running the camera department, keeping your team ready and keeping  yourself organized.

You are going to learn how to practice the craft and make it your art.  This is a step by step process to help you begin your future as focus puller or to sharpen your skills and find some new techniques and tools to add to your day to day workflow.   

1st AC and stealth focus puller extraordinaire Derek Edwards is that person that shapes the story on screen by controlling what the audience focuses on. Derek has mastered the art of focus pulling and has been working with Shane Hurlbut, ASC for about twenty years.

In this series, Derek goes in depth to show you what’s in his kit, how he prepares for a job, how he sets up his monitor, and his own focus pulling techniques. He also explains how he communicates with his team to lay marks and what he looks for when watching actors to make sure he’s always sharp so you can learn the art of focus pulling to get the critical shots right to tell your story.

Click to Buy Camera Technician Series: The Art and Science of Being a Focus Puller – $289.97

All videos were edited on HP Z840 workstations using HP Z24x DreamColor monitors.

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