I am a professional cinematographer who has spent the last 25 years shooting features, commercials, and music videos. I decided to share this knowledge to give back to filmmakers because I wish something like it existed when I was first learning to become a cinematographer. My wife Lydia created the vision for the HurlBlog and has encouraged me to give back to the film community in a new way by openly sharing my experiences on the set. My writing focuses on all aspects of storytelling for filmmakers including pre-production, production, and post-production workflow, lighting techniques, technology, the theory and etiquette of cinematography, and in-depth coverage of many of my features, commercials and shorts. I enjoy discussing the art and science of cinematography with a global community. Thank you for your passion and curiosity, which fuels me to continue the journey!
All of the views shared in this blog are expressly my own opinion with the exception of any occasional guest bloggers. However, it should be noted that the blog does have a number of companies that support it (which you can find under the “Trusted Partners” link).
My relationship with these companies is outlined below:
1. I am clear in letting sponsors know that I do not wish to jeopardize my ability to speak freely.
2. This blog’s supporters have agreed to help keep this blog running. My goal is for all of the funds to go straight back into this blog and employees/production/post production who help in the production of the material and videos for the blog.
3. Affiliate programs with Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay and advertisers are another way to support our amazing team. It takes collaboration and time to make the HurlBlog run smoothly.
4. I have been very clear about my ability to discuss any manufacturer and any product out there – regardless of whether or not those manufacturers or products were direct competitors with sponsors or not. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am honest in discussing the tools I like for storytelling.
5. At least one unit of much of the product reviewed or commented on was received on loan or gratis or at a discount from full retail price. Then again, much of the product(s) used onset were obtained by the production company in arm’s length transactions. Our trusted sponsors contribute cash and gear in kind to help keep the blog operational and the information flowing.
6. I am a member of The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a Canon “Explorer of Light,” an “Ambassador for G-Technology’s G-Team,” and a Tiffen “Image Maker.” I have also signed Non-Disclosure Agreements with these and many other companies. Therefore, I cannot comment on any future products/features, etc. or make any forward-looking statements – regardless of whether or not I am aware of anything in the future. Doing so could jeopardize my personal integrity and relationships with these companies.
I am inspired and excited to continue this Blog and appreciate your time in completing surveys and comments so we can make it better each year.
Shane Hurlbut, ASC