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Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp: Join the Revolution of Digital Film

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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Hurlbut Visuals is looking for 40 forward thinking filmmakers, men and women to enlist in the pursuit of trail blazing this new technology with the few, the proud, the Elite Platoon.

Our motto is to educate and inspire one filmmaker at a time. On August 28 & 29 we are going to take that to the next level. Everything that the Elite team and I have learned over the last 17 months will be delivered to you in a two day, hands on intensive. There are only 40 slots available because this course is not for a mass education. It is intimate and personal with a 5 to 1 student to teacher ratio.

(DAY ONE)  Menus, quirks, pros, cons, building pictures styles, rigs, monitor configurations, follow focus, still glass, cinema glass and media managing.

(DAY TWO) We deliver you to the front line.  Four Teams of ten are deployed and sent down range led by one Elite Team member (LC) to shoot in two simulated set environments as well as prep, move, build, create video village, focus, expose, download, just to name a few.  At the end of the day all of the media will be shown on a 25′ screen with a 2K Christi projector for the four teams to review, color correct and discuss successes as well as mistakes.

The most unique aspect about this Bootcamp is the fact that the 40 men and women who enlist will have a custom 2 day course that meets his or her specific professional needs not a broad scope platform, but a dynamic training class that changes based on the  participants who sign up.  HOOYA!!!

Here is the link: www.hdslrbootcamp.com


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Mel Haynes Jr July 13, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I got notice of this from your newsletter and could not imagine how much we could learn from this workshop. If the quality and detail you put into your blogs is any indication of how the workshop will go down, this will be a great weekend. I hope this is not a 1 time event.


Shane July 13, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Mel Haynes Jr, Thank you for your kind words, this is a beta test to see how it goes, so at this point it is a one time event, not to be duplicated for a while.

Noel July 13, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Shame I live in Ireland, otherwise I’d be very excited to sign up for this 🙁

Kevin July 13, 2010 at 8:01 PM

This looks like it’ll be an amazing weekend! Now to see if I can convince work to pay for it…

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Arnar July 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM

This is very exciting and for me it’s at a perfect time. I’m going to sign-up today and fly over there from Iceland. Hope it’s not full yet 🙂

Shane July 20, 2010 at 2:35 AM

Arnar, We are so excited to have you. We are getting close to full so don’t wait long. Thank you for your support.

Joe B. July 20, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Looking forward to hearing about the bootcamp! One question:
looking at the Dreamcolor lighting monitor–exactly how do you guys prop that up on set? I have had one for a while, and would like to figure out a way to use my Pelican case as a stand like you guys do. I asked someone at Alternative a few months back and they said “U bolts,” but I wasn’t able to get any elaboration for how to install them to the back of the monitor or what size. Would hugely appreciate any instruction on this, as a monitor would be key for non-handheld shots, but as of now carrying the desk stand around on set is a little cumbersome. Don’t have the funds for a set monitor in addition to my CC monitor right now, so hoping that with the right field config the Dreamcolor can pull double duty without slowing me down. Also, to sneak one more question in there–a post on monitoring pitfalls and tricks might be a good one: like, for the 5d, when to use hdmi vs component, facts on live view out delays/limitations when recording for different cameras an how this translates into wise monitoring solutions–I’m sure that info is somewhere else, but this site is such a great single repository for the essential field knowledge…Thanks always for your help, Shane, JB

Shane July 20, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Joe B., The bootcamp is going to be awesome, no where else will you get this vast amount of knowledge in such short time. This is geared to turn your footage into digital film and how I have learned through all my mistakes to get to that point. Along with continually learning everyday I put this camera and the platform to the test.

On the Dream color monitor, Darin Necessary made these cool plates that screw into the existing screw holes of the monitor. We then took a Dewalt screw gun and drilled two corresponding holes through the handle of the 1650 Pelican case, then it has two 3/8″ bolts that screw into this back plate and go through the handle to attach it to the Pelican case. I will think about the monitor blog. That is a great idea and needs vetting. I hope this helps.

Eric Diosay July 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Dammit. Gonna be in Romania in August. No chance this will happen again in the near future, would it?

Dorian White July 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM


If I had enough money for the bootcamp, I would be there in a heartbeat. Oh to be a starving filmmaker!

Shane July 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Dorian White, I understand, I wanted to roll this class out with the most information that any class has ever given, plus hands on training from people that actually use the camera and not ones that do not even know where the on/off switch is. That is why it is so expensive to put on. I am paying all of my elite team their day rates as well as all the other editors and colorists involved.

George Russell August 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Aloha Shane,
Living here in Hawaii, need to make plane reservations for your ultimate boot camp. Is it full or closed out?
Cannot accept my info:-(

Shane August 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

George Russell, George we would love to have you. It is not closed yet we are down to the single digits. How can I help with your sign up?

maureen ganley August 5, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I cannot make your training adventure and am deeply disappointed. Please keep me posted on the next one (and consider NYC/westchester area-we’ve the room for crew on a budget). Love your work & will continue to follow & learn. safe travels and all the best to family. Maureen

Shane August 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

maureen ganley, I am so sorry that you are not able to make it. There are no plans to do any other bootcamp in 2010, and it looks like I will be heading off to shoot a feature in November. Thank you so much for your support and making the effort to try and come west. All the best to you.

Fernando Castillo September 4, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Shane, I am but a lonely amature in the field of Photography but, have been inspired recently by your outstanding work with these Canon cameras. I also admire the work of Vincent LaForet. So much that, I am opening a photography business in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I have family in Lakeland, Florida and have plans to visit this November and will take the advantage to purchase both the Canon 5D Mark II and the 7D. I have studied the reviews from Canon website to YouTube’s reviews. I humbly ask you, besides yourself, where would you suggest I could learn more in a short period of time, how to get the most out of these cameras. Please tell your team to keep me informed as to any future Bootcamp and I promise, I would be the first to join!! Keep up the fantastic ground-breaking work you and your team are doing. God Bless!!

Kahl January 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM

This is truly inspirational.

BTW, from the promo footage, what type of [small] matte box was that attached to the lens? I’ve seen quite a few, but none that could actually be used in-hand. Not just necessarily shoulder mounted, but there were shots of some of you holding the cam WITH a small matte box attached. Apart from the larger ones on the tripod.

What type/brand was this?
Thanks, Shane.


Shane January 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Kahl, Can you be more specific, which shot are you talking about in the promo footage. Thanks for those kind words and your support.

Kahl January 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Sure, there are several points within this promo video actually that show off smaller matte boxes.
This video: http://vimeo.com/15301191
00:06 and 1:20


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