Home Cinematography CHANGE IS COMING


written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Director: Julien Lasseur
Director of Photography: Bodie Orman
A Steadicam Operator: Hayden Hauser
B Camera Operator: Jose De Los Angeles
1st AC: Joseph Jang

To give back to a community that has been gracious, creative, generous, inventive, inspiring and passionate, we have created a new look for the HurlBlog to help fuel this revolution. The new iteration of the HurlBlog will launch next week – stay tuned.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL of our collaborators!




The sky is no longer the limit. It’s the stratosphere!


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Darren in Maui January 8, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Classic Shane! Well done!

MD January 8, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Haha awesome….

What lenses were you using? Reason I asked was there looked to be some weird breathing in the shot at 00:30?

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM

MD, All Leica R mount lenses with Leitax mounts. Thank you so much for your kind words.

Brandon January 8, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Shane & Team…

Awesome work as always & Great job to Julien on the direction too! I remember when we were climbing ladders and playing with black wrap… 😉

Miss you guys, & can’t wait to see the new blog!

– Brandon

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Kevin Otterness January 8, 2011 at 12:39 AM

You guys are AWESOME!

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Kevin Otterness, thank you so much for your support. Much in store for the NEW YEAR!!!!!

Carl Olson January 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Love the suspense of your trailer! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for your blog. This site has been one of the best resources for the art and technology of digital film.

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Carl Olson, thank you so much Carl. So great to hear from you.

brett January 8, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Nice. Very funny. Love the acting Shane :-D. There’s a ‘Get Smart’ vibe to the humor with all those doors hehe.

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

brett, thank you so much for the kudos. We have much in store.

Chris McAlister January 8, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Awesome concept, guys! Good to see you in front of the camera, Shane 🙂 Can’t wait to see the new site, by the way. I love this blog and your work with these cameras because of your “qualitative over quantitative” approach and the fact that you reiterate that using them doesn’t change the actual “craft” of filmmaking, you still need to do what we’ve been doing forever and definitely not undermine the process or cut corners, it’s just a new approach now. And such an exciting one at that. It’s good to know, and so inspiring, that someone like you, who knows what he is doing with these cameras, is reiterating that filmmaking isn’t just about pretty pictures and nice composition, but about STORY. Otherwise, you’re just another idiot with a tripod.

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Chris McAlister, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. These comments make all the hard work that we do absolutely worth it. Hats off to you. It is STORY and the people behind the camera not the tool.

Sam Morgan Moore January 8, 2011 at 4:20 AM

Looks a bit like the vid I made April 2010 http://www.vimeo.com/5799415 – to show some DSLR moves – I was terrible at editing back then – still am


Kevin Evans January 8, 2011 at 5:09 AM

1st Class as usaul guys… LOVE the work and the story… HATS off!!!

Shane… Looking forward to seeing your GREAT stuff in the new year… and hopefully you might do a boot camp in Down Under Land (Gods Country that is)… just like Oprah did… Cheers

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Kevin Evans, thank you so much for those kind words. I would love that. The beginning of this year is on fire so far. We will see.

Jerry Rojas January 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hahaha great work guys! So glad to see Bodie as DP and Joe as 1st. AC.
Shane, definetly you are a natural actor my friend! Haha
Hugs to all the team!

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Jerry Rojas, great to hear from you Jerry. So sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. Yes they kicked some ass. Thanks for your support of my acting career, not!!!!! Hugs to you and your lovely family.

Hampus January 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Genius, altough I hate comments like this because they sound so gushy, but you’re a real gift to the community shane!

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Hampus, thank you so much for those kind words and support. We have so much in store for you this year. Very exciting times.

Dailey Pike January 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Hey Shane,

I was prophetic when I told you off camera during our “Citizen Shane” interview that you had “movie star” good looks.

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Dailey Pike, thanks man for showing me the way. You ROCK!!!

Hal Smith January 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I love it!

Gianluca January 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Shane, I have another favor to ask you. I noticed once that also your Pelican cases have custom foaming inside and I was curious to know where you go for that kind of service, because I wouldn’t go anymore to the place that I’m currently going in Gardena. Thanks!

Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Gianluca, I get my cases through Audio Dept. in Burbank http://audiodept.com/. He request the foam and I cut it out. It is not laser cut and hard. That was a recipe for disaster. It shocked the monitor. The soft foam works the best.

Eric January 10, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Ha! That’s great!

Charles January 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM

A star is born! Panavion had already gone home, now we change the actors also …

Carlo P January 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

What’s in the BOX!!!!

Pauli Janik January 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Happy New Year,

I’m following your blog for a while now. Great!
I’m shooting commercials, promo stuff and musicvideos with canons for almost a year now.
I have a huge dilema here. I’m over in Europe ( slovakia ) and I on my way to convince National TV station to shoot weekly series on Canons :).
I have reasonable budged for the stuff, but can’t choose lenses. I just finished 2 days camera test in studio with Canon L’s (24,35,100,45TS) and LaicaR summicron (35,50) on 5D & 550D. TV doesn’t want to invest in used stuff so Leica seems to be out. Pullers can’t work with canons. So I’m guessing Zeiss is my only option? with that I’m thinking CP.2. What would you suggest to do? Is Leica that much better, should I give them no option?

second question if I could: because of re-syncing monitor when pressing record, I’m thinking to go with 7Ds ( 3 of them ) and one 5D for wide shots without monitor ( sniper style ). Will that be step down in quality? Should I deal with the re-syncing and get all 5Ds instead? It’s for HD TV production.

The show is something like Hotel Babylon from UK.

Most appreciated


Shane January 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Pauli Janik, I would go with the Zeiss CP 2’s. This will give your focus pullers a chance in hell. Prepare for much more contrast in your image and cooler tones. The only other way would be to go with PL mounted 7D’s and use Cooke S4’s. The difference that I find with 5D versus 7D is contrast, so with the Zeiss CP 2’s on a 7D you will have limited latitude. With a 5D you gain about a stop to a stop in a half, which is a big deal. I feel that you should go with the 7D’s and not deal with the monitor syncing thing. Unless everyone is on board with seeing a standard def image and the delay. I find that if they are use to having it quickly and without pause you should go 7D and dodge the bullet. I hope this helps

Ivar Edding January 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hey Shane! I absolutely loved when you forced your way into the bamboo, ha ha! Great stuff!

Would you say the Leitax outperform the Novoflex, and in what way?

Keep at it man, all the best!

Shane January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Ivar Edding, I am glad you liked our little piece. It was fun to shoot in 2.5 hours. The Leitax is not an adapter it mounts to the lens as a permanent piece. No play, perfect fit.

Ivar Edding January 14, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Cool, I’m going to check that out!

As always, thank you Shane, and keep’em coming!

Pablo Lewin August 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM


Are you sure Buck Henry wasn’t involved in the making of this promo? Anyway I enjoy the heck out of Hurlbut visuals very useful site. Keep it up .

Shane August 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Pablo Lewin. Haha no he was not involved. Thanks for the kind words and support.

Carlos Diaz January 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Really good as always!! I am very motivated to become a cinematographer as you Shane ,i think this more artisitc part of the movie :CINEMATOGRAPHY,!,!

Shane January 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Carlos Diaz. Thanks so much for the kind words and support.


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