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The New HurlBlog

written by Lydia Hurlbut


Hurlbut Visuals Mission Statement

Hurlbut Visuals was created by Lydia and Shane Hurlbut, ASC to educate and inspire one filmmaker at a time. It began as a way for Shane to share his many years of experience as a filmmaker, his pioneering spirit with new cutting-edge technologies and practical product knowledge on both commercial and feature films. Through the creation of original content, Shane and the Elite Team test new products and experiment with innovative techniques, which they share with the Hurlbut Visuals readership in blog entries in a way that is both engaging and informative. The goal is to ignite the passion, creative ideas and dreams of the bloggers with more efficient, environmentally and economically responsible technology.

HDSLR Bootcamp - Another educational arm of Hurlbut Visuals

HDSLR Bootcamp – Another educational arm of Hurlbut Visuals

From the first blog entry in 2009, Shane, Lydia and the Elite Team began a dialogue with their audience that continues to this day. Initially through emails and then through blog comments, the conversation has expanded to include people from as far away as Iceland and spanning to Europe, Central America and South Africa. The Hurlbut Visuals audience is made up of a myriad of people from around the globe who have a thirst for knowledge and information related to filmmaking. For those where film school is not available, Hurlbut Visuals has become the go to resource with the latest technology and proven techniques flowing freely to all who seek it.

This survey is now over.

We value your privacy. We will use your name and email address solely for communications regarding this survey.

Welcome to the HurlBlog 2011! We have given our blog a redesign to make navigation faster and easier. The Blog will be continually evolving over the course of the year to not only bring the education posts that you have come to expect from Shane Hurlbut, ASC and our guest blog experts, but new additions such as interviews, contests featuring your work with the winner having the opportunity to spend time with Shane and the Elite Team on the set, and an expanded internship program just to name a few. We look forward to hearing about about what topics you would like covered.

Shane Fueling the Revolution

Shane Fueling the Revolution

The new changes and additions have been made possible by sponsor money from companies that have championed our cause of inspiring and educating one filmmaker at a time. We are only accepting sponsorships from companies that we have a relationship with and whose products Shane and the Elite Team have used extensively on set. All of the sponsor money goes right back into the services that we offer you. As always, all of the content on the Hurlbut Visuals website is the opinion of the authors and is meant for the sole purpose of educating filmmakers.

We hope that you use and enjoy the expanded services that we are offering. This is going to be a very exciting year and want your input to continue to fuel this revolution.

Happy New Year!

-Lydia Hurlbut

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Jesse Springer January 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks for putting in the time and effort!

Lydia January 11, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Jesse, thanks for your support. We hope the navigation is more intuitive with the new blog.

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Andrew Winchell January 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I really like the updated look of the blog! Thanks for continuing to provide helpful information to filmmakers. Whenever I need inspiration, I’ll watch an interview with Shane and have my passion reignited! His energy is contagious! Thank you all for your hard work.


Lydia January 11, 2011 at 3:53 AM

Thanks for the feedback and we are thrilled you like the changes. If you have specific content requests, please be sure to let us know that too.

Sam Phibbs January 11, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Thanks so much to you and Shane and my apologies for mis spelling your name in my feedback.

Lydia January 11, 2011 at 4:48 PM

You are so welcome and no worries re: spelling. We are very excited for 2011 with the Blog.
Stay tuned.

Carlo P January 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Looks even better than before!. Great improvement. Looks very clean.
Looking forward to another great year of tips and information!
Thank you.

Lydia January 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Thank-you! We are planning for the next year and have many ideas for content with posts. We would love to hear from you about what your needs are so please take the time to fill out our survey!

Scott Russell January 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Just a quick thank you guys for your continued efforts. I really appreciate the time and effort you all put into this filmmaking resource. If anyone is ever over in Scotland (I’m based near Edinburgh) I’d love to get involved with a project in any way I can.

Lydia January 11, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Shane travels quite a bit, so we will keep it in mind that you are in Scotland and have you on the list of people that want to be involved.
Thank-you for noticing all of our effort.

Matthias Saunders January 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Thanks Lydia & Shane!!!

Lydia January 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

You are welcome Matthias!

Robert Shaver January 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Thanks for sharing all that you do. As far as the update goes … I mostly read these posts in my RSS reader so I don’t really remember what the previous site looked like. This new one looks great though. I really appreciate that you send the whole article in the RSS feed. Many blogs do not so they force you to come to their site if you want to read the whole thing.



Lydia January 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Thank-you for the kind words re: our changes. Glad the RSS feed is working well for you.
Please let us know if you have specific content requests for the year.

Oli Kember January 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Great update to an already great blog. I don’t know any other DP out there who is so willing and so qualified to share their knowledge so thoroughly. Much appreciated and I can’t wait to see more!

Lydia January 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Thank-you for your feedback. Your kind words about Shane mean so much to both of us.
The blog is one of our main points of focus for the year and we will have guest bloggers, a fun contest, and many more posts from Shane.


Richard van den Boogaard January 12, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Hi Shane,

Perhaps an interesting topic you can delve into in 2011 is High Dynamic Range Video. A few months ago, I wrote an article on this on ReelSEO – by using 3D camera rigging techniques, real-world high-contrast-ratio recordings can be realised without having blown out high-lights or underexposed areas.

Please feel free to read it: http://www.reelseo.com/hdr-video-3d/



Lydia January 12, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Thank-you for sharing your ideas and article. We have added your suggestion to our growing list.

Charles January 12, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Thank you! I thought it was already beautiful and it gets even better. We hope to switch to the 5D this year.

Lydia January 12, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Thank-you for the kind words. Stay tuned next week for a post/contest from Shane. It will be a fun one!

Bulent January 13, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Lydia & Shane,

Been an avid follower of Hurlblog since I picked up my first HDSLR and have to say it is absolutely fantastic! You just can’t beat the quality of information here, it’s clear, precise & most importantly.. USEFUL!

Great redesign & mission statement for 2011, that’s what you call trailblazing 😉

Really appreciate your efforts & thank you for creating this wonderful environment for all us Indie’s 🙂

P.S, If you’re ever in London, would love to lend a hand.


Lydia January 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Your wonderful words mean so much! Thank-you for the feedback that you find the Blog posts useful. We will continue that theme of specific and practical information throughout the year.
This is a key area of focus for us this year, not only with Shane but guest bloggers as well from our wonderful HV team and others. So stay tuned.


Paul Hughen February 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Hi there,
Shane has been a great help in the past and now I am faced with a problem that I am trying to sort out. Please help if possible. I need to view the image from my 5d while shooting and export out to a monitor for clients AND a monitor for a puppeteer. Do I need an external monitor hooked up to the 5d for shooting and signaled out from that to the other two monitors? Thanks in advance and always thanks for the help…

Shane February 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Paul Hughen, yes. You will need to have an on-board monitor on your 5D and then you can go Standard def out of the monitor. Don’t bother yourself with HDSDI conversions and Black Magic boxes, they will just bury you. You are very welcome.


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