I was thrilled to be invited to the Hurlbut Visuals camp on the evening of November 2nd (I was in LA for the big Canon EOS C300 announcement) to watch the team set up and light a pickup shot to be used in a commercial they were shooting – of course using the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – and since I found this story about being a Hurlbut Visuals intern I thought they fit together nicely for a post. For those of you wishing to maybe be an intern somewhere – the story gives you great insight as to what it takes and how incredibly worthwhile it is!
I didn't really get to do anything other than observe, but it was a real pleasure to see the inner workings of this amazing team as they worked thru the evening to get the shot as well as meeting all the guys in the interns story! The idea behind the shoot (and I won't mention anything about the product as I don't think I have permission to do that) was that they were shooting a pickup shot for the commercial where a military guy was out in the field with tent and gear behind him and was making a recording for his troops. You'll see Shane and the team managed to turn their office into a military encampment with a few strategically placed props and camouflage. The illusion looked very complete in the monitor!
My thanks go out to Lydia, Shane, Stephanie, and the entire Hurlbut Visuals team who helped me and were so kind thru my several trips out there this year! My thanks to Danny as well for running out and grabbing dinner for me!
My BTS shots
In this first shot, you can see the crew working to prepare for the next shot – and they used every trick in the book and made up a few along the way I think. The producers couldn't make the trip to LA for the shoot (they were in New York) but they were on skype watching the talent run thru the shoot (you can see the computer right in front of the talent – that is how they were watching thru Skype – right there in front of the actor! Very clever way to shave a few $ off the budget!). They also had a laptop set up to act as the teleprompter. Simple.
You can see from this shot that there wasn't a ton of lighting added – they used what was in the studio to light things and added a few extra lights from around the office.
For audio, they did a double setup – one lav mic hidden in the uniform as well as a boom mic overhead.
This monitor was in the upper left of the final shot… it was connected to a PC behind the camouflage and was showing a google map which one intern spent the evening dragging around the screen to give motion to the map behind the actor… nobody said being an intern was always glamorous!
This final shot I threw in just to show the team going over the setup before they began the shoot
Meet the Cinematography Intern DREAM TEAM
Internship Program was an educational labor of love for Hurlbut Visuals for the 2010-2011 year. It has been our way of educating and inspiring young filmmakers. The goal was to create a variety of hands on immersive experiences: shooting, lighting, theory, and storytelling, Let’s meet The Dream Team!
Now, run over to the Hurlbut blog to read “What It’s Like to be a Hurlbut Visuals Intern (Introduction by Shane Hurlbut, ASC)”. It is worth your time!
(cover photo credit: snap from me!)