One of our favorite Directors of Photography has to be Shane Hurlbut as he shares so much of what he learns with the community.. and this article is a great example of that…
I apologize because I didn't get this post ready until after Shane's talk at the DGA Theater on May 15, but I know it is still relevant.
Shane Hurlbut, ASC, on Why the Canon C500 Is His Go-to Camera
Hurlbut is visiting the DGA Theater in New York this Thursday, May 15, for The Future of Digital Cinema Through the Eyes of Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Presented by The Studio-B&H and Canon, the evening promises to be a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at a working cinematographer's kit, along with specific film clips showing what the camera's characteristics allow a director of photography to achieve. We got Hurlbut on the phone last week, the day after shooting wrapped on his latest feature, director Gabriele Muccino's Fathers and Daughters, to ask him about his presentation, getting the most out of modest budgets, and why he embraced digital cinema.
What are you going to be talking about in your presentation at the DGA Theater?
It's kind of my history in digital cinema, which has been pretty minimal. I've shot 17 or 18 feature films, and three of them have been on digital capture. I'm going to show new ways to really connect emotionally with the actors and to immerse an audience. And I will highlight what Canon's [camera] platform does for me as an artist, and how it takes my creativity so much higher than when I was just shooting on film. The way I move the camera, the places I am able to put it for different camera angles, and the amount of coverage I'm able to deliver for a price point — that's the crux of it.
So you don't miss shooting film at all?
I missed it when I first started going into digital cinema. I shot 25 percent of Act of Valor on film and the rest on the Canon 5D. I didn't understand the 5D that well at the time. I knew it was the right tool for the job, but I also knew it would have a steep learning curve. Only after the film was done did I understand the camera and how to finesse it. My next short film, “The Last 3 Minutes,” was superior because I really understood the camera. This one [Fathers and Daughters] is the same way with the [Canon EOS] C500. With Need for Speed, I was getting my bearings. Fathers and Daughters is a masterpiece. It's kind of the way I go into everything I do. I jump head-first into a flaming fire pit, burst myself into flames, fail, succeed, fail and succeed, knowing that, at the end, it's going to be something extraordinary. There are not too many cinematographers that would grab a Canon still camera, three months after it was released, and say, “Yes, this could be on a 60-foot screen in 800 theaters.”
Read full interview at StudioDaily: Shane Hurlbut, ASC, on Why the Canon C500 Is His Go-to Camera
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