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SIC PODCAST: EP 10 – WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CINEMATOGRAPHER

  • August 27, 2018
  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC
SIC PODCAST: EP 10 – WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CINEMATOGRAPHER

SIC Podcast EP. 10 is now live on iTunes!

This month we cover:

  • My path to becoming a DP, getting an agent, crafting your reel, self-negotiating
  • Vintage lens recommendations, Rokinon vs Canon EF, diffusion filters and other options
  • A discussion about lens barrel distortion and sharpness, Cooke vs Leica camera test
  • Lighting with LED: My recommendation for choosing LEDs with “soul”

Podcast Questions:

1:14

Do you feel that having an agent is necessary for gaining work opportunities? If so, would you be able to elaborate on the process of searching for an agent as a DP as well as some prerequisites that agents typically look for before writing an agreement? Thanks!

13:30

Hello Shane and company… Bryan Tosh here with a question regarding the business. Like most of us Inner Circle members, I am an aspiring DP, I’ve worked on many short student films as a Grip, Gaffer, and DP, but have hopes to get into bigger things, naturally. I’ve been a PA on Portlandia and recently on The Librarians. Do you feel being a PA is a viable way toward working as a DP down the road? Is there hope for the future being a Production Assistant? Thanks so much as always. V/R Bryan Tosh

17:17

Dear Captain of the Death Ship, The Dallas Masterclass was un-friggn’-believable! Cinematographers would be stupid not to attend The Illumination Experience. Film school didn’t get even close to touching the wealth of knowledge I learned there. Thank you! My passion is movies and episodic TV in narrative form. I’ve DP’d a good amount of shorts already and my current workload consists of a lot of corporate and commercial work that just doesn’t fulfill my creative needs at this point in my career. What are your thoughts on how to get episodic or feature length work to guide my career toward more narrative work? Would you suggest finding an agent? If so, how would I go about finding one and what should I look for in an agent? Your wisdom is much appreciated! Alex Fuerst www.alexfuerst.com

26:07

Hi Shane, In your December podcast, you spoke about how you think the best way for a non-Americans to get into the US film industry is to do a masters in the US. What would you recommend for people, like me, who chose to NOT go to university and are trying to get into the industry by freelancing? Thanks!

31:22

Hello Shane, Could you please tell us your views on old vintage lenses (Russian & Japanese) for capturing video on DSLRs. Have you ever used them? Would you recommend for low budget indie filming? Thanks for your time 😉 Khyber UK

34:50

Hi Shane, I would like to ask about using diffusion filters. Do you use these filters all your shots or only some shots when you shoot ‘Need For Speed’ and ‘Act Of Valor’? Thanks in advance.

38:38

Hi Shane! Loving the Podcasts! I’ve listened to every one of them from start to finish… Like a sponge! 🙂 Anyway, the question I have is regarding 80A filters on the lens… Have you ever shot a night for day scene? (Not day for night!) Since HMI lights are to some a very expensive option, do you think it is a viable option to shoot a “day scene” at night using only tungsten lights with a 80A filter on the lens? Will this work or will it look faked? Should I rather use the sport fixtures from Grainger lights? Speaking of the Grainger lights, the ones I found on their website has 4000K color temp bulbs in them… now you mentioned that after 100 hrs or so they burn away the green… Will the color temp rise as well after 100 hours or do i need to look for 6000K bulbs? Thank you for the inner circle, it is truly awesome! Cheerful greetings from South Africa, Bennie

43:01

Hy Shane! First thanks for being so willing to share your knowledge and experience It is really helpful having your website to go to! I was wondering what are your thoughts on Rokinon lenses and Rokinon vs Canon EF lenses?

44:04

Hi Shane, I have a couple questions regarding LED lighting. First, what is your opinion of LED light? Second, can you share any tips for working it? I have a few LED panel lights that I often use for corporate work and I just love the convenience of them: no heat, battery powered, mobile and dimmable. On the flip side, when I use them something just feels off. I can’t quite put my finger on it but if I had to put it in a word, I’d say “artificial.” Thanks! Darren

49:11

Hey shane, i’ve seen all of your videos! and i’m big big big fan of your work. i have question for you and would love an answer on it-

1:How bad is barrel distortion in lenses, is it preferred a little, or do you always want rectilinear lines?

2:How important is lens sharpness ?

3:What i don’t get is slimming of the face. How exactly is that achieved and also the 3D look. i have seen your comparison video with the Cooke and Leica lenses and to be 100% honest with you, i did not get the 3D look thing.

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