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Lan Bui’s phone call with Shane Hurlbut, ASC about Illumination Experience Tour

Ever since I heard about the Illumination Experience Tour that Shane Hurlbut, ASC was doing I couldn’t wait to talk to him about it. I’ve always thought that anyone that wanted to do any job should physically go do it. And in order to know what it’s like to really make movies, I thought it was always best to be on set.

In the past the best advice I could give was to somehow get on set on some movie and watch how things are done.

I did this by shooting behind the scenes on TV, films and lots of indie productions. It was the easiest way to move around and find out how things were done on set and talk to all the different department heads to find out what they do.

This is not that easy to do though, people ask me to visit my sets all the time and I try to let as many people as possible, but usually I just can’t let everyone come.

Here is where I thought Shane’s tour would be something very useful. It is a tour where you get to be in an intimate environment with someone that is shooting multi million dollar films and you get hands on experience.

Take a look at the website for all the details, listen to our phone conversation, and if you are serious about learning from someone that makes big movies you should make sure you get your seat in one of the following cities:

Saturday, October 04/Sunday, October 05 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tuesday, October 07 DETROIT
Thursday, October 09 BOSTON
Saturday, October 11/Sunday, October 12 BROOKLYN
Tuesday, October 14/Wednesday, October 15 TORONTO
Saturday, October 18/Sunday, October 19 CHICAGO
Tuesday, October 21 MINNEAPOLIS
Saturday, October 23 DENVER
Saturday, October 25 SEATTLE
Thursday, October 30 PORTLAND
Sunday, November 02 VANCOUVER
Tuesday, November 04 SALT LAKE CITY
Thursday, November 06 SACRAMENTO
Saturday, November 08/Sunday, November 09 SAN FRANCISCO
Tuesday, November 11 SAN JOSE
Thursday, November 13 SAN DIEGO
Saturday, November 15/Sunday, November 16 LA/BURBANK
Monday, November 17 LA/BURBANK

100 Years, 100 movie quotes

I need to watch more films… there are way too many quotes in this supercut of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes that I know but have not seen the actual film. It is a goal of mine to see more good classic films.

Here is the complete list of the AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movie Quotes. So inspiring.
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Going to NAB 2014

If there is anyone going to NAB 2014 I would love to see you! I’ll be there from Monday until Thursday speaking at the NIKON Theater twice a day. NIKON asked me to come speak for them at the conference about filmmaking, making money in filmmaking and making the transition from making YouTube videos to shooting a Hollywood feature film.

A lot of you have send us messages asking about the continuation of the ‘How to book your first $100,000 shoot‘ blog post, and it is coming… Read More…

David August wins development contest for WMM Sketch Show

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Last night Chloe Mae Loop and I went to an event in Hollywood I heard about… heard about on Facebook… didn’t really know much about… just needed to get out of the house… after working on editing a short documentary of artist Shane Robinson that Vu and I shot in Maui a few weeks ago all day. Run-on sentence is exactly how confusing and tiring one gets after an all day editing session… hahaha!

So, we show up to a small theater in Hollywood and I’m just expecting it to be a low key simple event like it was described on Facebook:

    - 10 2 to 4 page sketches will be performed with scripts in hand
    - 10 minute intermission
    - Ballots handed out for voting on the sketches
    - 3 to 5 long form improv scenarios will be acted out
    - Ballots will be collected for the 10 sketches
    - As Ballots get tallied, a short form improv game will be played

But when we walk in I was instantly impressed. Read More…

Have coffee with Anna Akana, Riley Rewind star and writer via Google Glass interview

Above is an interview of sorts with Anna Akana done with Google Glass.  It’s basically the two of us casually talking shop and recording the entire thing. Anna, thank you so much for your time!!!

If you have not seen the series yet click here to watch it now!!!

A few months ago Kent Nichols asked me if I was available for some pickup shots for a TV show… well… a short film… actually a digital series… or web series… kind of all the same in my eyes lately.

Anna Akana had written (with Ray William Johnson‘s colaboration) a short series about a girl who could time travel, deals with some issues only a time traveler has, and some issues all of us face, like finding out someone is suicidal…

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Free one page professional call sheet template

Looking for a two page free call sheet template? Click here.

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A lot of requests were made for a single page smaller one in PDF version and a Google Doc version. So, Chloe took her time and made you exactly that!!!

This call sheet will print on one side of a standard 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper.

Now, I know it isn’t in PDF format natively, that because the nature of call sheets need to be customized a lot before use… so Google Docs can easily export it to PDF and XLS, so it covers both of those with ease.

Here are some quick instructions on how to export it to PDF and XLS, but you can just make a copy to your Google Drive and use it from there; I’d recommend that way.

Download the one page Call Sheet Template

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How to book your first $100,000 shoot

Photo by Adam Barker

Photo by Adam Barker

Over the last few years, I got pretty close a few times… but that barrier is a magical one… and as superficial as it sounds, it felt so good to finally do it.

That good feeling isn’t from the money. Its all from being validated that you are awesome in someone elses eyes. That your work, your talent, you… you… you… are epic and amazing. Well, that and knowing you can pay your employees and bills… that feels very good too.

I’m going to start this story a while ago… 2009… when shooting on the Canon 5D mark II was just getting popular (don’t worry, it’s not that long of a story). Vu and I were shooting everything we could. We were shooting promotional videos for photographers, we were shooting a daily comedy show, we were shooting weddings, we would shoot anything. We drove to Los Angeles from Orange County once or twice a week just to meet up with other people making videos and posting them online. We had been doing this since 2005, before YouTube was a place we trusted to upload our videos.

All of this hustle and work and network building was confusing but so so fun. Meeting other like minded people and talking to them for hours and hours was one of the best feelings I ever had. But I never knew how it would actually benefit me. I just knew I liked it.

What did I actually like? I liked shooting, I liked talking about shooting, I liked showing people some cool tricks I learned or some new way to encode videos that saved time or bandwidth, I liked meeting someone then shooting with them and making something awesome but then going and shooting something else with someone new right after!

I was a slut.

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Call Sheet Template LIVE

Ask us questions on Twitter and Facebook with hashtag

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Download the call sheet template here

How to fill out a call sheet

Lindsey front flip jumping off a sand dune in Death Valley on the Manfrotto shoot!

Lindsey front flipping off a sand dune in Death Valley on the Manfrotto shoot!

We have had a massive response to the call sheet template!!! It makes me so happy to see people want and need it.

The biggest request were instructions on how to actually properly use and fill out the call sheet. So… after contacting Lindsey Koens (the one person I think would be perfect for this), we are now doing a webinar/live stream with her so everyone can join in and learn how!!!

Lindsey was a producer on the last big commercial I shot for Manfrotto where we drove around California for 7 days shooting in 12 locations… and I could not have done it without her. I’ve worked with her a few times and trust her implicitly. She works extra hard, is super smart and has worked on massive projects as well as tiny ones, so she knows where we are coming from.

So, just to prepare for the how to event, let us know what questions you have!!!

The live stream is scheduled for: Read More…

Free two page Professional Call Sheet Template

Looking for a single page free call sheet template? Click here.

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No strings attached… just straight free download of a professional Call Sheet Template.

I’ve looked high and hard for a great call sheet template… even a good call sheet template… even just a usable call sheet template!!! I was not able to find one that really did the job. I was always jealous when I got hired to go on set to DP a shoot and the call sheet was all nice and pretty and more importantly easy to read and looks easy to use! An easy to use call sheet was nowhere to be found.

So… I asked Microsoft Excel GURU, Chloe Mae Loop, to make one with me after consulting with one of my producers, Lindsey Koens on what all it should have on it. We built it from the ground up keeping ease of editing in mind. We pulled out a number of call sheets from commercials, TV shows, indy films, big feature films and made what we believe to be the a great easy to use call sheet.

Chloe made it in Excel, but then I realized that not everyone would have Excel so I put up a survey asking people what format they would like to have it in.

2,320 people ended up taking a look at the survey so I think we have a pretty good idea what format the call sheet template should be in. The top two were Excel and PDF. So right now we are publishing it in both MAC and PC versions of Excel with the PDF version of the call sheet on the way (we will just add it here later).

Please download it and use it for free. Here are the direct download links:

Call Sheet Template MAC Excel version

Call Sheet Template PC Excel version

Single Page PDF and Google Doc Call Sheet Template

Enjoy!!! And if there are any changes or suggestions let’s discuss that below in the comments.