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filmmakers globally. Shane Hurlbut, ASC innovates with new cinematography technologies
while on set shooting feature films, which he then shares through in depth articles, tutorials,
and videos as filmmaking courses online. Hurlbut Visuals provides access to this knowledge in a
unique mentoring format to inspire and leverage the learning process through on-going dialogue
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Hurlbut Visuals is a collaboration between Shane Hurlbut, ASC, and his wife, business
partner, and high school sweetheart, Lydia. Over the past seven years, Hurlbut Visuals has grown
into a thriving business, an industry-revered online publication and, best of all,
a global filmmaking community.

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Night Interiors: The Finesse

Anytime you’re dealing with the sheers, if you notice I’ve put grey sheers in here, if you’re doing night interiors, night exteriors – grey sheers are the secret. Because...

SIC Podcast: Ep. 39 – The Hollywood Change

Women in the film industry make up a big part of our most creative voices and storytellers. We have filmmakers like Jane Campion, Reed Morano, Patty Jenkins, Lynne Ramsay,...

Shane’s Cinematography Starter Kit

Welcome to your Cinematography starter kit. I am Shane Hurlbut, ASC and I have created this unique kit for all of you looking to begin your visual storytelling journey....

Advanced Commercial Directing Bundle

Advanced Commercial Directing – Part 1 Advanced Commercial Directing – Part 2 Advanced Commercial Directing – Part 3 Advanced Commercial Directing – Part 4   Click here to download...

Night Interiors: The Build

I’m going to take you through how I light night interiors, and those night interiors will transition from our practical light into moonlight and urban sources that we replicate....

Shaping Light and Shadow

One of the most powerful tools for you as a cinematographer is understanding light and shadow. This is where my Key Grip, Dave Knudson, comes in. It’s all about...

Blocking And Matching Coverage

As a Hollywood cinematographer, I always have to be on my toes and ready for whatever is going to be thrown at me. At times, it isn’t easy; at...

Rosco Diffusion Series Part 6: Color Grids

Welcome back to our diffusion laboratory at the Inner Circle. We have our beautiful model Monette and we’ve set a wonderful stage for going through all the different diffusions....

How To Test Your Lens

Choosing the right lens is such an important part of every project. Each lens brings its own characteristics to the table. There’s no one lens that suits every job...

Portable Generator Etiquette

Shane: Portable generators are a very important part of the movie-making experience. Today we’re going to show a 6500, a 3000, and a 2000. Theses are the workhorse portable...

Rosco Diffusion Series Part 5: Grids

Welcome back to our diffusion laboratory. Now we’re going to be moving on to one of my favorite diffusions on the planet, which is the grid cloth. We’ll take...

How to Light Green Screen Series Bundle

How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting Your Subject We have our green screen all set up and we’re now ready to light Monette. While we’ve seen that Super-Green...

Rosco Diffusion Series Bundle

Rosco Diffusion Series Part 1: Hanover Frost, Brushed Silk, and Light Opal Welcome to our diffusion laboratory. Today, we’re going to be doing some really cool stuff with Rosco...

NAB MeetUp 2017

NAB 2017 Meet Up 4/23/17 at 7PM at Vesper Bar, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Advanced Cinematography Kit 2017

Welcome to your Advanced Cinematography kit. I am Shane Hurlbut, ASC and I have created this unique kit for all of you wanting to expand your skillset and take...

Commercial Directing Bundle

COMMERCIAL DIRECTING BUNDLE Commercial Directing: From Concept to Creation We all have seen the documentary style and how it looks and feels with real people. The director XanderTM over...

SIC Podcast: Ep 31 – Communication is Key

This month Lydia and I sit down to answer your questions about how to deal with difficult people on set while maintaining professionalism, how to ensure your crew hold...

SIC Podcast: Ep 31 – Communication is Key

This month Lydia and I sit down to answer your questions about how to deal with difficult people on set while maintaining professionalism, how to ensure your crew hold...

Blackmagic URSA Mini Camera Test Series

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Camera Test is a 9 part series. Part 1: Overexposure and Skin Tone – Part 1 – Total video content: 1 hour 20 minutes Part...

ARRI Alexa LUTs: Interior Times of Day

I developed these LUTs while shooting Need for Speed and every time I use an Alexa on a commercial or feature project, these are the LUTs that build my...

How to Light an Interview with 4 Lekolites

Most people wouldn’t choose Lekos as their light of choice when doing an interview set-up. I want to break those preconceptions and demonstrate how this tool is the jack...

How to Light an Interview with 4 Lekolites

Most people wouldn’t choose Lekos as their light of choice when doing an interview set-up. I want to break those preconceptions and demonstrate how this tool is the jack...

SIC Podcast: Ep 27 – Composure On Set

This month’s podcast covers how to stay on the ball and figure out what works best for you to successfully manage your career and personal life. Lydia discusses...

SIC Podcast: Ep 26 – Setting Up Your Lighting

This month's podcast covers your questions on setting up your lighting. Shane discusses lighting backgrounds first, set ups and ratios as they pertain to moods, white balancing the night,...

SIC Podcast: Ep 26 – Setting Up Your Lighting

This month's podcast covers your questions on setting up your lighting. Shane discusses lighting backgrounds first, set ups and ratios as they pertain to moods, white balancing the night,...

Headlight Gag: The Build (DIY)

Today I’m going to breakdown the method I used in We Are Marshall to create the headlight gag effect. In a professional setting, grab (1) Matthews Combo Stand and...

Moonlight Grey: Part 2

Tungsten across the board looks like the best and most realistic moonlight source because it looks silver, and has a soft gray like the moon. Since our sources are...

Moonlight Grey: Part 2

Tungsten across the board looks like the best and most realistic moonlight source because it looks silver, and has a soft gray like the moon. Since our sources are...

Moonlight Grey: Part 1

Now we are going to create a gray moonlight. For gray, I like to use tungsten lights because they have a beautiful silver quality. We are going to use...

Moonlight Grey: Part 1

Now we are going to create a gray moonlight. For gray, I like to use tungsten lights because they have a beautiful silver quality. We are going to use...

TV Gag: Dedo Lights

I’m going to use the method I used in We Are Marshall to create a TV gag effect.

TV Gag: Dedo Lights

I’m going to use the method I used in We Are Marshall to create a TV gag effect.

TV Gag: Kino Flo Lights

There are many ways to create a TV light effect. In We Are Marshall I used dedo lights in a chimera softbox. Today I’m going to demonstrate how I’ve...

TV Gag: Kino Flo Lights

There are many ways to create a TV light effect. In We Are Marshall I used dedo lights in a chimera softbox. Today I’m going to demonstrate how I’ve...

Moonlight Blue: The Shoot

Our scene tonight is moody and mysterious. We have two girls running down a hillside through this smoke amongst all this shadowy tree dapple with simulated moonlight backlighting them....

Moonlight Blue: The Shoot

Our scene tonight is moody and mysterious. We have two girls running down a hillside through this smoke amongst all this shadowy tree dapple with simulated moonlight backlighting them....

Moonlight Blue: The Setup (DIY)

The sun is setting, and we are going to start lighting before we run out of daylight. The first thing you want to set when you’re doing night exteriors...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 2

In this article, we are going to bring in the shafts of light and do a lot of fine-tuning to finesse our image. The spotlight packs the wallop of...

Moonlight Blue: The Setup (DIY)

The sun is setting, and we are going to start lighting before we run out of daylight. The first thing you want to set when you’re doing night exteriors...

Moonlight Blue: The Scout

Many of you have asked how I light at night, so in this How to Light Night Exteriors series, I want to show you my style of night lighting.

Moonlight Blue: The Scout

Many of you have asked how I light at night, so in this How to Light Night Exteriors series, I want to show you my style of night lighting.

Prague Meetup April 16

Join me for Cinematography, Community, Collaboration and great Conversation, Saturday, April 16, 8:00 to 10:00pm, in Prague.

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 2

Welcome to part five of the How to Light Day Interiors series, where we will tie up everything and make our final changes.

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 2

Welcome to part five of the How to Light Day Interiors series, where we will tie up everything and make our final changes.

NAB 2016 Las Vegas Meetup

Both my Creative Director David Weldon and SVP of Business Development Doug Leigh will be hosting a meetup of Inner Circle Members at NAB.

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 1

In this article we’re going to focus on getting the right color temperature with our gels to get beautiful color separation. I’m also going to talk about ratios and...

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 1

In this article we’re going to focus on getting the right color temperature with our gels to get beautiful color separation. I’m also going to talk about ratios and...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 2

In this article, we are going to bring in the shafts of light and do a lot of fine-tuning to finesse our image. The spotlight packs the wallop of...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 2

In this article, we are going to bring in the shafts of light and do a lot of fine-tuning to finesse our image. The spotlight packs the wallop of...

Let's get started with this baby! We’re going to begin with the call sheet and pre-production on Into the Badlands.

Day Interiors: The Build Part 1

Now that we know where we want our cameras and our talent, we can add haze, finesse our floodlights to create a beautiful key light, and make adjustments to...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 2

In this article, we are going to bring in the shafts of light and do a lot of fine-tuning to finesse our image. The spotlight packs the wallop of...

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 1

In this article we’re going to focus on getting the right color temperature with our gels to get beautiful color separation. I’m also going to talk about ratios and...

Day Interiors: The Shoot Part 2

Welcome to part five of the How to Light Day Interiors series, where we will tie up everything and make our final changes.

Moonlight Blue: The Scout

Many of you have asked how I light at night, so in this How to Light Night Exteriors series, I want to show you my style of night lighting.

Moonlight Blue: The Setup (DIY)

The sun is setting, and we are going to start lighting before we run out of daylight. You want to set things up in priority order, the most important...

Moonlight Blue: The Shoot

Our scene tonight is moody and mysterious. We have two girls running down a hillside through this smoke amongst all this shadowy tree dapple with simulated moonlight backlighting them....

Day Interiors: The Build Part 1

Now that we know where we want our cameras and our talent, we can add haze, finesse our floodlights to create a beautiful key light, and make adjustments to...

Day Interiors: The Build Part 1

Now that we know where we want our cameras and our talent, we can add haze, finesse our floodlights to create a beautiful key light, and make adjustments to...

How Lenses Assist Storytelling I

The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling II

How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.

Lighting and Grip Packages

We had a request for information on the lighting package I used making The Greatest Game Ever Played, with a $25 million budget, as well as a package for...

Always on Stage in “The Rat Pack”

21 months ago I never could have predicted the direction of my life. With the invention of the 5D camera, I started to understand that creating the look...

Hallowed Halls in “The Skulls”

When Rob Cohen asked me to shoot his next feature after we finished "The Rat Pack," I was ecstatic. I could not wait to get the script. He told...

The Natural Look of “Crazy/Beautiful”

My next picture was with a director named John Stockwell. After signing onto this project I came to realize that John's style and sensibility would change me forever as...

Extending Dawn in “Drumline”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood...

Location Scouting For Filmmakers

I will be sharing how I location scout, what I look for, what the director has asked me to do, the mood and tone that he or she wants...

The Power of the Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

Bounce Light: Creating a Hyper White Look

Part four of this series will go into the Color Temp of bounce light that is Hyper White. This requires a silver material to retain this hyper-white color temp....

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