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Top Light: The 360 Degree Shotmaker

Top light is light that comes from above. It can be a skylight, a fluorescent, a practical, a shaft of light, etc. It can be an intense top backlight...

GGEP lighting

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...


Why is the Hurlblog Different?

What makes the HurlBlog unique? Lydia and I feel a responsibility to give our time and expertise where we see gaps in education and to inspire filmmakers around the...


Start Your Engines

We all have seen the documentary style and how it looks and feels with real people. The director, Xander over at Backyard Productions, had a different idea and it...


Dynamic Range in Filmmaking Event in LA

I want to let you know about a free educational event coming up this Saturday, September 13th from 2:00 to 5:00pm in San Fernando, California at Revolution Cinema Rentals,...


Sydney, Australia Meet Up and Talk

I am headed to Sydney, Australia next week to speak at a Canon event on August 21, and we would also like to invite everyone to a meet up...

Illumination Experience

The Illumination Experience Educational Tour

Lighting techniques and camera composition is the focus of this course tailored to open your mind in new ways. I have designed this experience to be immersive, interactive and...


Announcing Shane’s Inner Circle

An Exciting New Addition to the Hurlblog Many of you have requested that I create more – more in depth tests, more theory, more gear reviews, more answers and...

Tenebrae Lux

Filmmaker’s Spotlight – Tenebrae Lux

Ryan Boran is an inspiration to the indie filmmaking community, and we want to congratulate him for getting selected for this month’s Filmmakers Spotlight.


Color Correction Made Easy

The Spyder Datacolor is my KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) recipe for color correction success. Many of you have asked me how I mix so many formats so seamlessly....

Need For Speed in Car Tobey and Julia

Need for Speed Lighting Breakdowns

Lighting car interiors at night. How I light, what choices I make with specific units, and why one lighting tool is selected over another.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC

New York Meet Up

Join us for an informal "getting to know you" meet-up with Shane Hurlbut, ASC in New York City.

The Flying Lesson - A look behind the scenes

Filmmaker’s Spotlight

From an extra, to an actor, to a runner, to a production assistant, then a camera assistant, and now as a cinematographer, James Oldham climbed the “film hierarchy” because...


Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers

All of you have been so gracious with your comments about how much I help all of you and make a difference, or changed your life in some way....

Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Las Vegas Meet Up

Sunday, April 6, 5:00pm-6:30pm West Wing Bar Inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Join us for an informal “getting...

Leica Summilux C vs Cooke S4

Why Do We Want Flat Glass?

Tests with the newest Leica Summilux C lenses vs. the gold standard Cooke S4s for Fathers and Daughters.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC Gear Bag

Shane’s Gear Bag

I have been asked by many of our readers to share details regarding my personal Gear Bag. I use a vast array of tools to be able to tell...

Need for Speed

Hurl World Podcast

This podcast covers how we put you in the driver's seat at 180mph on Need for Speed, plus more on my experience and career.

Red Epic vs. Canon C500

Red Epic vs. Canon C500

These extensive tests between the Red Epic and the Canon C500 were conducted over three days with seven other cameras.

Arri Alexa vs C500

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500 Part 2

This week we take you through Canon C500 and Arri Alexa tests of IR Filtration, Interior Latitude, Night ISO, and Night Driving.

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC

HDSLR Workflow and Etiquette

This is the workflow and etiquette that is tried and tested and that I use on all of my commercials, features and music videos.

Need for Speed test with Bandito Brothers

The New Hurlblog Look

Welcome to the redesigned Hurlblog. It is our passion to create original content and educate filmmakers globally, with innovative and practical filmmaking knowledge.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tests

With the price decrease on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, new functions, firmware upgrades and the anticipated delivery of the Pocket Cam, I thought it would be perfect timing to...

Celeb 200 in action on the set of the Ticket

Shane Hurlbut’s Go To Lighting Package

Many of you requested information on the go to lighting package. Having a package that can do many types of lighting is the secret. Lights that can multi-task are...

The Movi arrives on Need for Speed

Where in the world is Shane?

We have a few days off from shooting, so here is a poll. Filming on Need for Speed moves to what location this week?

Canon 1DC

Canon 1D C Internal 4K Workflow

Many people have asked about how I am processing these huge files from the Canon 1D C and its powerful 4K in camera capture. Here is how we roll...

Dark Energy

Dark Energy for After Effects

Lance Maurer and his team at Cinnafilm developed the Dark Energy Suite, a revolutionary texture management system. This is how I was able to seamlessly cut film and the...

Shooting Need for Speed

HurlBlog Reader Survey

Please complete this brief survey and you will be entered in a drawing to win a one hour call with both Shane Hurlbut and Lydia Hurlbut. Ends May 10.

The Music Bed app

The Musicbed App for iPad and iPhone

The Music Bed has just released a cool little iOS app and it is a fantastic way to research what music you want for your project while you are...

Lighting The Ticket

Hurlbut Returns Podcast

I joined the NeedCreative Podcast again this week. We talked about the art and science of cinematography and then did a mini-workshop. I go into story scenarios and how...

RCR Open House

Educational Event for Filmmakers in LA

I'll be speaking Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm in San Fernando with insider information on getting the best out of the new 4K Canon arsenal, Canon 1DC tests, post...

Testing your camera outside the studio

Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies,...

Writing The Ticket

Writing “The Ticket”

By Po Chan. Shane and I have always said that The Ticket is a love story between art and science. I think the true beauty of art, as well...

Camera set-up for tests

Testing Your Camera’s Latitude

How to test your camera’s latitude. This is one of the most important tests that you can perform because over exposing is a very subjective and personal artistic choice.

The Ticket

Editing “The Ticket”

By Dan Liu. As an editor, it is the best feeling knowing that you will have great material to work with. After talking with Po and Shane, I was...

Shane Hurlbut

Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast

The NeedCreative Podcast is an online radio show that covers topics related to creativity. I had the privilege of being the guest of co-hosts Paul Antico and Jason Sidelinger...

Need for Speed test with Bandito Brothers

Win a Signed Act of Valor DVD

Are you following me on Twitter? How about Facebook? In the spirit of the holidays, we have two Act of Valor dvds to give away. All you need to...

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