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while on set shooting feature films, which he then shares through in depth articles, tutorials,
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into a thriving business, an industry-revered online publication and, best of all,
a global filmmaking community.

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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....

C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light

I will cover c-stand etiquette, as well as help you understand how to shape light. We will be going into more advanced light control in the coming months and...

Power of Diffusion: Smoke

Using the right filtration to impose a mood, create a style, encapsulate a time period or just to cream a woman’s skin can be a very powerful visual tool....

Day Interiors: The Scout

Welcome to my home in part one of a five part series. With this How to Light Day Interiors series, we are going to shoot a scene, and I’ll...

Motivating Your Filmmaking Team

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....

Resiliency in the Industry

Get out there and start to form that skin. Being sensitive is a strength and a weakness. Finding the right level of each is the hard part and you...

How to be a Leader in the Industry

My suggestion to all of you is to continue to educate yourself. Become a responsible filmmaker who will take the time to understand WHY - because this is what...

Creating Ideas for Feature Films

How do I create? ... Like a 5 year old. Try new things. Be selective. You have to follow your heart and believe in your ability and the longevity...

Understanding Your Color Meter

How to read a color temp meter and why it is important. I have always loved understanding the color of different lights -- street lights, fluorescents in a store,...

Storytelling Through Composition I

Many of you have expressed an interest in composition: what makes a good frame or a bad one. There are a few classic frames that I customize to give...

Storytelling Through Composition II

I wanted to thank you all for the huge response on part one of Storytelling Through Composition. Now we move into the tighter side of framing.

How to Train Your Eye

Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love.

When To Use a Fill Light

The third point of a classic three point lighting set up is a fill light. This is that light that adjusts your contrast ratio. Depending on the mood of...

Shaping Light Is Everything

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

DIY Home Depot Lights

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum

Shane’s Inner Circle Movie Night

Join Shane as he dives into his feature films answering questions from Shane's Inner Circle members who attended in person in Los Angeles for the event.

Choosing the Right Focal Lengths

In this article, I thought it would be very cool to show you what different focal lengths feel like to assist in your storytelling process.

Bounce Light: Confidence in Lighting

One of the most powerful qualities of light is the bounce light. It is very misunderstood and way under used. It is my number one choice for all key...

Shaping Light Is Everything

If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft...

Choosing the Right Focal Lengths

In this article, I thought it would be very cool to show you what different focal lengths feel like to assist in your storytelling process.

Key + Shape BOGO

Lighting Techniques – Shaping Light Is Everything for Cinematographers Learning the Language This article is very personal to me because I want all of you to understand where I...

Day Exteriors: Location Scouting

When shooting a day exterior scene, consider the track of the sun when creating your shooting schedule, and match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure...

Day Exteriors: Location Scouting

When shooting a day exterior scene, consider the track of the sun when creating your shooting schedule, and match the sun’s color temperature with the camera’s Kelvin to ensure...

RED Dragon LUTs – Interior Times of Day

These four LUTs take the Red LOG Film output of the Dragon, eliminate all the green and give you a beautifully balanced image for your lighting and client monitors...

Finding Locations that Light Themselves

The first thing I try to do is search for locations that will almost light themselves. Yes, that is correct – the location lights itself. How do you do...

Finding Locations That Light Themselves

The first thing I try to do is search for locations that will almost light themselves. Yes, that is correct – the location lights itself. How do you do...

Cinematography Starter Kit

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Advanced Cinematography Kit

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Bounce Light: Gold

Today's video demonstration is about using the color of gold in your bounce light.

Bounce Light: Gold

Today's video demonstration is about using the color of gold in your bounce light.

The Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2015

With the halfway point of the 2015 year already here, we thought it would be a great time to go back and look at some of the favorite Hurlblog...

Podcast Bundle

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Lighting Techniques Bundle

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On Set With Shane Bundle

Day 1: I want to give you a little background on Fathers and Daughters. Gabriele Muccino is the director of this feature who is known for his work on...

New Orleans Meet Up

They just added a new shooting day on June 6, so I am going to have to postpone until June 13. Meet with Shane and fellow Inner Circle members...

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