Shane’s Inner Circle


Your virtual mentorship grants you access to in-depth blog posts, tests,
lighting tutorials, lighting technique, camera profiles, and LUTs along
with an exclusive Facebook page offering forum-style information
and intimate interaction with an ASC cinematographer like never before!





Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., is a world-renowned cinematographer who shoots multimillion dollar blockbuster films. Shane brings a level of unparalleled passion and excitement to everything he does.

He is an innovative cinematic pioneer that deploys new techniques on every project to challenge him and enhance the quality of his work. He seamlessly blends different camera emulsions to enhance storytelling. One of his recent films, Act of Valor, was shot primarily using the Canon 5D Mark II camera and is the first HDSLR full-length feature released by a major studio.

Shane Hurlbut is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is among a select group of cinematographers recognized by Canon as an “Explorer of Light” and by the Tiffen Company as an “ImageMaker”. These companies are especially known for recognizing film making innovators in how they use equipment and the results they deliver.





Lighting Techniques

Get inside Shane’s “lighting playbook,” in which he details how to use lighting essentials for creating and sustaining a compelling story. Two things define cinematography: Where you place the light, and how you create shadow. The first stroke of lighting is the key light, the light that exposes the face. This is where you always begin because where you place the key light dictates where you place your camera. Learning the art of creative lighting is an essential core of Shane’s Inner Circle.

On Set With Shane

“Go on set with me as a virtual member of my team. See what I see when walking onto a location for the first time, and how I interact with the director about the setting and the script.  See the location pictures, what I’m looking for, the light quality in the room, and the things I’ll need to alter in transforming ordinary into extraordinary.  Understand where I place my lights and why, and view the actual lighting schematics. I’ll describe curve balls that are thrown at me by the director, Mother Nature, and the ever-changing production schedule. I’ll show you how we worked around these obstacles and succeeded in the end.”

Film Theory

It is important to balance film-theory fundamentals with more practical application solutions that are easily implemented on set. See comprehensive, cinematic solutions that combine film theory and the power of innovative lighting techniques. Cinematic solutions include extensive narratives to explain Shane’s creative purposes and thought processes, the bold choices he regularly makes, and the risks he willingly takes in capturing the director’s cinematic visions.

In-Depth Tests

Shane and his expert team of camera operators constantly test new products, experiment with innovative techniques, and push both to their capability limits. Get to know the subtleties of choosing the right lenses, the proper camera motions, and the ideal lighting configuration necessary to optimize the visual flow of the story. Gain insight into how he chooses the best camera for capturing the scene he has envisioned. Learn the importance of choosing the best tool for the job with no gratuitous allegiance to a single camera type or lens.

Monthly Podcast

During his monthly podcast, Shane answers questions submitted by members that directly address unique issues and challenges they encounter. In addition to inquiries about equipment and technology, subscribers ask Shane how he interprets and captures character emotions that help enhance the theme of the story. Career advice questions are answered, and Shane provides insight on how to access sources of information that may be difficult or next to impossible to obtain. He frequently interprets questions beyond what’s been asked to provide additional insight in addressing the designated subject.

Camera Profiles and LUTs

Get access to picture styles that lensed Act of ValorThe Last 3 MinutesThe Ticket, and more 150 commercials. Transform your DSLR into a movie-making machine.

Increase your efficiency and productivity on set by downloading these camera profiles for your C500, C300, C100, C100 MK II, and 1DC that my team and I roll out with on a daily basis

Inner Circle Forum

Your membership gives you entry to an exclusive Facebook page that offers an interactive forum headed by an ASC Cinematographer fostering a creative environment in which Inner Circle members work together.