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welcome to hurlbut visuals

Hurlbut Visuals is an online educational platform and professional networking tool that improves your confidence and competence as a filmmaker.

Together, the Hurlbut Visuals team creates an engaging online curriculum that covers everything from the basics of filmmaking and theory to essential industry knowledge. Beginner and advanced filmmakers are welcome. Take courses on highly-technical grip and electric work, how to shape light, camera movement techniques, pre-production planning through post-production workflow, and critical leadership skills for career advancement.

Become a member of the Inner Circle; go behind the scenes with Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Learn on the go, wherever you are and from any device. Get access to invaluable information and resources, and finetune your art with the help of a global filmmaking community.

Learn the art of filmmaking at your own pace.

Shane’s inner circle

Become a member of Shane’s Inner Circle and obtain immediate access to 12 lessons & 3 hours of video tutorials. Every week, get brand new content with insider knowledge and skills that will help you develop your filmmaking career, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned professional.

the hurlblog

Read the the latest industry insights from Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Get free access to knowledge about the art and science of cinematography, advanced lighting techniques, rules for powerful storytelling, and even directing and producing.

latest articles

SIC Podcast Ep.5

Jun 18, 2018

Creating a healthy DP-Director relationship is a key element to having a smooth production. This podcast will show the must-knows behind establishing a productive shoot.

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Cineo Special Sale

Jun 18, 2018

25% off! Yeah… 25% off from one of my all-time favorite lighting companies, Cineo. Cineo is having a 20% off sale and when you use our special code: CINEOSH2018 –…

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Jun 06, 2018

Take a look at what was inside the 5 Day Deal bundle and what Hurlbut Visuals contributed.

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SIC Podcast Ep.4

Jun 06, 2018

In this podcast, we really wanted to focus on the importance of lighting. If you want to rise up the ranks as a director of photography, you need to learn the principles of what makes good and bad lighting.

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5DayDeal Bundle Launches Soon! (Seriously.)

May 31, 2018

Tick. Tock. It’s that time again! 5DayDeal will be launching 2018’s secret bundle on June 1st at Noon PDT. Every year the bundle is not only different, but it gets BIGGER and BETTER. No matter if you’re a seasoned cinematographer or a photographer looking to work with more video, the Video Creators Bundle will better you as a filmmaker.

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May 29, 2018

You can now download and listen to Shane’s Inner Circle Podcasts for FREE! The podcast is available for download on iTunes and streamable on YouTube. The Shane’s Inner Circle Podcast is hosted by Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his wife and CEO of Hurlbut Visuals, Lydia Hurlbut.

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Win BIG with the 5DayDeal!

May 25, 2018

Insane prizes are on the horizon! We’re talking free Tutorials, Tools, Course Gear, Subscriptions and tons of Industry Products. The 5DayDeal is back and bigger than ever!

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May 09, 2018

I’m always getting asked what I use or why I use a specific piece of hardware or gear for my studio build setup. Well, today we’re going to try and answer a few of those questions, and probably generate dozens more! We previously discussed how to Rig Your Camera for Handheld, so now we’re going to figure out the best Studio Build for you that’s both achievable and affordable.

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Embarking on a Journey: with Fáelán Maley

Apr 30, 2018

Fáelán, who was once a kickass assistant of mine, is a cinematographer on a mission. And thanks to her excellent documentation of photos, she’s going to take us through one of her expeditions to the rainforest. There, she’s going to show us how she travels light, while also having the right equipment to get the job done. Now, gear up! We’re in for one hell of a ride!

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Top 5 Vimeo Shakedown: Music Videos

Apr 29, 2018

Since the beginning of MTV in the early-80’s, Music Videos have grown to be a staple in the entertainment industry, as well as all of popular culture. Most musicians won’t…

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Mastering the Industry with SIC

Apr 25, 2018

It’s not an easy feat to make your mark in an over-saturated landscape like Hollywood, and that’s what makes a community like the SIC such an important network. If you want to master the industry in today’s climate, it takes constant strives for self improvement; something Matthew has achieved with his latest reel!

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Win $30,000 Towards Your Short Film

Apr 24, 2018

SHIFT, a rebrand of MediaSilo and Wiredrive, has unveiled their Creative Fund which will award three narrative short film projects. The grant includes $30,000 for each project along with access to consultations with creative partners across the industry, use of the SHIFT Airstream trailer for mobile production, and a space in SHIFT’s Los Angeles offices.

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Choosing the Best Screenwriting Software

Apr 23, 2018

When it comes to screenwriting software it can be a love-hate relationship. There are many to choose from but really only a handful that stand out to most screenwriters. In this list, I will review three of my favorite programs, the features they offer, the pros and cons, and finish by telling you what I currently use.

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Top 5 Vimeo Shakedown: Commercial Art

Apr 22, 2018

The commercial world is evolving into realms we’ve never imagined. Less often will we be forced to sit through the sugary visuals and schizophrenic direction marketing teams try to lure the “general” audience in with. Instead, filmmakers are being given more slack on the proverbial rope to try their own artistic visions. In this Top 5 Shakedown, we’ll be focusing on some of the best commercial filmmakers found on Vimeo.

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Teradek’s Bolt Manager Gets a Tune-Up!

Apr 19, 2018

Teradek’s Bolt Manager is a major asset on set. You don’t need a computer, it configures your wireless video system in lightning speed, and oh yeah, it’s firmware is getting…

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RED Monstro Test: Xeen Lens vs. Canon Lens

Apr 17, 2018

The new Monstro 8K VV sensor from RED is a beast. It’s a huge sensor, not just in resolution, but in size. So, I wanted to know how well certain lenses covered this big of a sensor.

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Top 5 Vimeo Shakedown

Apr 15, 2018

Vimeo shows that being a great filmmaker doesn’t always mean you are shooting a major motion picture or high profile commercial. These filmmakers are bending, molding, and changing the industry as we know it to short form media and visual poetry.

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Apr 09, 2018

One of the most popular rigs out there is the handheld rig, because it allows you mobility and frees you up to get your shot fast. When it comes to figuring out the best way to configure your digital camera, there tends to be a lot of arms, a lot of cables, and a lot of accessories.

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Learn RED‘s Cameras and Workflow with REDucation

Apr 07, 2018

REDucation is a powerful, intimate, and hands-on program available to cinematographers, AC’s, DITs, and filmmakers all over the world! Taught by industry professionals, REDucation is a 3-day course where you can learn the RED Digital Cinema equipment and process.

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FIND YOUR SONGS FASTER – Musicbed’s New Features

Apr 05, 2018

Musicbed has been my go to resource for music for all our videos on the Hurlblog and The Inner Circle since its inception. Before Musicbed we’d have to spend hours upon hours looking for the right music track only to be either underwhelmed by the selection or blown away by the price…

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