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  • Shaping light is everything when it comes to perfecting your lighting. That’s where the grips come in handy. Key Grip Dave Knudson takes you through how he shapes light in this series. Understand the basics of setting up a c-stand, how to properly set a floppy, and why a cinematographer must know how to shape light.


  • One question I get asked a lot is how to choose the right focal length. Do I go long in a certain situation or do I go wide? How do you know what to choose? There are different times to employ various focal lengths – knowing when to employ each is part of the craft that is cinematography. Here’s my secret sauce for choosing whether to go long or wide in a scene.


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the steps of crafting a scene to life through coverage and blocking. You’ll learn the tricks and tips to make sure you and the director are on the same page so you’ll have the tools to get the coverage you need and to sell the audience on your vision.


  • This commercial cinematography series piece will take you through this whole commercial shoot. Learn how Shane Hurlbut, ASC prepared for this hectic 2 day shoot, how he communicated his vision with team members effectively, and how he was able to choose the best gear to compliment this piece perfectly. Become a better commercial cinematographer with the knowledge you’ll gain from this playbook!


  • Xeen 20mm Lens Overview

    August 2, 2017

    Xeen’s lineup of lenses are spectacular. They’ve hit the nail square on the head with both the look and the price point. They’re true cinema glass that people can afford to own. Xeen’s image quality is unique and beautiful. Here’s a brief look at the Xeen 20mm, specifically at its image quality, breathing, and color rendition.


  • In this podcast, Shane and Lydia take you through the steps to clear your mind, what to prepare for, and how to handle your time when big career choices are ahead. Learn how to maintain or enhance your quality of life while chasing your dreams and providing for yourself with their guidance!


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through his favorite Rosco color grids and how they stack up against each other in real-world scenarios so you can know how, when, and why to use different types of Grid Cloths for your own productions!


  • Xeen 16MM Lens Overview

    July 19, 2017

    Today we’re taking a brief look at the new Xeen 16mm PL mount. This is a cinema lens packed into some affordable pricing. I haven’t seen anything like it out on the market. This is a piece of glass that has a unique look, comparable to some of the qualities normally found in higher end glass.


  • Focus is a critical part of filmmaking — it’s the eye of the camera, the guiding light for the audience, the expression of the image. 1st AC, Derek Edwards, takes you through the steps of understanding the importance of focus and how to set your focus monitor for the field so you can be confident with your focus pulling on set.


  • In a home, it’s very important to understand the etiquette of breakers, circuit boxes and your power needs. Eric Forand, Gaffer for Shane Hurlbut, ASC, takes you through the do’s and don’ts of household power distribution so your production can run smoothly and quickly!


  • In this article inside Shane’s Inner Circle, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through his process for testing lenses. He goes over what to test for on both primes and zooms, what tools to use during your lens test, and how to achieve the most relevant results.


  • In this podcast, Shane Hurlbut, ASC, takes you through how to properly balance electricity, tricks for when shooting in tight spaces, and how to avoid rookie mistakes when trying different lighting set ups. With Shane’s DIY experience, you will leave knowing that not everything has to be high priced rental rates to get that professional look. Join Shane’s Inner Circle to get access to this and much, more more!


  • “How do you seamlessly stitch a one shot sequence together using multiple shots?” This is a great question because not many cinematographers break it down. These are just a few of tips from Shane Hurlbut, ASC to get you in the pocket for the perfect “oner.” Shane’s Inner Circle members received his full in-depth guide to one shot sequences as part of their monthly subscription in June 2017. Sign up today and never miss articles like this to enhance your filmmaking!


  • Portable generators are a very important part of the movie-making experience. In this article Shane Hurlbut, ASC and his gaffer Eric Forand, walk you through how to utilize various generator sizes for a multitude of on-set applications. Learn about generator setup, how Shane and Eric utilize their portable generators on location and how to break them through in-depth analysis of actual set experience.


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through Terminator Salvation and his famous “oner” sequence to break down how he employed visual effect techniques to get the most out of the story. You’ll learn the steps you need to take to capture cinematic realism and suspend belief to draw in your audience. This will guide you through the difficulties of one shot sequences and how VFX can help you get the most out of your visuals.


  • Back in April, I met with Musicbed at their NAB Show booth to have a 1-on-1 discussion. Musicbed has become such a powerful tool for filmmakers, musicians, and artists alike. It’s always a great time to visit with them and it was such a pleasure to be interviewed by them at NAB. This is the 2nd half of the interview, the first half was released right here on The Hurlblog. Enjoy!!


  • Advanced color grading moves beyond the initial steps of image balancing and into the realm of image tweaking. This is when you pull out certain colors, tones, or areas of a shot with power windows or through keying for multiple layers of correction. Shane Hurlbut ASC’s DIT, Derek Johnson, walks you through his process of secondary color correction by isolating different areas of the image using qualifiers, adding a vignette, working with gradients, and utilizing your scopes. Learn how to take your images to the next level with this advanced color grading course.


  • Welcome to our Zoom Lens Shootout! We are going to review the brand new Fujinon MK 50-135mm E Mount Cinema Zoom against the Tokina Cinema 50-135mm PL Mount Cinema Zoom. Right now, these lenses are falling into that $3,200 – $4,000 price range, which make them extremely affordable, lightweight, and flexible for most shooters – something that has been missing in our market with all the advancements in affordable tools and tech.


  • Diffusion has been a part of the filmmaking arsenal for years! Before there was a vast selection like we have today, we would utilize what was called Tough Spun. Once filmmakers started experimenting with other materials, we eventually got what is Grid Cloth today, a quality light diffuser with a level of durability for the field. Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the different types of grids, how they affect your light, and what to be careful of so you will know appropriate applications for your projects.


  • Content and education are EVERYTHING when trying to take that leap to the next level of your career. Without knowledge, how do you expect to grow? Well guess what! 5DayDeal.com has put together an amazing Video Creators Bundle this year and it just went live today on June 1st, 2017 with some great content at an incredible value. You only have 5 days, so get in on this now!


  • Tiffen Open House 2017

    May 31, 2017

    This Sunday June 4th, 2017 Tiffen is hosting an Open House along with the Steadicam Guild at their center in Burbank. Stop by for some BBQ and refreshments and get to know more about Tiffen’s offerings, take advantage of their sale, and enter for your chance to win their grand prize! Who knows, you might even run into Shane while you’re there!


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses the different lights available to use, various techniques, their importance, and where the industry is heading as it evolved in new ways so that you can use this knowledge to your advantage on all of your projects. Being a director of photography isn’t just about the compositions you create, the cameras that you use, and the shots you decide upon – it’s about understanding what it means to be a cinematographer and the light, or “paint,” that you choose to create the image.


  • Imagine being able to have the fear work to your benefit. Fear is an emotion that has the potential to help us or harm us. If we recognize fear for what it is and move through it with action steps, fear can be very helpful. If we ruminate and stay stuck in fear, it is a huge roadblock to future success. These are the 4 C’s that will get you, and keep you, on the right track.


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC will show you how to perfectly re-create completely realistic artificial daytime sunlight and sky ambiance during one of his Into the Badlands day exterior sound stage shoots. You will learn about the quality of daytime exterior light, controlling your ambient light, how to replicate alley light, and how to cheat the direction of your light.


  • Since we started Hurlbut Visuals, giving back has been part of the company philosophy. We believe that no matter what you do, you give of your time and resources as a business. We’ve always been committed to helping children specifically, and from around the world, to help give them a voice, to help give them power. Please join us in helping children!


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the arsenal of tools he brings on each of his day exterior shoots in order to maintain consistency. Learn about the proper key to fill ratio for a naturalistic artificial lighting scenario, how to best utilize negative fill to shape and add contrast to a face, and how an 18k varies from two smaller sources with a combined similar output.


  • I’d like to start by thanking Cody, Daniel and everyone at Musicbed for such an incredible community. We love all of your followers and everyone that’s a part of their company because it gives artists so many tools to create with. I’ve got some excerpts from an interview I had with Musicbed at NAB 2017 with added images and explanations to spice things up even more! Enjoy!


  • Had a blast playing with the Cartoni Lambda 25 head at NAB. It was mounted to a Matthews Dutti Dolly that gave it an even greater range of movement, which was so cool. This set up brings me back to my music video days where we were always trying out new crazy lighting set ups and wild camera moves!


  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through his process of selecting the right diffusion for the right situation. With all the options, he simplifies by only presenting the best of the best and then taking you step by step through their characteristics, style and application so you can apply the right diffusion for your projects.


  • It was so great to be able to attend NAB this year. It had been a few years since I was last there. When I stopped by the Rokinon booth, I got to check out their Xeen 16mm which seemed to have some pretty low distortion, and then I got to get my hands on their new 20mm, which has incredible close focus for such a wide lens. I’m going to be putting both through their paces in an upcoming test so we’ll all know exactly what to expect out of them.


  • In this highlight from NAB 2017, I stopped by the Flanders booth and checked out the new BoxIO 12G. This thing is really going to expand monitoring options and make on set grading even easier. Grading on set is something I’ve been doing a little more lately and I’m looking forward to sharing my process with you.


  • Welcome to my next highlight from NAB 2017. I have been a huge fan of Cartoni for years so I stopped by their booth and checked out their new Maxima 30 head


  • I just got back and can’t wait to share with you everything I got to see and experience. In the meantime, I’ll share a few bites, starting with the Xeen…


  • Meet up with Shane Hurlbut, ASC at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas for his Inner Circle meet & greet and catch him at one of his speaking engagements!


  • I had a blast working with Matthews Dutti Dolly. It made our shoot day so much easier – so much so, I wanted to share it with all of you.


  • Light Study: Cineo HS2

    April 13, 2017

    One of my favorite types of light is remote phosphor. It’s incredibly powerful. Since this technology has been introduced to our industry, these lights have been taking over. It’s because…


  • The Filmsupply Originals series is one of the most exciting opportunities for creatives to share their passion projects in a unique way and launches with the short The Cage.


  • Shane will explain the best way to prepare for pre-production, share why it’s important to communicate your vision to ALL departments, show you the best way to break down your screenplay, and use scenes from feature films as examples to show how notes and a shot list translates on the screen. This is a must-have for all aspiring DoPs out there!


  • Follow Shane Hurlbut, ASC for his latest updates and more on Instagram @shanehurlbutasc and see you on the inside of the Inner Circle!


  • When working with a green screen, knowing how to light your subject is essential. Shane Hurlbut, ASC will take you through his process of professionally lighting talent to avoid light contamination while ensuring distinct separation.


  • This podcast covers lighting to set the mood while creating a cinematic-looking image, what lights to choose as a starting point, what to consider when buying and renting lights and gear, and how to light for low-budget and independent films with limited supplies.


  • Want to take your moody bar and club lighting skills to the next level? Shane Hurlbut, ASC will immerse you in a step by step process from script to screen, sharing his 25 plus years of experience of light placement, types of lights to use, color gels that work best for the digital sensor, the use of smoke, adding color contrast along with achieving that cinematic look.


  • Mastering the proper diffusion techniques can be the difference between a good and great image! That’s why we’re going to take you through the ins and outs of Half Soft Frost, Highlight, and Soft Frost diffusion.


  • XEEN 135mm Lens Review

    January 11, 2017

    Comparing XEEN 135mm next to Canon Cinema Primes, Zeiss CP2s, and Cooke S4i’s reviewing color rendition, bokeh, rack focus, faces, contrast, and sharpness.


  • This instruction will take you step by step in lighting, shaping, dealing with green contamination and camera placement. This is incredibly in depth and gives you my 25 plus years of experience in dealing with lighting green screen for VFX with the positives as well as the negatives, ways to light it and ways not to, pitfalls and failures.


  • I will show you what the Blackmagic URSA Mini can do so you can make informed creative decisions in your storytelling. This is part 3 of this 9 part series. Join Shane’s Inner Circle today to gain full access to this article including EXCLUSIVE content only available on the inside.


  • I will show you what the Blackmagic URSA Mini can do so you can make informed creative decisions in your storytelling. This is part 2 of this 9 part series. Join Shane’s Inner Circle today to gain full access to this article including EXCLUSIVE content only available on the inside.


  • I will show you what the Blackmagic URSA Mini can do so you can make informed creative decisions in your storytelling. This is the first of this 9 part series. Join Shane’s Inner Circle today to gain full access to this article including EXCLUSIVE content only available on the inside.


  • In this episode of On Set with Shane Day 10 Into the Badlands I go over creating a warmer tonality for Quinn, dealing with challenging New Orleans weather shutting down our set and lighting challenges with sunlight changes, ambience in shots and sometimes necessary sacrificing to get great performances.


  • This podcast covers how to put your camera through the ringer and get the most out of it. Shane discusses how it’s one thing to own a camera, but it’s another to understand its full potential. Camera tests are key when it comes to knowing when and where to apply your camera, as well as when and where not to. Shane takes you step by step on how to understand the soul of your sensor.


  • 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 of all trades.


  • The Matthews Infinity Arm has the ability to be a tool that has some serious versatility. My favorite feature of this arm is that it can hold up to 32lbs in an angled position (it can hold about 15 lbs when it is horizontal). It will cost you a bit more, but this is the type of product you buy once.


  • In this episode of On Set with Shane Day 9: Into the Badlands I go over shooting on a long lens, natural lighting, circle bounce on close ups, cut on motion, an old trick of mine using the light right after the sun goes down, and working with moonlight so your image won’t look flat.


  • Welcome to our diffusion laboratory. Today, we’re going to be doing some really cool stuff with Rosco diffusion. What’s going to be really unique about it is that we’re not only going to show you how it changes and modifies the quality of light, we’re also going to address how many stops you lose as well as how color temperature shifts.


  • This 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 what has worked for her and shares her tips to help you figure out your schedule, how to manage the storm, all while keeping calm and staying strong.


  • Now we’re going to use the power of the trash can light to illuminate your scene. What I really want to show you is the power of the trash can verses the power of real fire light.


  • Day 7 carried a lot of weight. This episode was all about setting up the world with the opening sequence of the first episode. Shane Hurlbut, ASC, goes into using the color grade to communicate your vision, using the color grade to enhance the story, day exteriors, and matching shots.


  • In this specific scene, which I shared during our last “Shane’s Inner Circle” Movie Matinee, I break down a long sequence between Jake and a young Katie. We walk from Jake’s desk in his home office and we capture Katie wanting attention from him as he is writing. We then track back on the Freefly MōVI M15 to keep one solid motion as we go into Katie’s bedroom and find her hiding under her bed. I walk through the lighting setup and what it took to accomplish this shot. Take a look:


  • Headlight Gag: The Shoot

    September 23, 2016

    In our latest Shane’s Inner Circle article, I swing-in the method I used on We Are Marshall to execute a Headlight gag effect.


  • We have created a new series focusing on how to be a DIT On Set and expanding your knowledge on color correction. My DIT Derek Johnson walks you through his unique process of getting ready to be on set. He covers the tools he uses in his kit through what he does inside Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve in his color grading process.


  • Headlight Gag: The Build (DIY)

    September 9, 2016

    In our latest Shane’s Inner Circle article, I’m going to breakdown the method I used in We Are Marshall to create the headlight gag effect.


  • Behind the Scenes on Instagram

    September 6, 2016

    Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms, and I’ve started to share some of my BTS from past projects. Here are a few BTS I’ve shared on Instagram.…


  • I’m shooting my latest film in Prague and posting BTS to my Instagram. Check out some early posts from the beginning below! Follow me for the latest BTS @shanehurlbutasc! One of our toys supplied…