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Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

NeedCreative 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 from Anticipate Media to discuss my history and experiences in the film industry. This was really fun, and I think you will enjoy the interview.

Some of the topics we discuss include:
• How I went from farmer’s son to a DJ to a Cinematographer
• The role of the cinematographer, serving the characters and story
• How a DP lights a scene and moves the camera to allow performances to shine, with an example from Crazy/Beautiful starring Kirsten Dunst
• How I approach each new script
• “Side by Side,” the “death of celluloid” and the new set of “digital film emulsions” available to us now
• DSLRs in filmmaking and the Canon 1DC
• My mentors, including Daniel Pearl and Herb Ritts
• The confusing mentality of the camera owner/operator, why renting matters
• The value in failure, my Barbie story
• Why no one camera fits all situations, how I approach their use
• Lighting from the soul, why light matters, shaping light
• How documentarians can utilize light, the right place at the right time for the camera
• Glass/lens choices
• The value of experience, my tips for upcoming filmmakers
Deadfall and future projects

Listen to podcast episode 23, “Hurlbut’s Visuals”:
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You can subscribe to the NeedCreative podcast feed directly in the iTunes store. Anticipate Media is owned and operated by Paul Antico, who has been offering production and postproduction services in the Greater Boston area for the past 22 years. Paul feels quite passionate about what he calls his innate need to create. “Everything we make as creatives should serve the story. It should serve the purpose of the work’s existence in an emotionally tangible way. I’m a firm believer that emotion should play a central part in the creation of moving pictures. The NeedCreative podcast is part of that grand creative purpose, if you will, of why I do what I do. It seeks to bring together similar people to myself, creators who strive for excellence, and to help them learn and grow from others. Shane’s participation in particular was central to that goal, and I am very appreciative for his participation. And all our listeners from over 70 countries around the world have most certainly agreed. Creativity is our passion, and we learned so much from Shane in his episode of the podcast.”

Thank you to Paul and Jason. Enjoy.

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Shaun Herbertson December 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Downloading now!

Any plans to visit Australia for some educationals in 2013? Ill be first in line

Shane December 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Shaun Herbertson, I am trying to arrange a tour like we did with Southeast Asia in Australia with Canon. Would love to do it right after Need for Speed in September as well as bring all the MCS 2.0 rig system.

m3films December 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Just listened to your interview on needcreative. Really enjoyed the insight to your style of filmmaking.

Shane January 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

m3films. Thanks for the comment and support.

Nick Bibbo December 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The podcast was pure gold. Really made me think on how lighting impacts your story’s emotions and loads of other very helpful information.

Thanks so much Shane for sharing your wealth of knowledge!


Shane December 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Nick Bibbo, thank you so much for your kind words and support. I love those guys. I think they Asked really great questions.

Nick Bibbo December 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

No problem Shane! =D

Man, I would love the opportunity to come and Intern at Hurlbut Visuals sometime in the future! That would be awesome!

Roman Luck December 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Wow! This was amazing! Incredibly inspiring.
I’ve been shooting canon 550d for 2 years now and recently decided to upgrade to the new 6d that just came out. After listening to this podcast I started to reconsider my decision.
New technology does make great quality available but also it makes us keep all that great technology lying around. It is true that it’s all about getting out there and shooting as much as possible and getting that precious experience.
Thank you so much for this priceless resource.

Shane December 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Roman Luck,You are so welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the kind words. I think the guys did an amazing job with the Podcast. They asked all the right questions.

Charles January 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Thank you for the very interesting interview!
You told how you became fascinated by ‘light’. Someone else drew your the attention on it. The fact that you were fascinated by it, seems to indicate that your discovered your talent. Although you have not practiced professional (if I have understood correctly). Remarkable how that works!
In my case I knew 11 years before I bought my first camera (as a child you have no money for this) that I wanted to be a cameraman. Usually children and young people are not aware that they are good at something. Others have to tell them, so they can consciously develop their talent. There are many ways to get where we aspire to be. And sometimes we do not even realize what we are looking for. In all these cases Hurlblog is a great help.
Greetings from Holland and a Happy New Year!

Shane January 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Charles. Thanks so much for the kind words and support.

Dave McVeigh March 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Man — you are doing a great thing. Your wisdom and no BS delivery is inspiring. I’ve been in the game a loooong time, all the way back to your early HBO promo work – worked on HBO First Looks for years – so I’ve tracked your career as my own has grown and it’s wonderful to see one of the good guys rise up and GIVE IT BACK. This forum is a revelation and so exciting for those of us that are embracing the new tech and using it to tell better stories. Thank you sir.

Maulin October 7, 2013 at 3:01 AM

It is very informative blog

Shane October 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Maulin, Thank you so much for your support


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