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How A Strategic Team Makes You Shine

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

I am frequently asked how we get so many set ups in a day and how we stay on schedule and budget while shooting.  The answer is my Elite Team. I am nothing without my team and they make me shine everyday.

There is another team that is behind the scenes at Hurlbut Visuals: my Strategic Team. The reason that we have been able to accomplish so much in a short period of time (4 months) is because this strategic team has my back.

Teams are so important because they create:

  1. Innovative ideas with brainstorming
  2. Synergistic learning
  3. Rapid growth
  4. Accountability
  5. Fun

I want to emphasize the importance of each team member and their unique contribution in bringing together the final product.

Here are the Key Strategic Team Players at Hurlbut Visuals:

Lydia Hurlbut: Marketing strategist and joint venture planner. She coordinates the efforts of our amazing team and keeps forging ahead with our growth vision.

Ryan Fritz: Web design guru, social media expert, marketing strategist, editor and technical trouble-shooter. Ryan makes the site look amazing and can handle whatever snafu technology decides to throw our way. He does photography as a hobby and owns a Canon 5D Mark II, so he gets the visual language! Ryan always over delivers. His company is www.rynotechnologies.com

Nate Zich Graphic artist, business card wizard, label designer. Nate makes all of the Hurlbut Visuals assets look phenomenal and interesting. The most amazing thing about Nate is the turn around time and the fact that he is never fazed by deadlines. He is reliable and amazingly professional. His company is www.simplydesigninc.com

Russell Hand Business manager, CPA, business plan writer, and handles whatever other financial needs that arise as we grow. Russ keeps costs to a minimum and values reinvesting. He specializes in the entertainment industry and constantly changing tax law. I have known Russ for 22 years since he first did my taxes and I have recommended him to many friends. Russ rocks! His company is Russell D. Hand, CPA.

As we grow this year, I know we will add to this core group! We have many exciting things planned for 2010 and a few unexpected surprises.

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Shane February 24, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I wanted to thank my wife for creating this website and believing in me. She had this vision that was so forwarding thinking that I could not see it. The reason for all of this is because of her. All of our bloggers reach out to her, she is awesome, informative, creative and visionary. She has believed in you and built this site around your enthusiasm and creativity. Hats of to her!! I love her deeply

Joshua November 20, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Hello Shane,

I am a big fan of yours and you are truly one of my inspirations. I want to also say that your wife is awesome! You two make an incredible team. God bless and I hope to work with you one day!

My Kind Regards,

Joshua Ortiz

Shane November 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Joshua, thank you so much for those wonderful words. I will pass this on to Lydia. The blog was her idea and I thank her every day for pushing me to do this and to give back to all who want to log on and gain knowledge on subjects that you cannot find anywhere else.

rick macomber June 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Hi Shane,

On a project like “The Last 3 Minutes,” I wonder how you put together the funds to bring all this creative talent and equipment to the table. Did everyone volunteer their skills? Was it financed? Was it a paying gig for you? What was the outcome of this film? Did it make money? Or was it just an artistic endeavor from the heart with no financial or commercial gains? I’m always curious about this when I see a great film like yours on vimeo.


Rick Macomber

Shane June 3, 2010 at 1:54 AM

rick macomber, everyone volunteered for the project, I did not receive any money at all, it is being entered in a slew of film festivals, but it was an artistic coming out party. I wanted to show the world what I was up to.


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