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Meeting With Students At Emerson College

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

What a fun time it was last week at Emerson College! Professor Bosmajian’s advanced cinematography class was fantastic! I showed footage from the undercover Navy SEAL movie to have the students take each shot apart to analyze both the lighting and photography.  We talked about the new Canon 5D and 7D cameras and how they are changing the game; shifting the paradigm.  We reviewed the basics of lighting and practiced those skills on a three wall set that the students put together.  We reviewed color temperature, how its use can give you more of a three dimensional image, and discussed how to use a monitor to light from in the field or a studio to light.  I showed the students the use of a fill light and they decided what level they liked while seeing it real time on the Hurlbut Visuals lighting monitor.

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Shane explaining the benefits of the 5D and 7D  for student projects

Emerson College visit

Students, Faculty and Alumni listening to Shane’s experience shooting with the 5D

Emerson College visit

Shane explaining the paradigm shift and when to choose an HDSLR camera for a project

I value your input from the blog post “What Do You Think Film Students Need To Know?” Here is how I incorporated your thoughts into my presentation at Emerson.

The students

  • Heard that studying the history of film is important
  • Heard that the story is KING
  • Heard that experiencing everything is important so they have the ability to appreciate each co-collaborator and understand their unique talent
  • Practiced composition and discussed how to expose film

I also addressed the Emerson Faculty and Alumni to explain the paradigm shift with HDSLR technology and pointed out that Emerson could position themselves as a leader in embracing this new technology.

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Shane meeting with Faculty and Alumni at Emerson College

Thank-you to everyone at Emerson for their enthusiasm, participation and expertise in pulling off a wonderful event.  Emerson’s facilities were in one word:IMPRESSIVE. They are giving the students everything possible to dream!

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PierreRios November 19, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Hey Shane I used my camera in my Final Project at South seas Film and Television School in Nz, and I have to say, the camera is Fantastic, I manage to get 5 lenses, just canon ones, and I have no complains about them, the DOP didnt have a proper rig, or focus pulling but he did an amazing job too! anyway, here is the Link of the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UEd3oooCjg ,I would love to hear back from ya about it. And the main film is on the web too, contact me and I can give you the link if you’re interested!

PierreRios November 22, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I was so excited writing about it that i forgot I got a Canon 5d Mark II 🙂

AlexDisenhof April 29, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Hi Shane, I have been following your blog for some time, but missed this entry until now!

I am a 2009 graduate of Emerson who is now pursuing his cinematography goals out here in LA. I wasn’t able to attend your presentation, but I still want to thank you for going to Emerson and sharing your knowledge. I remember reading in AC that you attended Emerson, and I must say it is inspiring to see someone who has “made it” in a big way, and who is still pushing the boundaries and sharing his knowledge with the world. So, thanks again, and I look forward to following your future endeavors!


Shane April 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

AlexDisenhof, I am sorry you missed it. I had a great time. It feels like a year ago since I was there. I love going back to Boston. You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words. Many more are on the way.


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