Women in the film industry make up a big part of our most creative voices and storytellers. We have filmmakers like Jane Campion, Reed Morano, Patty Jenkins, Lynne Ramsay, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichart, Agnes Varda, Andres Arnold, and so many more. Right now, we are seeing the male-run industry flip on its head and more female filmmakers are getting the chance to create and express themselves.
Lydia and I are here to talk about what this means to us and how we are seeing a new style of filmmaking enter the forefront; characters with a different perspectives, writing with a different heart, and cinema that takes on new meaning.
Enjoy this podcast as we discuss this topical situation, plus much more!
Shane’s Inner Circle members through 12/27/17 received this 64 minute podcast as part of their membership. As a member, you will be able to submit your own questions for future podcasts! Sign up now and never miss content like this!
Here are questions answered in this podcast:
Hello Shane. Thank you for the continued opportunities to learn from you and the wonderful Inner Circle. The knowledge and resources are invaluable.
I have an upcoming night exterior scene in a short film where a character standing on train tracks turns around to reveal an oncoming train, probably within 50-100′ of the character. I have watched your car headlight gag, which is very helpful. Upping the ante, can you discuss tips and recommendations for pulling off a nighttime train headlight gag? Our shot is likely over the shoulder of the character and wanting a powerful headlight look with a small budget.
Hi, Shane and Lydia from Australia.
I have a couple of quick questions.
1. I’m currently being considered for the Role of DP on my first low budget first feature. Would you have any recommendations on how to secure this role?
2. If I am successful what tip or recommendations would you have for a DP who is transitioning from low budget commercial DP work with small crews?
3. What is your pre-production process?
Hi Shane and Lydia, Thanks for all your work with SIC. Having such an in depth resource at my fingertips has really helped my game and I’m sure many would agree it has helped theirs. My question. with so many tools at our disposal today, False Colour, histograms, meters etc. I wondered if you had a go to routine when it comes to lighting your sets? I see you with your light meter and then you use false colour. Is this just checking and double checking and dialing in everything as much as you can before cameras roll, or do you favour one more than the other these days? Do you think the light meter is still relevant today with the digital tools built in to cameras etc? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Keep up the good work.
Hi Shane and Lydia, love the Inner Circle and all that you’re doing for filmmakers! (Without mentioning names or getting political here) With the current landscape of the industry, what are your thoughts on the latest upheaval that is going on in Hollywood and how can we move forward and help make the future better for everyone?
Hello Lydia and Shane, I really enjoyed the last podcast and the parts about women in film as I am entering the field as a woman, so what I’d like to know is what to look out for and how to assert myself but still be one of the guys, if that makes sense? Is it better if I seek out other women to work with, or how do I go about making sure I am treated the same as my peers which are mostly men? Any tips and guidance is appreciated!
In this podcast, you will learn:
- Understanding how to light for night exteriors using vehicles like a train:
- Understanding how a train’s lights work and how that can apply in a practical sense to your shoots.
- How to emulate a train’s lights to replicate that for a dramatic scene on set.
- Understanding the loophole when working with a train and how you can cheat it.
- How to utilize the “headlight gag effect” to get the most out of your lighting setup.
- How to land your first feature film:
- Understanding the steps to make yourself stand out from the rest in the job hiring process.
- What are directors and producers looking for?
- What knowledge should you come prepared with for an interview?
- Understanding how to breakdown a script and what should be going through your mind when reading it over.
- What will make you a better cinematographer and filmmaker in the long run.
- Understanding how to make the transition from smaller crews to mid-sized and larger productions:
- Knowing what you are going to be faced with during the transition.
- What you’ll need to prepare yourself with as a filmmaker.
- How to maintain a leadership role and communicate to your crew.
- Breaking down the steps to pre-production:
- What’s necessary to get the most out of your time as a filmmaker in pre-production.
- Understanding what might work for others might not work for you.
- What prepares Shane Hurlbut, ASC for his upcoming projects.
- Evaluating the current climate of the film industry and how a new age of Hollywood is around the corner:
- Discussing women’s involvement in cinema and the age of “new” perspective.
- How we all need to create a better environment for all involved in the film industry.
- Understanding our duties as filmmakers, but more importantly as human beings, working together in this world.
- Being a woman filmmaker in the industry and what you need to know:
- Understanding the challenges you might face entering into the industry.
- Not letting go of what is important to you as a woman filmmaker.
- Steps to getting a better foothold in the industry.
The film industry has had it’s fair shares of ups and downs. From Union Strikes, to Labor Disputes, and to Gender/Racial Equality… We are always learning how to make it a better and more inclusive environment for all involved.
In this podcast, Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Lydia Hurlbut discuss the steps we need to take as a filmmaking family, where our industry is going, and how we all need to stick together through the ups and downs.
Shane’s Inner Circle members through 12/27/17 received this content as part of their membership.