Cinematography: Mastering The Image

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welcome to hurlbut visuals

Hurlbut Visuals is an online educational platform and professional networking tool that improves your confidence and competence as a filmmaker.

Together, the Hurlbut Visuals team creates an engaging online curriculum that covers everything from the basics of filmmaking and theory to essential industry knowledge. Beginner and advanced filmmakers are welcome. Take courses on highly-technical grip and electric work, how to shape light, camera movement techniques, pre-production planning through post-production workflow, and critical leadership skills for career advancement.

Become a member of the Inner Circle; go behind the scenes with Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Learn on the go, wherever you are and from any device. Get access to invaluable information and resources, and finetune your art with the help of a global filmmaking community.

Learn the art of filmmaking at your own pace.

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Read the the latest industry insights from Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Get free access to knowledge about the art and science of cinematography, advanced lighting techniques, rules for powerful storytelling, and even directing and producing.

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Unlimited Music For Your Productions

Sep 24, 2018

We’re proud to announce a revolutionary new aspect of Musicbed: Musicbed Membership. For the first time, get unlimited music from the Musicbed artists you know and love for one monthly…

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Breaking Down the Production Department

Sep 19, 2018

The production department is your lifeblood to any production. The word PRODUCTION is literally in the name. As the production, it’s their job to build the team, make sure everyone…

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PODCAST MEMBER SERIES: EP. 1 WILLIAM COLLINSON [SASC] PART 2

Sep 18, 2018

In part two of my interview with South African DP and Shane’s Inner Circle member William Collinson, SASC, I continue our conversation about filmmaking and his bustling career. William has…

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Podcast Member Series: Ep. 1 William Collinson [SASC] Part 1

Sep 14, 2018

William Collinson Interview – Part I In our first ever SIC Podcast Member Series, I sit down to chat with Shane’s Inner Circle Member, and talented DP, William Collinson, SASC.…

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How To Make a Call Sheet

Sep 12, 2018

A call sheet for film and TV production is like the Marauder’s Map for the day-to-day breakdown. You can consider it the end-all, be-all as far as production documents are concerned, as it covers key information that cast and crew need heading into the day.

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SIC PODCAST: EP 11 – CREATING DEPTH WITH LIGHTING

Sep 10, 2018

SIC Podcast EP. 11 is now live on iTunes! This month’s podcast focuses on your lighting questions. Specifically, I cover these topics: How-to lighting set-ups for Inner Circle member’s projects…

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HOW TO WRITE A TV AD

Aug 29, 2018

TV and online ads are becoming longer, more artistic feats. That said, many new writers make the mistake of handing in script formatted drafts to clients instead of TV formatted scripts. It’s actually an easy fix just by knowing the correct template to work with.

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SIC PODCAST: EP 10 – WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CINEMATOGRAPHER

Aug 27, 2018

SIC Podcast EP. 10 is now live on iTunes! This month we cover: My path to becoming a DP, getting an agent, crafting your reel, self-negotiating Vintage lens recommendations, Rokinon…

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SPOTLIGHT: LES GADDIS

Aug 22, 2018

Something I really love about our Spotlight series is that it teaches us how we can learn a little something from our peers. If there’s one thing I know, it’s…

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MōVI Tips & Tools

Aug 15, 2018

Using a Matte Box with a Filter on the MōVI: The preferred way to mount a filter with your MōVI is with the use of a matte box. The Misfit…

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SETTING UP YOUR CAMERA FOR CINEMATIC VISION

Aug 13, 2018

SIC Podcast EP. 9 is now live on iTunes! Podcast Questions: 1:13 How much image manipulation is done with the footage that comes from the C500? When you spoke of…

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Top 5 Apps Every Film Producer Needs

Aug 08, 2018

Let’s be honest, we exist in an impossibly-fast paced industry. Producers are used to juggling countless moving pieces, but those who find the most success know that you’re only worth…

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How to Rig Your Camera Series: Indie Shooter

Aug 01, 2018

Sometimes you don’t want your camera to be heavy and comfortable for your handheld. Sometimes you have to move around, you’re on your own and don’t have a whole camera…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 8 – FINDING YOUR VISUAL RHYTHM

Jul 30, 2018

SIC Podcast Ep.8 is now available on iTunes! In this podcast, I decided to focus mostly on the topic of visual style. How to build or not build up your…

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Top 10 Accessories for Your MoVi Pro

Jul 25, 2018

Ever since I first deployed the MoVi M10 on the film Fathers and Daughters, I’ve been blown away by the creative possibilities it creates. Freefly’s original lineup eventually expanded out…

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5 Alternatives to Coffee

Jul 23, 2018

Coffee Rocks! I started drinking it in college as a nursing student when I had to be at the hospital by 6:00 am and have enjoyed it ever since, except…

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Creating Cinematic Depth with Smoke & Haze

Jul 18, 2018

One of my most favorite ways of not only creating depth, but diffusion with smoke & haze. In this series I’m going to focus on what creates depth in an image, how to get it, and why it’s so important.

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SIC PODCAST: EP 7 – LIGHTING LARGE DAY INTERIORS, DIY LIGHTING, ESSENTIAL TOOLS

Jul 16, 2018

SIC Podcast Ep.7 is now available on iTunes! This podcast is a good one! We have lighting, we have cinematography and most importantly, we have great questions! We’ll look into…

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How to Rig Your Camera Series: Shoulder Mount

Jul 11, 2018

The best handheld sound camera I ever used was the Panavision Platinum camera. With a lens, lightweight 400’ mag, Preston MDR, focus motors, Mattebox and on-board monitor, the camera weighed…

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SIC Podcast Ep.6 – Filmmaking Tips and Tricks

Jul 02, 2018

Creating a healthy DP-Director relationship is a key element to having a smooth production. This podcast will show the must-knows behind establishing a productive shoot.

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