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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.

the hurlblog

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.

latest articles

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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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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Red Monstro Test – Xeen Skintones & Flares

Jun 27, 2018

Full frame is the new darling of the cinematography world, but the larger frame means a lot of the glass we’ve been used to using just won’t cover…

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SIC Podcast Ep.5

Jun 18, 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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Cineo Special Sale

Jun 15, 2018

25% off! Yeah… 25% off from one of my all-time favorite lighting companies, Cineo. Cineo is having a 20% off sale and when you use our special code: CINEOSH2018 – you’ll get an extra 5% off.

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SIC Podcast Ep.4

Jun 06, 2018

In this podcast, we really wanted to focus on the importance of lighting. If you want to rise up the ranks as a director of photography, you need to learn the principles of what makes good and bad lighting.

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5DayDeal Bundle Launches Soon! (Seriously.)

May 31, 2018

Tick. Tock. It’s that time again! 5DayDeal will be launching 2018’s secret bundle on June 1st at Noon PDT.

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May 29, 2018

You can now download and listen to Shane’s Inner Circle Podcasts for FREE! The podcast is available for download on iTunes and streamable on YouTube and Spotify.

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May 09, 2018

There’s a million and one ways to rig a camera, here I go into detail on how I rig my cameras for “Studio Mode”

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Embarking on a Journey: with Fáelán Maley

Apr 30, 2018

Fáelán, is a cinematographer on a mission, and she’s going to take us through her most recent expedition; filming in the rainforest.

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Mastering the Industry with SIC

Apr 25, 2018

It’s not an easy feat to make your mark in an over-saturated landscape like Hollywood, and that’s what makes a community like the SIC such an important network. If you want to master the industry in today’s climate, it takes constant strives for self improvement; something Matthew has achieved with his latest reel!

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Win $30,000 Towards Your Short Film

Apr 24, 2018

SHIFT, a rebrand of MediaSilo and Wiredrive, has unveiled their Creative Fund which will award three narrative short film projects. The grant includes $30,000 for each project along with access to consultations with creative partners across the industry, use of the SHIFT Airstream trailer for mobile production, and a space in SHIFT’s Los Angeles offices.

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Choosing the Best Screenwriting Software

Apr 23, 2018

When it comes to screenwriting software it can be a love-hate relationship. There are many to choose from but really only a handful that stand out to most screenwriters. In this list, I will review three of my favorite programs, the features they offer, the pros and cons, and finish by telling you what I currently use.

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RED Monstro Test: Xeen Lens vs. Canon Lens

Apr 17, 2018

The new Monstro 8K VV sensor from RED is a beast. It’s a huge sensor, not just in resolution, but in size. So, I wanted to know how well certain lenses covered this big of a sensor.

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Apr 09, 2018

One of the most popular rigs out there is the handheld rig, because it allows you mobility and frees you up to get your shot fast. When it comes to figuring out the best way to configure your digital camera, there tends to be a lot of arms, a lot of cables, and a lot of accessories.

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Learn RED‘s Cameras and Workflow with REDucation

Apr 07, 2018

REDucation is a powerful, intimate, and hands-on program available to cinematographers, AC’s, DITs, and filmmakers all over the world! Taught by industry professionals, REDucation is a 3-day course where you can learn the RED Digital Cinema equipment and process.

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FIND YOUR SONGS FASTER – Musicbed’s New Features

Apr 05, 2018

Musicbed has been my go to resource for music for all our videos on the Hurlblog and The Inner Circle since its inception. Before Musicbed we’d have to spend hours upon hours looking for the right music track only to be either underwhelmed by the selection or blown away by the price…

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Apr 05, 2018

If you were already excited for this year’s NAB, well, allow me to punch things up even a notch further. Teradek will be showing off their massive upgrade to the Teradek Bolt — the Bolt XT and LT! Hell yeah, baby!

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Shane’s inner circle

Become a member of Shane’s Inner Circle and obtain immediate access to 12 lessons & 3 hours of video tutorials. Every week, get brand new content with insider knowledge and skills that will help you develop your filmmaking career, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned professional.

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