Cinematography: Mastering The Image

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Shane's Inner Circle

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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.

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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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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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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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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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