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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.

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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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SIC PODCAST: EP 20 – CAMERA PLACEMENT, DOCUMENTARY CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND LIGHTING ESSENTIALS

Jan 14, 2019

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I cover your questions on: Techniques for best camera placement Best documentary cameras and lighting Best ways to operate the camera handheld The power…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 19 – MAINTAINING WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Dec 31, 2018

This month in her first podcast, Lydia answers your questions on work/life balance and talks about her philosophy on making career decisions. Play it here: Use Up/Down Arrow keys to…

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Movie-making: an American Dream

Dec 31, 2018

Movie-making: an American Dream “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forwards.” – Rocky Balboa   When I…

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DaVinci Resolve Quick Tips: The Secret to Mixing Voices and Music with Fairlight

Dec 27, 2018

What’s that, you want to have voices and music at the same time? Mixing voices and music is a big problem that many editors have to face. Ross Papitto, my wonderguy on sound editing is here to not only solve that problem in DaVinci, but also to save your editorial lives!

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Judging A Film By Its COVER (Thinking about shotlists and coverage)

Dec 25, 2018

A while ago I got a message from a member in Australia (everyone sing “he comes from a land down-under!”):   “Hi Shane, I’m a weekend warrior filmmaker, and I…

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DaVinci Resolve Quick Tips: Voice Sweetening with Fairlight

Dec 24, 2018

Do you know how much of an impact sound has on the film industry? TONS! I’m immensely lucky to have Ross Papitto on the Hurlbut Visuals crew as my sound engineer. This blog will blow your mind and take your productions into the stratosphere! Enjoy.

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XEEN Lenses in Action on the 8K Red Monstro

Dec 23, 2018

No color charts or lab tests here. See how the Xeen lenses stack up on RED’s 8K Vista Vision Monstro sensor in the real world.

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Mo’ Cameras, Mo’ Problems

Dec 21, 2018

How do you shoot your movies using all the different cameras? Join me as I demystify compression rates and articles and show how to use a bunch of different cameras to capture a scene as thoroughly and epically as possible.

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DaVinci Resolve Quick Tips: Fixing Audio Hum or Buzz with Fairlight

Dec 20, 2018

Ever captured some awesome footage to find that you have Hum and Buzz? Sound makes up a humongous part of any production. You need to have a sound mixer that can take your media to the next level. Ross Papitto is an epic sound engineer and part of the HV crew!

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Think INSIDE The Box: How to create your own awesome Softbox

Dec 19, 2018

You wanna know how to make a Softbox that can rival the most expensive ones on the market? I like to make my own equipment so it works for me on screen. Now I’m revealing one of my best kept secrets using materials that cost next to nothing – even using BEDSHEETS! You won’t want to miss out on this explosive blog that will give you the edge on set.

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SIC PODCAST: EP 18 – COLOR GRADING & WORKFLOWS

Dec 17, 2018

This month’s podcast focuses on your questions around understanding workflows in relation to camera technology. Color grading and camera bit depth The future of the digital imaging technician (DIT) How…

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Why Your Camera’s Bit Depth Doesn’t Matter, But Story Always Will

Dec 13, 2018

I overheard a conversation between a young cinematographer and a colorist going back and forth discussing the importance of 10bit color or higher.  I didn’t have time to interact then,…

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Film Supply’s Not So Secret Santa

Dec 04, 2018

50K Giveaway, 50+ Winners, only 3 weeks to get in on it. Read on for how to win.

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SIC PODCAST: EP 17 – FIRE GAG AND LIGHTING PRODUCT SHOTS

Dec 03, 2018

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I answer your questions about: How I create flame flicker and the color quality of fire Lighting talent near a fire effect Differences in…

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Let’s Get Together Chicago SIC MEETUP Q & A with Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Nov 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Our Best Sale Ever and an Opportunity to Connect I wanted to wish you all an amazing Thanksgiving this year and extend love, health, and wondrous prosperity to…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 16 – FILM CAREER ESSENTIALS

Nov 19, 2018

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I answer your questions about career issues in the industry. how and when to move into bigger film markets what is the “right” kind…

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Join us for great sessions, giveaways, raffle prizes and more!

Nov 07, 2018

We have great giveaways waiting for you on-site. Book your pass today! Don’t miss this one day event, featuring training sessions and an Expo designed for Blackmagic Design users of…

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Your SIC Experience Leveled Up

Nov 06, 2018

I wanted to wish you an amazing holiday season and thank you for your incredible continued support for this community. It’s your engagement, your passion, and your commitment to pushing…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 15 – LEADERSHIP & ATTITUDES IN THE INDUSTRY

Nov 05, 2018

In this month’s podcast, I answer some great questions regarding the industry’s attitude and give you first-hand advice on how to stay motivated, how to lead and inspire your crew,…

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MIXING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

Oct 22, 2018

This month, the Inner Circle podcast covers your questions on: How to light for complete darkness Blending camera formats seamlessly Deconstructing a script for camera emotion How to create camera…

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