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.

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


Feb 18, 2019

A documentary should produce a fascinating story while maintaining a foundation of informative components. A defining quality of a documentary is its promise of truth. Even if small, there exists…

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Feb 11, 2019

Let’s talk documentaries. They come in all shapes and sizes. You have your True Crime and Expose docs. Then, there’s your Biographical and Autobiographical docs. Oh, and don’t forget Satire…

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Free Music From Musicbed

Feb 11, 2019

Musicbed, one of our foremost partners, is giving filmmakers a free song to use in their reel for the entire month of February!  Users can now choose any song on…

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DaVinci Resolve Quick Tips: Best Plugins to Use with Fairlight

Feb 07, 2019

DaVinci Resolve comes fully loaded with a slew of plugins in their DAW to help get your audio tracks sounding the best they possibly can; 14 plugins in fact. However…

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Feb 06, 2019

As a screenwriter you’ll work with directors in numerous ways over the course of your career. Your role in the process will change as you grow and progress in the industry, so take this advice with a grain of salt! For many writers, especially those young in their careers, working with directors is a real curiosity. Let’s talk screenwriter/director relationships at the Indie and Micro Budget levels.

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Scenes That Left A Mark – Part 2: HV Senior Editor Dylan Leong

Feb 05, 2019

What movie moment made you go “I have to make movies”? My HV editorial rock star, Dylan Leong, has his say and it’s another slam dunk!

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Killing Them With Kindness

Feb 04, 2019

Wanna make it on movie sets? You’ve got to learn to deal with some tough cookies and develop an alligator skin, but it’s totally worth it! Here’s my stories from on set…

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Silence is Golden – Remembering Buster Keaton

Feb 01, 2019

On the anniversary of his death, Chris Haigh pays homage to Buster Keaton, the greatest clown of all whose inspiration lives on in the modern movie world.

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Scenes That Left A Mark – Part 1: Shane

Jan 31, 2019

Think. What movie moment made you go “I have to make movies”? Here’s mine and it may shock you…

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Jan 30, 2019

Filmmakers, are you a fan of Pixar movies? Thank Steve Jobs, building design and teamwork. Read more to find out why…

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The Real Tropic Thunder: On Set Of The Deer Hunter

Jan 29, 2019

Think you’ve heard of crazy things happening on movie sets? Think again. Here’s a story of near death experiences, deadly snakes, a military coup and half the star-studded cast narrowly avoiding being washed into the South China Sea!

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Best Online Resources for Screenwriters

Jan 23, 2019

Good writing doesn’t come easy. If you think it does, you’re probably not reading enough. It demands an understanding of universal truths and possessing a well-anchored self-awareness. This translates to…

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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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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 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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Shane’s inner circle

Become a member of Shane’s Inner Circle and obtain immediate access to 50 lessons & 6 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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