Cinematography: Mastering The Image

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Shane's Inner Circle

will help you on your journey to becoming a professional-level cinematographer

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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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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SIC Podcast Member Series: Ep. 2 Lindsay Taylor Jackson

Oct 17, 2018

In the second installment of the SIC Member Series Podcast, I sat down with Shanes Inner Circle member Lindsay Taylor Jackson, an awesome director of photography based out of Boston,…

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Budget Breakdowns – Tough Questions to Ask Yourself

Oct 10, 2018

Budgeting for your latest project can prove to be tricky business. It’s a process where you are forced to face some tough questions. You must try to find a happy…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 13 – SETTING UP RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Oct 08, 2018

SIC Podcast EP. 13 is now live on iTunes! There was a bit of a glitch with the podcast last week, so I’ve recorded a new one for you. In…

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MOST Affordable Basic Lighting Setup

Oct 03, 2018

Armando Ferreira, a popular YouTuber, filmmaker, and Inner Circle member, breaks down a simple lighting setup that doesn’t break the bank! One of Armando’s favorite affordable lights (Pictured below) is…

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Comfort Zone: Stay at Your Own Risk

Sep 26, 2018

Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, “God, I don’t want to go into work today…”?  Believe it or not, I have those days too. There’s those…

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SIC PODCAST: EP 12 – CAMERA: FORMATS, EXPOSURE AND FOCUS

Sep 25, 2018

SIC Podcast EP. 12 is now live on iTunes! My July podcast is all about camera technology from formats and exposure to the emotion and motivation of focus pulling and…

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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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