The film industry is one of the more challenging and fulfilling career choices out there. It’s rewarding, exciting, and always ushers in new experiences.
In this podcast, Shane Hurlbut, ASC and CEO Lydia Hurlbut discuss many aspects of life as a filmmaker, from Shane’s start as a young filmmaker, to how to approach production companies, different lighting techniques, and staying in sync with your family and your schedule.
You’ll learn what has worked best for them, plus some pure gems of wisdom that you’ll apply again and again on set with the knowledge shared in this podcast!
Shane’s Inner Circle members through 2/1/18 received this 53 minute podcast as part of their membership. As a member, you will be able to submit your own questions for future podcasts!
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Here are questions answered in this podcast:
Hi! Shane and Lydia!
I hope you two are doing great. I mean I know you are doing great because by this time Shane you are probably in Italy shooting a feature with Gabriele and Lydia I know you’re keeping yourself motivated with your dog to stay in shape and good health! But nonetheless, I had to wish you two a good greeting! haha! So here is my question and I don’t know that this has been answered before in that specific way, but here it goes. After having your first reel made, setting up your website, your company. And I have been on jobs both as key grip and best boy electric with two production houses here in Montreal for a little while now and I feel like I want to try moving up to becoming a DOP right. So my question is, how do you present yourself to these production houses that I might have never worked with before? Do you have a special recipe for that? I’d like to hear what you did as a young cinematographer and what you would do now. I know you now have an agent that helps you with that stuff, but I don’t have one yet. So how would you go at it without an agent, I guess is my question. Thank you Shane for sharing these precious golden nuggets! Its really appreciated!
Also Lydia, being more on the business side of things, how would you approach a production house you would like to make business with and creating an awesome collaboration with?
And I wish you both an awesome day!
Jacques from Montreal
Hi Shane and Lydia!
Thanks for demystifying filmmaking! The Inner Circle is the place where you can stand on and say: “It can be done!”. Well, I just have one question. I would like to know how to avoid shadow noise. I did a test where I had a person working at night in a computer. The skin was well lit (around 70 IRE) but the surrounding area was at 18 IRE. When I was editing I noticed too much noise in the shadows. I used a 5D Mark 3 with ISO at 640, shutter at 1/50 and the lens at 2.8 (a Canon 24-70mm L Series). Is this a camera issue or what could I be doing wrong?
Big fan of the inner circle, I’m learning so much! Thank you for what you do.
I’m still fairly new into lighting and need some advice on what kind of light you’d shine through diffusion. I just got an 8×8 butterfly, but all I own are LED lights without a ton of output. What Is a must have light that provides enough output to fully take advantage of a large diffusion like that? Can I get a couple different suggestions in a couple different price ranges?
Hi Shane and Lydia,
Greetings from Tennessee! I’m a new member to the Inner Circle and very happy to be part of the group. I can’t wait to see where this experience leads me.
My question for you is regarding exposure and exposure correction in post. I’ve been studying screen grabs from some of the best cinematographers I know to improve my skills. The first thing I have noticed is the exposure on those films are much darker than any other format like TV or Web. Rarely do I find pixels above 70 IRE and if I do, they are certainly a very small percentage of the shot. The clicky term I hear is “moody”. So my question is where in this workflow is this achieved? If I expose skin tones at 55 IRE, that doesn’t give me much latitude in gain. Do you light and expose to keep everything under 70 IRE? Or is most of this look achieved in post?
Thanks to you both for your dedication to this program. Mentorship has all but completely disappeared in our society. I’m grateful to have found you both!
Hi Shane and Lydia,
Thank you for all you do for us filmmakers and this podcast! This question is for both of you. I’ve recently started traveling more for jobs which is impacting my time with my spouse and our kids. How do I keep my relationship strong with my family while I am away and busy with long hours on set?