Illumination Cinematography Workshop

Shane Hurlbut ASC

Illumination Cinematography Workshop

Shane Hurlbut ASC
6h 39m
10 modules (view curriculum)

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Join Hollywood DP Shane Hurlbut ASC as he guides you through his complete cinematography playbook. This comprehensive workshop covers both theory and practical application of lighting, lensing and composing scenes, giving you unlimited on-set and behind-the-scenes access with Shane.



As we commence the course Shane introduces the equipment that will be used throughout, including lighting, cameras, lenses and more. He then covers some important film-era camera rituals that have been lost and explains when and why to use them.


In his module Shane introduces Key lighting and gives creative inspiration for key light sources using examples from his resume of hit films.

1h 11m

In this module Shane shares a lighting study that he uses on every film to discover the best approach to lighting the cast. He explains lighting from different angles for mood and creativity, and explains varying diffusion methods. 


Moving on from he 'How' to light, Shane delves into the 'Why', using his 2000 film "Crazy/Beautiful" as a case study. He shares his creative process for deconstructing a script and creating a visual tone for lighting and cinematography, and sets up the scene for the following workshop. 


In this first workshop module, Shane takes us through how he lights this indoor daylight scene. We then cover actor blocking and camera movement with the primary dolly setup before experimenting with a gimbal and DIY approach.


In this chapter we continue coverage on the indoor day scene from "Crazy/Beautiful", using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.


As we complete coverage on the indoor day scene Shane directs the scene and shows how to use varied lighting and camera techniques to draw different emotions.


Shane explains back lighting using his work on "The Rat Pack" as an example, and takes us through another light study to understand the finer points of this lighting technique. 


Shane talks through his inspiration for lighting on “The Rat Pack", deconstructing a key scene from the film. We then get to see him recreate the same scene, and finally Shane shows how to achieve a similar look on a budget. 


In this final module of the workshop Shane deconstructs a high-action night car chase scene from his work on "Need for Speed". He shows how he was able to light the entire sequence using primarily practical lighting and the versatility of digital cinema cameras. We then conclude the workshop by covering fill light, using Shane's work on the film "The Greatest Game Ever Played" to illustrate. 

About the Educator

Shane Hurlbut ASC


3 Courses

Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a world-renowned cinematographer and gifted narrative storyteller who has lensed numerous feature films, commercials, music videos as well as episodic television programs.


As a beginner, just learnt so much.
Max Norden
Shane is great! He offers a lot of insight and divulges some cinema secrets. Definitely worth a few viewings.
Greg M
Amazing, in-depth look at cinematic lighting and practical application.
Jacob Tapia
Very good, Shane show us the basics of professional cinematography. Perfect to start in the good way with good practice.
Julien Gouz
A very interesting course where you get a detailed BTS look into how to light to create the wanted effect and emotions by working with light. Thank you!
David Jorissen
Great practical steps to achieving the emotional goals of a film through creative lighting techniques. Shane shares his years of experience and how he communicates with the production team that helps shape the overall look and feel of the entire project. Fantastic!
Michael Helms
More great instructions and insights from Shane Hurlbut!
Steven Erickson
Shane's course is everything you'd want in an online learning experience. Instructive, engaging, and even entertaining. There's something to learn here for the first-time cinematography to the seasoned professional.
Nathan Cronk
Randy Tomlinson
Brilliant course. Only wish it came with course notes or slides
Darren George
Enlightening workshop.
Rob Harvey
I learned a lot form this class but I feel this is not really a class for beginners but I highly recommend this class for an intermediate.
Jozua Jonker

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