Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

Monthly Inspiration is a blog series that’s about what inspires me; filmmakers, styles, actors, scripts… each month, I’ll cover one new piece of inspiration. Hopefully I can turn you on to something that will inspire you as well. Sorry that this month (November) is late, life happens.

I’ve talk a lot in the past about Shane Hurlbut (hurlbutvisuals.com) but I’ve not done an MI on him yet. And for the next few months I’m going to be focusing on the Directors of Photography (DP’s) that influence my work. What better way to start than with the person that I’ve learned most of what I know about cinematography from.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

Shane’s filmography (imdb.com) is chocked full of major films; and some absolutely beautiful work (The Greatest Game Ever Played (imdb.com), We Are Marshall (imdb.com), and The Ticket (imdb.com) just to name a few). His work is fluid, polished, and really plays into the emotion of the scene. I love watching the films he’s shot, and after seeing how he did some of it in the Illumination Experience (Day 1, Day 2) I’ve gained a whole new respect for his style.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

Any good cinematographer will tell you that camera framing, lensing, and movement needs to enhance the scene and not draw attention to itself. Shane’s work is the perfect example of hidden camera. Shots are fluid and dynamic; if you pull apart how he’s done a scene there’s a lot to it. But it never once detracts from the rest of the film’s elements.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

I’ve worked with DP’s that can’t work with less than a 10 ton truck, and I’m used to working as minimally as possible; but Shane really understands the way light works in a scene and knows how to get amazing setups with more DIY style lighting. At the tour he showed us a comparison between a $60k lighting setup and a $300 setup that were extremely similar. Seeing how he treats the lighting in amazing and I’m trying to incorporate it into what I do.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

As fantastic as Shane’s films are, the work alone isn’t why he’s such an inspiration to me. He’s one of the few big-name DP’s that is openly sharing his knowledge. Through talks and workshops he’s really getting hands on with the up-and-comers like me that need a little guidance. In an industry as fickle as entertainment, being able to learn from someone like Shane is HUGE. Since I want to eventually teach, I see a lot of how I want to end up in what he’s doing, and I really admire it.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

Along with talking at events, Shane has also opened up his brain via his blog (hurlbutvisuals.com). This is a massive source of information about lighting and cinematography; but it’s also got a ton of information about the business of filmmaking. He even takes it a step further, offering the “Inner Circle,” even more in-depth and comprehensive information. I love the way the posts are written, and the content is always stellar; and that is something I’m hoping to achieve as a blogger. Again, this is something that I really admire about Shane.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

Now, Shane himself even says that eh wouldn’t be where he is without his wife; so really I should be thanking Lydia for all this! This post might seem like a bit of pandering, but between a massive body of fantastic work and a willingness to share with the public there is plenty to be inspired by Shane from. I’m constantly learning and finding myself exhilarated by what Shane does.

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

 

 

 

Monthly Inspiration: Shane Hurlbut

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