Breaking Down Semi-Pro

Blocking and Lighting


Breaking down semi-pro

Blocking And Lighting


6 Lessons

1.5 hours of
instructional video

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6 Lessons

1.5 hours of
instructional video

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Learn how to professionally block and light

Blocking and Lighting: Breaking Down Semi-Pro puts you in the mind of a cinematographer blocking and lighting a Will Ferrel comedy. Using the classic basketball comedy flick Semi-Pro as a case study, Shane Hurlbut, ASC shows you how to block, light, and film with lots of movement, action, and multiple camera angles.

Beginning with the script, you’ll learn how to consider a location and pre-visualize your blocking strategy. If you’ve ever walked on set and struggled with determining your wide shot, or simply need to start with the 180-Degree Rule, this is the course for you. It’s very difficult to learn about the blocking and lighting process online, but fortunately this course presents you with the rules for rehearsal and how to rehearse, mark, block, light, and ultimately shoot.

Course Includes:

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Script Pages

Lighting + Camera List Templates

Camera Breakdown Schedule Template

Top-Down Lighting + Blocking Schematics

Side by Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

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  • Using the Script to Pre-Visualize Your Blocking: Semi-Pro
  • Understanding Camera Blocking and Breaking The Rules: Semi-Pro
  • Using The Rehearsal to Refine the Shot List: Semi-Pro
  • Understanding Light Placement with Multiple Actors: Semi-Pro
  • How To Increase Your Lighting Speed: Semi-Pro
  • How Light Placement Affects Emotion: Semi-Pro

About The Mentor

Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema as a storyteller, innovator and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Some of his film credits include: We Are Marshall, Terminator: Salvation, Need for Speed, Act of Valor, Semi-Pro, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Into the Blue, Mr 3000, among many others. 

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