Blocking Theory

SHANE HURLBUT ASC

Blocking Theory

SHANE HURLBUT ASC

15 Lessons

3+ hours of
instructional video

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15 Lessons

3+ hours of
instructional video

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assets

Learn the fundamentals of blocking in order to block a scene masterfully

Blocking Theory is essential to anything from commercials and music videos to short films, television shows, and feature films. The understanding and mastery of blocking is what truly makes great directors and cinematographers. Blocking is not only based on character and direction but the emotions that motivate them.

This course was designed by Shane Hurlbut, ASC to help open your mind to various forms of theory applied to real scenarios. For instance, you will discover how blocking is structured around your lighting, which in turn informs you on where to place the camera and lights. If you have ever found blocking to be a daunting task, this course will pad you with invaluable techniques and reveal how to work with static cameras, handheld, gimbals, and dollies to give you confidence and take your creativity to a whole other level!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

Modules

  • Camera Movement to Enhance Character Development: Into the Badlands
  • Challenges of Blocking Night Interiors: Into the Badlands
  • How Focal Lengths Assist Character Development: Into the Badlands
  • Using a Dolly to Block a Scene: Fathers and Daughters
  • Understanding Camera Placement: Fathers and Daughters
  • How to Block & Light Small Locations: Fathers and Daughters Part 1
  • How to Block & Light Small Locations: Fathers and Daughters Part 2
  • What Handheld Camera Tells and Audience: Fathers and Daughters
  • Cinematography: Day Interiors Vol II: Actor Blocking
  • Blocking & Matching Coverage
  • How to Block & Light for Three Cameras: Fathers and Daughters Part 1
  • How to Block & Light for Three Cameras: Fathers and Daughters Part 2
  • Set Lighting for Three Cameras: Into the Badlands
  • How to Plan, Plot & Execute One Shot Sequences: Fathers and Daughters Part 1
  • How to Plan, Plot & Execute One Shot Sequences: Fathers and Daughters Part 2

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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