How To be

A Film Electrician


How To Be

A Film Electrician


42 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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42 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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A complete foundation for a career as a Set Electric

Uncover the ins and outs of the job with How To Be A Film Electrician! This is a great supplementary course to aid your pursuit to get into the union.

Here you’ll learn how to distribute power, work with portable generators, prepare power for set, check-in lights, and color balance HMIs, along with the nuances of on-set etiquette and protocols! Terminology is big on-set. Luckily, this course will shine a light on industry-standard jargon, plus tips and techniques to get your career well underway!

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  • How to use a distro box in how to be a film electrician
  • Shane Hurlbut shows how to be a film electrician
  • Labeling in Tape System in Shane Hurlbut shows how to be a film electrician
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  • Lighting and Grip Packages
  • Tungsten Lights: Check In
  • HMI Lights: Check In
  • Kino Flo Lights: Check In
  • Testing and Color Balancing HMIs
  • Distro Equipment: Check In
  • Portable Generators
  • Working with Set Power Distribution
  • Labeling Cables
  • Laying Your First Cable Run
  • Running Power In Reverse
  • Tying In and Metering Power
  • Making A Gack Pack
  • Powering Up Your Lights On Set
  • How To Use Color Contrast with New Digital Cameras
  • Rosco CTO and CTS Gels
  • Knots You Need To Know: Bowline
  • Knots You Need To Know: Clove Hitch
  • Knots You Need to Know: The Sheep Shank
  • 1000 Watt Baby Baby Fresnel Light
  • 1000 Watt 407 Fresnel Light
  • 750W Open Face Arrilite
  • 2000 Watt Open Face Arrilite
  • Leko Lights
  • Leko Lights – Part 2
  • Dedo Lights
  • CINEO HS2 and HSX: Remote Phosphor Technology
  • Kino Flo Fluorescent Lights
  • Kino Flo Celeb 200 and 400
  • Kino Flo Selects
  • LED Arri S60 Skypanel Lights
  • Chimera Softbank
  • Chimera Pancakes
  • Recreating The Sun with Artificial Light
  • How To Replicate TV Light: Kino Flo Lights
  • How To Replicate TV Light: Dedo Lights
  • How To Build a Headlight Gag
  • How To Use A Headlight Gag
  • How To Create a Fire Effect Light: DIY
  • How To Create a Fire Effect Light: Professional
  • How To Use a Fire Effects Light with Real Fire
  • How To Create Firelight and Lamplight Effects: Into the Badlands
  • HA Podcast: Ep 17 – Using Lights To Replicate Fire and Lighting For Product Shots

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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