How To

Light a Car

green & Blue screen


How To

Light A Car

Green & blue screen


10 Lessons

6+ hours of
instructional video

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10 Lessons

6+ hours of
instructional video

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A masterclass in using blue screen & green screen
for the Poor Man’s Process technique

How To Light a Car:  Green & Blue Screen takes you through the Poor Man’s Process utilizing scenes from the films Deadfall and Need For Speed as case studies. Poor Man’s Process is a filmmaking technique that gives the impression of motion in driving scenes—and it’s completely doable on a modest budget.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC details how he approached the snowstorm scene in Deadfall with blue screen and shows the best way to light a car interior for VFX plates. He discusses how to convey the scene and its emotion with your lens, depth of field, and cinematic framing. The course even gets as granular as providing top tips for enhancing a closeup!

Shane then switches gears and presents his lighting setups utilized in Deadfall and Need For Speed to guide you through techniques like green screen lighting for the front windshield, lighting for dawn, ISO adjustment, utilizing a color meter for the best color tones, and revealing how to manipulate colors for the dawn to twilight shift.

Course Includes:

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Script Pages

Lighting + Camera List Templates

Camera Breakdown Schedule Template

Top-Down Blocking + Lighting Schematics

Side by Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

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Look Inside The Course

  • How To Light a Car with Blue Screen - Filmmakers Academy
  • How To Light a Car - Blue Screen
  • Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut - How To Light a Car
  • How To Light a Car with Green Screen - Filmmakers Academy


  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 01
  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 02
  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 03
  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 04
  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 05
  • Poor Man’s Process: Blue Screen Part 06
  • Poor Man’s Process: Green Screen Pt 01
  • Poor Man’s Process: Green Screen Pt 02
  • Poor Man’s Process: Green Screen Pt 03
  • Poor Man’s Process: Green Screen Pt 04

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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