How To

Light a Car



How To

Light A Car

Urban Night & Moonlight


10 Lessons

2 hours of
instructional video

Access PDF

10 Lessons

2 hours of
instructional video

Access PDF

Cinematically light a moving car for both urban and rural nights

How To Light a Car: Urban Night & Moonlight is our groundbreaking course that takes the fear out of lighting night exteriors while in motion. Shane Hurlbut, ASC unveils how to light at night in a city setting with exterior lighting sources such as metal halide lights, and then shows how to create moonlight in rural settings and manicure it.

Illuminating the dark while making it feel natural is one of the most important lighting techniques a cinematographer can learn to master. Shane guides you through how he creates, crafts, manicures, and pulls off the perfect environment for an urban night car scene. With step-by-step guidance focusing on the hit Action/Adventure film Need for Speed, Shane shows you what lights to use to recreate urban streets, how to engineer realistic light effects, how to collaborate with the colorist, and more!

Then, taking the Netflix hit The Babysitter as a case study, Shane reveals every trick in the book for building perfect moonlight! This includes learning how to set up lights with balanced color temperatures, working with dynamic headlight gags, and understanding DIY lighting effects, among other key techniques!

Course Includes:

Detailed Written Breakdowns

Top-Down Lighting + Blocking Schematics

Lighting List Templates

Camera List Templates

Side by Side Comparisons

English Subtitles Included

View Trailer


Look Inside The Course

  • How To Light a Car Urban Night - Filmmakers Academy
  • Rosco Chrome Orange #179 - Filmmakers Academy
  • How To Light a Car - Filmmakers Academy
  • How To Light a Car for Urban Night and Moonlight - Filmmakers Academy


  • Building Set Lights with Balanced Color Temperature
  • A Dynamic Headlight Gag
  • DIY Lighting Effects and Gags
  • A Dynamic Approach to Motion
  • Six Lights to Recreate Urban Streets at Night
  • How To Engineer Realistic Light Effects
  • DP and Colorist Relationship in the Bay
  • How To Light Urban Night Car Chases: Illumination Experience
  • How To Shoot Car Commercials at Night: Acura
  • How To Light Night Car Interiors

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. 

Access the Course



Billed Annually
(Introductory special price)

Unlimited Access to Courses and Lessons
Enter Our Private Facebook Group 
Access PDF assets

You May Also Like

Lighting Theory with Shane Hurlbut
Lighting Day Interiors Volume 2 Course
How To Light High Key Commercials Course - Filmmakers Academy
How to Light Day Interiors Vol 3 Course - Filmmakers Academy


Become a member and get unlimited access to courses and lessons.

Join now for $33/mo. (Introductory Special Price)
billed annually

Frequently Asked Questions

Filmmakers Academy offers three memberships: Free, All Access, and All Access + Pro.

The Free account is limited to 30+ lessons and gives you a sneak peek into membership.

All Access includes unlimited access to all of our courses and lessons as well as entry to our Private Facebook Group for Global Referrals + Collaboration, access to PDF assets, and our Career Paths feature that includes Directing, Cinematography, Lighting, G&E, Color Correction, Post-Production, and more!

 All Access + Pro grants you everything in an All Access membership, plus 1 on 1 film mentoring with a mentor of your choice, annually pick 2 Mentor Crafted PDFs (the Holy Grail of Mentor Experience), quarterly exclusive live masterclasses.

If you’re only interested in taking one specific course, we offer many of our courses in the Store.

No, we only offer a select group of courses in our store. Most of our content is member exclusive. Join today to have access to all of our courses.

We do not offer a monthly membership option. Please note that you could pay by PayPal Credit to spread your payments out over 6 months without paying any interest. Please visit PayPal for details on PayPal Credit.

If you wish to cancel your membership:

  1. Log in to your account and click on Dashboard
  2. From the dashboard, click on the option Billing
  3. Then scroll down, locate the Active Plan and click on Change Plan
  4. Click Cancel Membership below your active plan.

Once you’ve completed these steps, the subscription will be officially canceled, and you will not be charged for the subscription in the future.