How To

Light A Horror Film


How To

Light A Horror Film


6 Lessons

1+ hours of
instructional video

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6 Lessons

1+ hours of
instructional video

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Peel back the veil to discover professional horror film techniques

Horror is a hallmark of filmmaking. When done correctly, lighting builds tension and heightens terror for excruciating effect.

In How To Light Horror, Shane Hurlbut, ASC brings you on set and shows you how to turn any ordinary location into a place of anxiety and mystery — all through the power of lighting. You’ll learn how much light works best to create tension, the ideal amount of color contrast, and how to use shadows to your advantage.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

English subtitles included

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  • Filmmakers work How To Light a Horror Film
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  • How to Light Horror: Setting the Tone of Terror Pt 1
  • How to Light Horror: Shadows Of Suspense Pt 2
  • How to Light Horror: Handheld Horror Pt 3
  • How to Light Horror: Preparing for Panic Pt 4
  • How to Light Horror: Killer Close Up Pt 5
  • How to Light Horror: History of Horror

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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