How To

Light Night Exteriors


How To

Light Night Exteriors


9 Lessons

2+ hours of
instructional video

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9 Lessons

2+ hours of
instructional video

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Expertly craft night exteriors for rural and urban lighting

How To Light Night Exteriors is a masterclass in cinematically capturing the night in multiple settings. Whether it’s urban lighting in the film Fathers and Daughters, minimal rural lighting as seen in We Are Marshall, or lighting rain at night in the series Into the Badlands, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes his methods and puts them to action! That way, you can see for yourself how such techniques are professionally applied!

This masterclass begins with the first stroke, taking you through the location scouting process and answers all of your burning questions from what fill lights to use, bounce sources to fly, best moonlight sources, and how to set your camera’s color temperature to deliver that silver-gray moonlight we all know and love!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down Blocking & Lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

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  • Lighting Night Exteriors with Shane Hurlbut
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  • How To Light Night Exteriors with Gray Tones: Part 1
  • How To Light Night Exteriors with Gray Tones: Part 2
  • How To Light Night Exteriors with Two Lights: We Are Marshall
  • How To Light Urban Night Car Chases: Illumination Experience
  • How to Light Night Exteriors with Blue Tones: Pt 1 – Location Scout
  • How to Light Night Exteriors with Blue Tones: Pt 2 – The Build
  • How to Light Night Exteriors with Blue Tones: Pt 3 -The Execution – Pt 1
  • How to Light Night Exteriors with Blue Tones: Pt 3 – The Execution Pt 2
  • How To Illuminate Rain at Night: Into the Badlands
  • How To Light Night with Existing Street Lights: Fathers and Daughters

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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