How to

Prep as Director of Photography


How to Prep as

Director of



36 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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36 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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Uncover how to prep your kit just like the professionals

“It’s all about the prep!” — Your success in production hinges on how well you’ve prepped, and How To Prep as Director of Photography will ensure that you’re equipped and ready to handle any curveball thrown your way!

Shane Hurlbut, ASC unpacks his 30+ years of experience prepping films and so following his methods will present you with peace of mind heading into any kind of production. Shane’s prep process is legendary among his camera techs and this masterclass will give you the necessary tools to effectively break down pre-production.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns


Lighting list templates

Camera list templates

Camera breakdown schedule template

Top-down Blocking & Lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

English subtitles included

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  • How To Be a Leader in The Industry
  • HA Podcast Episode 15: Leadership and Attitudes in the Industry
  • HA Podcast Episode 24: Work Ethics and Leadership
  • HA Podcast Episode 31: Communication is Key
  • HA Podcast Episode 27: Composure On Set
  • Breaking Down Your Screenplay
  • Writer and Director: How To Set Up Your Story In 3 Minutes
  • Selecting Your Aspect Ratio
  • HA Podcast Episode 32: Your First Steps in Pre-Production
  • Educational Resource Books For Cinematography
  • How To Prep Narrative Storytelling: Illumination Experience
  • How To Communicate Your Ideas as a Filmmaker
  • How To Communicate Your Vision to the Director with Color: Into the Badlands
  • HA Podcast Episode 13: Setting Up Rules of Engagement for your Characters
  • Establishing The World: Terminator Salvation
  • How Lenses Assist Storytelling Part 1
  • How Lenses Assist Storytelling Part 2
  • How Lenses Assist Storytelling Part 3
  • How To Choose the Right Focal Lengths
  • How Focal Lengths Make Your Audience Feel
  • How Focal Lengths Assist Character Development: Into the Badlands
  • Storytelling Through Composition Part 1
  • Storytelling Through Composition Part 2
  • HA Podcast Episode 3: Understanding Your Camera Lens and Sensor
  • HA Podcast Episode 57: Camera and Lenses Centric
  • How To Test Your Lens PT 1
  • How To Test Your Lens PT 2
  • Why How and When to Move the Camera
  • What Hand Held Camera Tells an Audience: Fathers and Daughters
  • How To Plan Plot and Execute One Shot Sequences: Fathers and Daughters Part 1
  • How To Plan Plot and Execute One Shot Sequences: Fathers and Daughters Part 2
  • Location Scouting: My Cinematographers Scouting Toolkit
  • How To Light with Emotion: The Rat Pack
  • How To Research Your Look: The Skulls
  • How To Extend Dawn for Hours: Drumline
  • How To Extend Sunset for Hours: Into the Blue

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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