Intro To

Cinematography Workshop

Volume I


Intro To



Volume I


6 Lessons

8+ hours of
instructional video

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6 Lessons

8+ hours of
instructional video

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Intensive filmmaking workshop designed for beginner
and intermediate filmmakers

As part of the Illumination Experience Tour, this is the perfect introductory course for new filmmakers. In this popular masterclass, you’ll learn the necessary concepts, theories, and techniques to fully understand why you do something in addition to how you accomplish it.

Expect to learn industry-standard terminology, pre-production planning, must-have tools, how to properly expose, lighting quality, quantity, and placement, plus various golden nuggets that Shane Hurlbut, ASC has discovered over his 30+ year career as a cinematographer!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Blocking & Lighting schematics

Top-down sun paths

Side by side comparisons

Director’s treatments

Shot lists


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  • Key Light: Where When and Why: Illumination Experience
  • How to Prep Narrative Storytelling: Illumination Experience
  • How To Rehearse Block Light and Shoot A Scene: Illumination Experience
  • Back Light: Where When and Why: Illumination Experience
  • Fill Light: Where When and Why: Illumination Experience
  • How to light Urban Night Car Chases: Illumination Experience

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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