Script to Screen

A Cinematographer’s Guidebook


Script to Screen

Cinematographer’s Guidebook


22 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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22 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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From script to location to blocking, discover how
to bring your words to life!

Script To Screen: A Cinematographer’s Guidebook walks you through how Shane Hurlbut, ASC preps his projects. Using the film Deadfall as a reference, Shane demonstrates the challenges of your location, like constantly changing light.

This is a masterclass in cinematography prep. Starting with the location and tech scout, you’ll learn what to look for in a location, how to prep for a scout, what to include in your scouting kit, and how you collaborate with the director for the blocking process.

Next, you’ll find how to emulate the late afternoon light and control sunlight for interiors while casting that delicate dusk quality. Then, Shane explains when to go for the close-up and how to block, break rules, and unite your team to deliver your project from script to screen!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down Blocking & Lighting schematics

Script pages

Lighting list templates

Camera list templates

Shot list templates


Side by side comparisons

English subtitles included

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  • Location Scouting: Walkthrough with the Director: Deadfall
  • Camera Blocking and Setting Up the Scene: Deadfall
  • Location Scouting: Theory and Production Design: Deadfall
  • Location Scouting: My Cinematographers Scouting Toolkit
  • How To Tech Scout a Location: Deadfall
  • How To Build a Soft Box
  • How To Rig a Soft Box
  • How To Use a Wall Spreader
  • How Color Temperature Sets The Mood: Deadfall
  • Know Where and Why To Place the Master Shot: Deadfall
  • How To Balance Your Rooms Ambient Light: Deadfall
  • How To Block a Scene with Actors: Deadfall
  • Finessing and Shooting the Master Shot: Deadfall
  • How To Compose and Light the Close Up: Deadfall
  • Fine-Tuning the Close-Up Lighting and Executing the Shot: Deadfall
  • How To Extend Dusk for Hours: Deadfall
  • Using Color Theory and Lighting To Recreate Dusk: Deadfall
  • How To Mimic a Police Car Light: Deadfall
  • How To Light Your Interior for Dusk: Deadfall
  • How To Light and Lens a Two Shot: Deadfall
  • How To Light The Reverse Angle: Deadfall
  • How To Light the Close-Up for Dramatic Impact: Deadfall

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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