Master Your Craft
Taking your filmmaking career to the next level since 2009
Filmmakers Academy is a networking hub and educational platform for all things filmmaking. Created by filmmakers for filmmakers, its mentors and masterclass courses not only equip members with the knowledge needed to thrive in the industry, but it packs in information about the nuances of the trade, useful film-hacks, and relevant terminology. We’re a resource for filmmakers who want to master their craft, meet like-minded creatives, and grow.
Filmmakers Academy delivers outstanding online education on filmmaking, cinematography, lighting, production, post production workflows and lifestyle from the best industry professionals in the business.
Filmmakers Academy was founded by Lydia and Shane Hurlbut ASC and began as Hurlbut Visuals in 2009 to educate and inspire filmmakers of all skill levels. The company began as a way for Shane to share his many years of experience as a filmmaker, his pioneering spirit with new cutting-edge technologies, and his theoretical and practical knowledge on both commercial and feature films.
The couple began Filmmakers Academy to share what took Shane 20 years of trial and error to learn on his own. Filmmakers Academy’s lessons contain field tested knowledge and innovation from feature films that catapult the career of a filmmaker by focusing them on what they need to know to succeed. The courses save professionals both time and money by directly delivering the experience of industry professionals.
Through the ongoing creation of original content, Shane and his highly-experienced team test new products and experiment with innovative techniques which they share with Filmmakers Academy members. Their goal is to ignite the passion and dreams of artists and filmmakers.
In 2021, the expansion of Filmmakers Academy was guided by Lydia Hurlbut as CEO of the Academy. With all of the advancements comes the growth of the business with new professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are invited as trusted colleagues that have helped Shane as a cinematographer.
Lydia and Shane’s talents naturally combine to provide an immersive learning experience to help filmmakers fast-track their careers, producing opportunities for themselves that were previously unimaginable.
Hurlbut Visuals Production Company was founded
Hurlbut Visuals operated a hands-on educational booth at Cinegear and B&H Photo funded the company’s DSLR Educational Series for Cinema.
Commissioned by Canon USA, Hurlbut Visuals produced The Ticket
Brainstormed the vision and concept
for Shane’s Inner Circle.
The Inner Circle would evolve into the Hurlbut’s first attempt to formalize their passion for education.
Launch of Shane’s Inner
Mentorship program for Women in Film
SIC November Workshop
Shane’s Inner Circle
Content Shoot workshop
Created the Hurlbut Academy Ambassador Program
Launch of the Hurlbut Academy
The Hurlbut Academy launches
its new brand identity: