BLOCKING & LIGHTING A-Z

BLOCKING & LIGHTING A-Z

4 Seasons

Step into world-renowned cinematographer Shane Hurlbut’s office to interpret the lighting and thought process that went into the locker room scene in the blockbuster hit Semi-Pro.

Begin by reading the Semi-Pro script along with Shane Hurlbut and the direction he was given from Director Kent Alderman. Dissect the daunting challenge of lighting 5-7 main characters with different skin complexions, from a videographer’s point of view. Learn how to add punch to the key moments in a scene by giving purpose to everything in the lighting setup and making the most emotional impact on the viewer.

Go on set in the locker room with Shane and the actors to rehearse the scene, refine the shot list and learn about light motivation. Watch as Shane explains timeless and classic lighting that doesn’t go out of date that he’s learned from experienced directors of photography and cinematographers, such as Rembrandt lighting.

Understand the importance of being able to light a scene effectively and efficiently. Go behind the scenes with Shane as he shows you his technique to quickly light a room, each crew member’s responsibilities, and the timing of lighting in relation to filming. Learn Shane’s specific lighting gear and accessories and where he places them to define a specific lighting style that quickly creates contrast, mood and shape from any angle.

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BLOCKING & LIGHTING A-Z
  • Understanding and Breaking the Rules

    Episode 1

    Become aware of the 180 Degree Rule on Coverage - a cinematography guideline where two characters in a scene should maintain the same left/right relationship to one another. Then understand when it makes sense to follow that rule or break that rule with a reverse angle. Watch as Shane describes t...

  • Using the Rehearsal to Refine the Shot List

    Episode 2

    Go on set in the locker room with Shane and the actors to rehearse the scene, refine the shot list and learn about light motivation. Emphasize the importance of intentionally making room for impromptu actors to capture their unexpected reactions, confrontations, close ups, or over the shoulder vi...