BLOCKING & LIGHTING A-Z

BLOCKING & LIGHTING A-Z

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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 Watch as Shane explains timeless and classic lighting that doesn’t go out of date that he’s learned from experienced directors of photography and cinematographers, such as Rembrandt lighting.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 Light Placement with Multiple Actors

    Episode 1

    Go on set with Shane to discuss light placement for 6 actors on a night interior. Learn how to go from a close up to a wide shot as Shane’s crew lights the entire scene. Watch as Shane explains timeless and classic lighting that doesn’t go out of date that he’s learned from experienced directors ...

  • How to Increase Your Lighting Speed

    Episode 2

    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. Review the value of lighting an area...

  • How Light Placement Affects Emotion

    Episode 3

    Summarize the tutorial by reviewing how to set and infuse the mood of a scene with dramatic lighting that creates beautiful lights in the actor’s eyes and highlights their individual skin tones. Consider lighting ratio, overexposure, perimeter lighting, and close ups to predict and understand why...