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Shane's Inner Circle

43 episodes - English - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 17 ratings

The Shane’s Inner Circle Podcast is hosted by Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Lydia Hurlbut. Shane has been making Hollywood films since the late 90s, and has made his mark in the industry with his ingenuity as a Director of Photography. Lydia Hurlbut is CEO of Hurlbut Visuals, a company designed by filmmakers for filmmakers to assist in mentorship, networking, and filmmaking knowledge. The Hurlbut’s mentor filmmakers of all levels of experience. This podcast focuses on the film industry, lighting techniques, camera tech, blocking, pre-production planning, theory, leadership, the importance of community, and wellness. All centered around helping you have a long prosperous career.

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EP 45 – EXECUTING THE SHOT

December 28, 2019 06:00 - 28 minutes - 26.1 MB

What I’ve learned over the last 25+ years is to be “flexible” because each shoot is going to be different. I’ve had shoots that are easy and shoots that could not have been more complex. It’s taught me the importance of always being ready and to at least be prepared with the essentials on each shoot. Today, Lydia and I are going to talk about some of the things you’ll need to consider as you get further into your career. We hope you enjoy!

EP 43 – WORKING FOR IT

November 30, 2019 06:00 - 36 minutes - 33.7 MB

Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed with some of the best crews, mentors, and leaders in my day-to-day. Working in the film industry is no easy task, but when you surround yourself by people that want to elevate you, that’s when creation enters the unique stage of growth and evolution. Today, Lydia and I are here to talk about some of the rigors that we’ve faced over the last 30 years. Whether it’s from financial decisions like buying equipment or the next step in my career…. We want to ...

EP 42 – DEVELOPING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE

November 15, 2019 20:00 - 59 minutes - 54.5 MB

Being a filmmaker can be demanding creatively, logistically, and personally. Throughout the years, Lydia and I have always tried to stay true to ourselves and our needs. It’s never easy staying on top of projects, our home life, staying in touch with friends and family, keeping up with movies, etc… What keeps us grounded, creative, and passionate is prioritizing the essentials (i.e. family, friends, and our relationship) and acknowledging everything else is supplementary. By doing this, we’v...

EP 41 – FOLLOWING YOUR INTUITION

November 02, 2019 05:00 - 51 minutes - 47.3 MB

The end of each year is always a time to reflect on what you have accomplished, what has changed, and where you are hopefully going. For Lydia and myself, it’s been a crazy year with another feature in the books, an ever-changing schedule, and the unknown of what lies ahead. While it is never easy, it’s fun and worth the ride to be doing what I love. In this podcast, Lydia and I want to wrap up the year and spread as much knowledge to help give you a jumpstart in the new year. We wish you ...

EP 40 – TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCT

October 19, 2019 05:00 - 54 minutes - 50.1 MB

What’s beautiful about this industry is that everyone has their own unique approach to handling creative situations and business choices. Over the course of my career, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of learning from the greats that have paved the path for us today. Whether it be a cinematographer, director, producer, grip, etc… Everyone carries something you can learn and it’s important to soak in that knowledge. With this podcast, Lydia and I want to share some pearls of wisdom for on and o...

EP 39 – THE HOLLYWOOD CHANGE

October 05, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 60.1 MB

Women in the film industry make up a big part of our most creative voices and storytellers. We have filmmakers like Jane Campion, Reed Morano, Patty Jenkins, Lynne Ramsay, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola,  Kelly Reichart, Agnes Varda, Andres Arnold, and so many more. Right now, we are seeing the male-run industry flip on its head and more female filmmakers are getting the chance to create and express themselves. Lydia and I are here to talk about what this means to us and how we are seeing ...

EP 38 – USHERING IN A NEW ERA

September 21, 2019 05:00 - 58 minutes - 54.4 MB

Women in the film industry make up a big part of our most creative voices and storytellers. We have filmmakers like Jane Campion, Reed Morano, Patty Jenkins, Lynne Ramsay, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola,  Kelly Reichart, Agnes Varda, Andres Arnold, and so many more. Right now, we are seeing the male-run industry flip on it’s head and more female filmmakers are getting the chance to create and express themselves. Lydia and I are here to talk about what this means to us and how we are seeing...

EP 37 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR CINEMATIC GOALS

September 07, 2019 05:00 - 59 minutes - 54.5 MB

Your reel in the film industry is the one constant you are always going to have to face. This is your identity, your style, your passion, and those that don’t know you need to be able to tell that by the end of it. Throughout you career your are going to make a lot of decisions that, for better or for worse,  will sculpt the outcome on how your shoots go, and your career, and how your life goes. What I want to help with is guiding you not only on your career, but how to stay healthy when i...

EP 36 – THE ART IN BUSINESS

August 24, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 55.5 MB

When you begin your career as a filmmaker, you tend to only consider shots, the art behind the craft, and all of the creatives choices you are ready to make. Time and time again, it can be a rude awakening for those that enter into the industry and that don’t consider the business aspect of the process. YES – being creative is a big part of our game but that is maybe 40% of the job at the most. Everyday as filmmakers we deal with budgets, lists, meetings, treatments, pitches, producers, an...

EP 35 – LIGHT PLACEMENT – ON SET EFFICIENCY

August 10, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 57 MB

As a cinematographer, I have always been influenced and inspired by light. To me, light makes my job fresh, new, and exciting. Not everything about lighting has to deal with the quality it emits and which fixture you are going to pick. To really be a wizard at lighting, you need to understand the light itself, how it runs, and ultimately its limitations when out in the field. Time and time again, I see filmmakers boning themself when they ask for big sources and have no clue what is necess...

EP 34 – LIGHT QUALITY & SPECTRUM

July 27, 2019 05:00 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

As a cinematographer, I’ve always been fascinated by light! It’s extremely easy these days to get caught up by the ever-evolving tech out there and what’s hot. But at the end of the day, your bread and butter is always going to be the lights you choose to tell that story. Whether you go for strictly practicals or the big guns like 18K’s, you are making a choice for why you go down that route. Just like choosing a lens or a type of film stock, you need to choose why this light works for you. ...

EP 33 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR FILMMAKING TOOLS

July 12, 2019 19:00 - 1 hour - 61.1 MB

When prepping for your next production there are a lot of things to consider. What gear you want to use to tell your story, how you want to collaborate with your director and/or cinematographer, and what shots your want to get the best coverage for the script. With technology and shooting styles changing constantly, it can be hard to keep up with what’s new, what’s in, and how to apply it to your craft.   For this month’s podcast, Lydia and I take you through the process of breaking down y...

EP 32 – YOUR FIRST STEPS IN PRE-PRODUCTION

June 29, 2019 05:00 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

A lot of young cinematographers start out fixated on equipment and the creativity of the filmmaking process. While that is a big portion of what we do, it isn’t the only thing we do. To make your sets run effectively and efficiently, you want to have pre-production in the bag. While pre-production might not be your favorite part of the process, it is undoubtedly the most important part to unleashing your ideas. This month Lydia and I discuss how we cope with the rigors of leading into a shoo...

EP 31 – COMMUNICATION IS KEY

June 15, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 63 MB

Great filmmaking is more than just the newest and coolest gear, it’s also about teamwork, working with all types of personalities, and leadership. This month Lydia and I sit down to answer your questions about how to deal with difficult people on set while maintaining professionalism, how to ensure your crew hold their work to a high standard, as well as what to learn first when you’re starting out, gear for solo/indie work, and when to rely on “go to” looks.

EP 30 – LIGHTING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS

May 31, 2019 19:00 - 1 hour - 57.7 MB

A camera can only take you so far as you make your way along your cinematic story. There’s a whole other element that is both native and dependent to a professional-looking image — lighting. Applying lights is the key to creating multiple dimensions. Good lighting will give your work that specific tone you’re looking for on the screen. You see, understanding the significance of cinematic lighting is the other half of the battle. A lot of times you will see aspiring filmmakers pick up a camer...

EP 29 – CARVING YOUR PATH

May 18, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 62.9 MB

It’s tough breaking into the industry and knowing whether you are making the right decisions, or not. Should you dive-in straight as a DP or go up the ladder from the bottom? Are you scared to make the leap into a freelance lifestyle? It’s a lot to wrap your mind around when first starting out in the business. Lydia and I  discuss my path to becoming a DP and how having someone to lean on in tough times is key!

EP 28 – GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA

May 04, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 56.2 MB

This month’s podcast covers how to put your camera through the ringer and get the most out of it. Shane discusses how it’s one thing to own a camera, but it’s another to understand its full potential. Camera tests are key when it comes to knowing when and where to apply your camera, as well as when and where not to. Shane takes you step by step on how to understand the soul of your sensor.

EP 27 – COMPOSURE ON SET

April 20, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 62.1 MB

This month’s podcast covers how to stay on the ball and figure out what works best for you to successfully manage your career and personal life. Lydia discusses what has worked for her and shares her tips to help you figure out your schedule, how to manage the storm, all while keeping calm and staying strong.

EP 26 – SETTING UP YOUR LIGHTING

April 06, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 59.9 MB

This month’s podcast covers your questions on setting up your lighting. Shane discusses lighting backgrounds first, set ups and ratios as they pertain to moods, white balancing the night, lighting tips to create a darker mood, lighting for different skin tones, and smoke and hazers.

EP 25 – PLANNING YOUR COVERAGE

March 23, 2019 05:00 - 1 hour - 63.3 MB

This month’s podcast covers your questions on planning coverage and when to roll. Shane discusses rolling during rehearsals, coverage and storyboarding, color grading, aspect ratios, and more.

EP 24 – WORK ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP

March 09, 2019 06:00 - 53 minutes - 49.4 MB

This month’s podcast covers your questions on good work ethics shaping you as a leader. Lydia discusses challenges faced by Lydia and Shane, advice for those with families who want to pursue this line of work, the importance of energy and self care, and inspiration for the Inner Circle.

EP 23 – STARTING OUT IN THE BUSINESS

February 23, 2019 06:00 - 55 minutes - 51.6 MB

This month’s podcast covers your questions on getting into the business. Shane discusses building relationships with vendors, putting together a reel, the pros and cons of getting into the union, and eye correction.

EP 22 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR TOOLS

February 09, 2019 06:00 - 57 minutes - 53.2 MB

This month’s podcast covers your questions on topics related to lenses, filters and cameras.

EP 21- BUSINESS, NETWORKING, AND CREW ATTITUDES

January 26, 2019 06:00 - 45 minutes - 42.3 MB

This month in her podcast, Lydia answers your questions on film crew attitudes, growing in the business, and breaking into the business, as well as adding her point of view to some questions asked of Shane.

EP 20 – CAMERA PLACEMENT, DOCUMENTARY CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND LIGHTING ESSENTIALS

January 12, 2019 06:00 - 1 hour - 57.4 MB

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I cover your questions on: Techniques for best camera placement Best documentary cameras and lighting Best ways to operate the camera handheld The power of the Leko Light Painting with “strokes” of light Differences in quality of light from the Kino Flo vs. the Book Light

EP 19 – MAINTAINING WORK/LIFE BALANCE

December 29, 2018 06:00 - 53 minutes - 49.9 MB

This month in her first podcast, Lydia answers your questions on work/life balance and talks about her philosophy on making career decisions.

EP 18 – COLOR GRADING & WORKFLOWS

December 15, 2018 06:00 - 52 minutes - 48.5 MB

This month’s podcast focuses on your questions around understanding workflows in relation to camera technology. Color grading and camera bit depth The future of the digital imaging technician (DIT) How I use post production lighting and vignettes The differences between cinema glass and still lenses for the cinematic look

EP 17 – FIRE GAG AND LIGHTING PRODUCT SHOTS

December 01, 2018 06:00 - 1 hour - 60.6 MB

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I answer your questions about: How I create flame flicker and the color quality of fire Lighting talent near a fire effect Differences in wood burning fires vs propane fires How to light for small objects, shiny objects and other product shots Lighting to bring out a product’s texture and color How I create a catch light without changing levels or ratios My batten lights and how I use them

EP 16 – FILM CAREER ESSENTIALS

November 17, 2018 06:00 - 43 minutes - 40.6 MB

In this month’s Inner Circle podcast, I answer your questions about career issues in the industry. how and when to move into bigger film markets what is the “right” kind of commercial reel to submit to agencies how to pick crew members for low budget projects how to find crew members when you have limited contacts my relationship and working with production designers implementing the concepts I taught from the Illumination Tour

EP 15 – LEADERSHIP & ATTITUDES IN THE INDUSTRY

November 03, 2018 05:00 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

In this month’s podcast, I answer some great questions regarding the industry’s attitude and give you first hand advice on how to stay motivated, how to lead and inspire your crew, and making the best out of difficult personalities and situations. Topics include: Tips for on set leadership, building trust and confidence Breaking incorrect perceptions about your experience or abilities What keeps me motivated and why I strive to inspire my crew Pushing your comfort zone and challenging...

EP 14 – MIXING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

October 20, 2018 05:00 - 56 minutes - 52 MB

This month, the Inner Circle podcast covers your questions on: How to light for complete darkness Blending camera formats seamlessly Deconstructing a script for camera emotion How to create camera emotions to match your MUSE keywords using depth of field, camera angles, lighting and more.

EP 13 – SETTING UP RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR YOUR CHARACTERS

October 06, 2018 05:00 - 45 minutes - 42.4 MB

There was a bit of a glitch with the podcast last week, so I’ve recorded a new one for you. In this podcast, I answer questions on how to shoot film, choosing a film school, budget vs high end lenses, and more. Why film school is important and what to look for when choosing one How to learn to shoot film if you have never tried it My lens rules of engagement What monitors are best for on set exposure and color Canon CN-E lenses as a first investment Budget solutions for choosing l...

EP 12 – CAMERA: FORMATS, EXPOSURE AND FOCUS

September 22, 2018 05:00 - 55 minutes - 51.3 MB

My July podcast is all about camera technology from formats and exposure to the emotion and motivation of focus pulling and much more. Topics covered include: What it takes to capture the “cinematic” look and feel with your camera Selecting your next camera: the pros & cons of Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s, Canon 5D Mark II & Mark III, C100, C300 and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera The emotion and motivation of focus pulling 3D LUTS and false color

EP 11 – CREATING DEPTH, MOOD AND EMOTION WITH LIGHTING

September 08, 2018 05:00 - 56 minutes - 52.2 MB

This month’s podcast focuses on your lighting questions. Specifically, I cover these topics: How-to lighting set-ups for Inner Circle member’s projects Advice for lighting on a micro-budget Tips on recreating looks in camera and in post How to light for an iPhone shoot The Gaffer/DP relationship and workflows New this month – RED LUTS available in the store

EP 10 – WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CINEMATOGRAPHER

August 25, 2018 05:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for this month’s Inner Circle podcast. Just a reminder that you can submit more questions here- http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2014/08/submit-your-podcast-questions/ This month we cover: My path to becoming a DP, getting an agent, crafting your reel, self-negotiating Vintage lens recommendations, Rokinon vs Canon EF, diffusion filters and other options A discussion about lens barrel distortion and sharpness, Cooke vs Leica camera te...

EP 9 – SETTING UP YOUR CAMERA FOR CINEMATIC VISION

August 11, 2018 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.7 MB

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for this month’s Inner Circle podcast. Just a reminder that you can submit more questions here- http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2014/08/submit-your-podcast-questions/ This month we cover: Mastering color temperature, choosing picture styles and exposure tips for specific cameras In depth discussions of DSLR, C100, C300, C500, 1DC, Alexa, BMCC and Red Dragon My camera tests, how I shoot them and what I look for in lenses, sensors and ...

EP 8 – FINDING YOUR VISUAL RHYTHM

July 28, 2018 05:00 - 52 minutes - 48 MB

Hello Inner Circle team from our tests on my new project. It’s time for the March podcast, where I answer your questions. This month we cover: Visual Style or Signature Inspiration and Influences Technical Tools: Frame Rates, Key Framing a Scene, Choreographing complex movement

EP 7 – LIGHTING LARGE DAY INTERIORS, DIY LIGHTING, ESSENTIAL TOOLS

July 14, 2018 05:00 - 46 minutes - 43.3 MB

The podcast this month focuses on taking your lighting technique to the next level, including commentary on light quality and essential tools, lighting large spaces, powering your lights, Chimera soft banks, Rosco LitePads and DIY lighting. You can find the questions down below. Be sure to submit your own questions for future podcasts. Thanks.

EP 6 – FILMMAKING TIPS & TRICKS: CAREER, COLOR PALETTE, SMASH GLASS FILTERS

June 30, 2018 05:00 - 46 minutes - 43.3 MB

Hello from Sundance, an amazing experience this year. Below you will find our January podcast, where I answer your questions. You can either stream it or download the file, whichever works best for you. You’ll also see that we’ve provided the questions, along with the timecode for each question. You asked, and we’ve added it! Soon, we will add that retroactively to the older podcast posts as well.

EP 5 – COLLABORATING WITH DIRECTORS IN PRE-PRODUCTION

June 18, 2018 17:00 - 46 minutes - 43 MB

Happy Holidays everyone! My family and I are off to Thailand until the beginning of January. We will be back and ready to rumble around January 10th. Enjoy the December podcast, answering your questions.

EP 4 – LIGHT QUALITY AND LIGHTING IN LAYERS

June 04, 2018 17:00 - 35 minutes - 32.6 MB

It’s time for the November Inner Circle podcast, where I answer your questions. This month, the podcast is themed around lighting questions, and I’ve included the actual questions below.

EP 3 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAMERA, LENS, AND SENSOR

May 21, 2018 12:00 - 38 minutes - 36 MB

It’s time for the October Inner Circle podcast, where I answer your questions. This month, the podcast is themed around camera questions.

EP 2 – MASTERING LIGHTING CHALLENGES

May 21, 2018 12:00 - 51 minutes - 47.5 MB

It’s time for the September Inner Circle podcast, where I answer your questions. This episode focuses on lighting, and I will try to answer as many questions as possible in an hour. We’ll go into specific scenarios and some low budget alternatives.