The Shane Hurlbut “Illumination Experience Educational Tour” Hits 25 Cities in North America

HurlbutVisuals, a blog by Hollywood DP Shane Hurlbut ASC, has been an invaluable free resource for all filmmakers who want to build up their lighting and camera skills. Shane has shot numerous big budget Hollywood features (Terminator Salvation, Need For Speed, We Are Marshal), TV movies (The Rat Pack), and hundreds of commercials, and has been an avid adopter of HDSLR’s as professional acquisition tools for a long time.

He pioneered HDSLR’s as professional tools by shooting Act of Valor on 5D Mark II’s making it the first motion picture released by a major Hollywood studio.

He recently launched Shane’s Inner Circle (which we covered here), a subscription based creative hub on which filmmakers get unprecedented access to the inner-workings of a professional DP on a major film set, as well as, in-depth posts on cameras/lenses, podcasts, and practical lighting and camera tests, and picture profiles and LUT’s he uses in his work.

And in just less than two weeks, Shane takes his Masterclass on a major North American tour through 25 cities. Titled “The Illumination Experience Tour” it includes a hands-on Masterclass and Workshop, in addition to an HD Workshop download option suitable for those who cannot attend in person.

The Illumination Experience Educational Tour starts on September 14 in Irvine, CA then circles North America visiting and finishes in Los Angeles on November 15 and 16.

Here’s a full list of Tour dates:

  • Irvine, CA – Sept. 14
  • Phoenix, AZ – Sept. 16
  • Austin, TX – Sept. 18
  • Dallas, TX – Sept. 20
  • Atlanta, GA – Sept. 23
  • Orlando, FL – Sept. 25
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Sept. 27
  • Charlotte, NC – Sept. 30
  • Philadelphia, PA – Oct. 2
  • Washington, DC – Oct. 4
  • Detroit, MI – Oct. 7
  • Boston, MA – Oct. 9
  • New York City/New Jersey Cities, NY, NJ – Oct. 11
  • Toronto, ON – Oct. 14
  • Chicago, IL – Oct. 18
  • Minneapolis, MN – Oct. 21
  • Denver, CO – Oct. 23
  • Seattle, WA – Oct. 25
  • Portland, OR – Oct. 30
  • Vancouver, BC – Nov. 2
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Nov. 4
  • Sacramento, CA – Nov. 6
  • San Francisco, CA – Nov. 8
  • San Jose, CA – Nov. 11
  • San Diego, CA – Nov. 13
  • Los Angeles, CA – Nov. 15

Shane will be sharing his best practices and techniques used to major Hollywood feature films and high-end commercials in an Intensive Workshop on Day 1 in which attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to “develop, enhance, and implement the storytelling process with lighting and camera”. Participants will learn how to decide “which qualities of light to implement for any scene by utilizing script analysis, storyboard preparation, lighting schematics, and shot lists via live demonstrations”. 

Shane will also demonstrate how to manipulate the quantity and quality of light, how to diffuse, how to use color, how to create depth and separation, and how to block scenes in a way to deliver the greatest emotional impact”.

During the workshop, Shane will share his 3 step lighting process of DISCOVERY, CREATION, and EXECUTION, which will help participants deliver images with highly cinematic impact on a budget on their own productions.

Day 2 will feature a hand-on Experience Masterclass which puts the techniques from Day 1 into practice. Shane will guide filmmakers through their own shoots, showing them how he lights various scenes in different scenarios and contexts.

To learn more about the tour and register, visit the Illumination Experience Tour website.

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