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Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:59:39 pm

Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014


http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2014/09/illumination-experience-tour/

http://illumination.mzed.com/reserve-now


I have been following Shane's blog for a few years now and saw that he was conducting a seminar series “the illumination experience tour” and it was coming through Phoenix AZ. I thought about it for a while, as it's $300+ for a one day seminar. Would it be worth it? I didn't know, but I went to his blog again and looked at all the information he puts out for free to the filmmaking community and I thought if nothing else I would get to meet him and see what he's about. Still $300 is $300 and I thought about it some more; one night I just decided to do it, about a week before the tour came to Phoenix I signed up.

Up at 05:30 for a 08:30 call down in Mesa, AZ; I hate being late and had some issues with crew recently about this, it wasn't going to be me. I got to the Hilton, early, and saw the crew setting up, this was quite an extensive show. The “set” looked like a feature film was camping out in the conference room, and the place was filled with some incredible gear. The “show” is driving a 26” truck full of the latest gear around the country just for this workshop, so far things were looking good for the day.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC, does not disappoint! He is a high-energy wild-man on set, and it was an action packed day that I would have been very disappointed to miss; $300+, worth every penny. The gear he brought was top notch, and everyone got to handle all of it, this was definitely a “hands-on” seminar. A Canon C500 and Canon's cinema zooms and primes. The Blackmagic Cinema camera with Canon's cinema zoom as well, and one DSLR that everyone has knocking around. Seeing each of the cameras projected on the “big screen” and how they compare was very valuable for me, very interesting to have different cameras shooting the exact same scene to see how they differ.

A Fischer dolly, a smaller dolly, track and plenty of sticks for the “sets” he created in the hall. The Fischer brought back memories, the first time I really hurt my back was humping one of those damned things up a narrow flights of stairs with a couple of other grips back in NYC, total nightmare, and then after a 12 hour day we had to drag it back down again. I hate the Fisher to this day, but it's is an amazing piece of kit and he puts it to good use. You will have to attend to see how.

The lighting gear he brought was really outstanding, the newest plasma lights, bi-color LED panels, the newest Arri lights and even “crap” from Home Depot, that he used expertly to light a set three ways with Tungsten, LED, and Home Depot lighting that anyone can afford, quite a demo. 9 carts of grip equipment with everything we needed to light a set that was a recreation of one of Shane's films, fun.

Shane was very open about his workflow, the gear he uses (get a light meter!), and his ideas about how cinematography enhances story telling. For me, this was the best part of the day as I think the “ideas” behind lighting, framing, camera movement, are the real foundation of filmmaking; the gear is very cool, but you really can just work with a DSLR and “crap” from Home Depot to pull off a great shot, and we saw how it was done, right next to $500k worth of equipment, quite a day.

Shane's “roadies” were top notch, and after they wrapped out the seminar, they got into the truck and were driving straight through, 18 hours, to the next gig in Texas; part of me wanted to be on the truck to do the whole three month tour, but I'm back in the office, stealing a few minutes to write this before getting back to grading a film in Resolve.

Shane, the next time you swing through Phoenix, you owe me lunch.

Thanks' for the memorable day!

Malcolm Matusky
MalcolmProductions.com

Malcolm
http://www.malcolmproductions.com


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