The Illumination Experience Tour delivers an intense educational experience about the fundamentals of cinematography. Taught by Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C.—Director of Photography for 18 Hollywood films—this full-day workshop will teach you powerful principles and techniques you can immediately use in your filmmaking projects.

Shane will show you how to unleash the power of your camera and create maximum lighting impact so that your films attain the highest level of visual artistry. Whether you shoot with Cine-style or DLSR cameras, this workshop will improve your skills, marketability, storytelling effectiveness, and confidence as a filmmaker. Register Now!

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Your camera is an instrument that allows the audience to witness each character’s emotion. I will show you the process I go through when choosing camera settings, composition, and camera motion to convey the emotion of each character that maximizes impact.

Using our incredible in-classroom SETS, I will pull attendees from the audience and we will shoot scenes from my work, teaching you powerful techniques that you can instantly incorporate into your own films. This behind-the-scenes experience will allow you to maximize the potential of your digital sensor and give you a competitive advantage over others.

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You Will Learn How To:
  • Implement effective camera placement and composition.
  • Add storytelling impact to your films through the use of camera movement.
  • Learn innovative ways of moving the camera with the MōVI, sliders, cranes, and dollies.
  • Learn which camera settings to use for the most cinematic-looking footage.

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For a cinematographer, lighting is everything. During the Illumination Workshop you will learn 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.

Using a uniquely created LIGHT STUDY RIG I will show you how to analyze any situation using a three-step formula: discovery, creation, and execution—a formula you can use on any job or location, with actors or in live documentary filmmaking. This will immediately and dramatically enhance the look of whatever you are filming.

You Will Learn How To:
  • Determine which types of lights and lighting modifiers to choose for any situation.
  • Determine which qualities of light to implement for any scene by utilizing script analysis, storyboard preparation, lighting schematics, and shot lists.
  • Apply specialized lighting techniques make the visual adjustments for both high-end sensors and DSLR cameras.
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The soul of your film is created with lens choice. Throughout the Illumination Workshop I will show you how to intensify the effect of your footage through the use of lens selection, depth of field, bokeh, and lens filters.

You will learn how various focal lengths convey emotion differently, how to use depth of field to portray a 3D quality or direct the audience’s attention, how to use filters to create the most artistic look, and how and when to use rack focus to make a statement.

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