C-Stand Basics by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

by planetMitch5 Comments

When I was at the RØDEShow 2015 2 weeks ago, Shane told me he was working on a training video for a C-Stand… I guess I looked at him like he was crazy because he laughed and said he was serious.

And he was!

Here’s Shane’s video demo on how to use a C-Stand.

A very common piece of gear, yet I certainly wouldn’t know the right way to use one just walking on set.

And of course everyone’s seen one who’s been on set and I even wondered if there were maybe a better way to do it. But I quickly learned that they’ve evolved over time to work in the best way possible and Shane and Myles (Shane’s son whom is expertly used in this vid) certainly show us the right way to do things and why they work the way they do.

Only question that wasn’t answered… why do they call it a C-Stand? Anyone?

C-Stand Basics by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Check out Shane's article “C-Stand Basics: The Most Powerful Tool in Your Lighting Arsenal”


Notes from planetMitch

There’s also a ‘trailer’ for this – watch it and then let me laugh…

Teaser for C-Stand Educational Video


This is NOT the way I shoot my videos LOL! I do not have 2 Canon EOS C100s standing by or a crew of 5-8 folks behind the scenes. HA! I wish!

These are some stills from the trailer that show off the crew – I just wanted you to know that I’m learning and trying to be more like Shane (aren’t we all? HA) but I’ve got a long way to go and Shane shooting little things like this show us just how amazing he is with everything he’s sharing!

Thanks Shane! (And crew!)

Teaser for C-Stand Educational Video - YouTube

Teaser for C-Stand Educational Video - YouTube-1

Teaser for C-Stand Educational Video - YouTube-2

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  2. Great instructional. I would have added, at the end, when he placed the light on the C-Stand, that the cord for the light should be run UNDER the base, so that if someone pulls on it, or gets it caught on their foot, the stand would slide, but wouldn’t tip over.

  3. Very nice beginning tutorial.  I agree with Shane, C – stands are the most essential grip light control tools.  The “C” is short for “Century stand.”  A Century stand has “hundreds” of uses.

  4. rsellars thanks – “Century” makes a lot of sense now! I really prefer understanding the “why” behind things and now C-Stand makes more sense. Just like knowing “PL Mount” means “Positive Lock” :)

  5. I had always heard it was because it will take you a century to figure out how to set it up and use it properly.

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