Wonderful Interview with Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut! MUST WATCH – really, I mean it ;)

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It seems to be Hurlbut month! HA!

I recently shared a podcast done with Lydia Hurlbut and here comes FroKnowsPhoto with a wonderful interview with Shane Hurlbut!

There are so many great nuggets in this interview – especially discussion about how some of his movies are shot (see all the “Act of Valor” videos I've included below!!!) and how he works with his team. Nuggets also about the future of the film industry and advice about getting started in the business. Of course there's more too!

I first met Shane and Lydia back in 2010 at a conference where Shane was the keynote speaker and I was from that moment totally captured by both of them! They truly are gifts to the community!

And Shane's personality comes thru in this interview… he's a true story teller. You can ask a question and then just sit back and enjoy the answer.

Related: Rob Rusher's Podcast with Lydia Hurlbut

FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk Special Edition: An Interview with Hollywood Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut

Via FroKnowsPhoto:

Welcome to a special interview edition of RAWtalk. Generally our interviews go for 30-40 minutes but this one with visionary cinematographer Shane Hurlbut went for over an hour. It was so good that we kept going and decided to release it as it’s on show.

Shane’s walks us through how he went from not being able to get a job in the industry to becoming the director of photography on some HUGE movies. Here’s a quick list: Need for Speed, Act of Valor, Terminator Salvation, Semi-Pro, We Are Marshall, Drum Line and many more.

Shane doesn’t just make movies, he helps educate the world on how they can make them as well. You can find more information about Shane’s Inner Circle Here and on his blog www.thehurlblog.com/

Read this article at FroKnowsPhoto.

Here’s the movie “Act of Valor” that Shane talked a lot about in the middle of the interview… granted it is on youtube and in only 720 resolution, but if you want to get an idea and then I highly recommend renting it on Blu-Ray if you get a chance (or even a DVD).

Act of Valor 2012 FULL MOVIE (ENGLISH)


Act of Valor is a 2012 American war film[2] directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad. It stars Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sánchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera, and active duty U.S. Navy SEALs and U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen. The film was released by Relativity Media on February 24, 2012.

The film was nominated at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song.

For a higher resolution scene (1440 res) here’s the Mexican shootout:

Act Of Valor Mexican Shootout

Or here’s just the “hot extraction” scene… oh how I wish you could see this on the big screen with great sound! (Tho again, this is even in 480 resolution – YUCK – but you get the idea of the power of the movie)

Act of Valor: SEALs Hot Extraction

Act of Valor is a movie that follows a U.S. Navy SEAL team as they embark on a black operation to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. The movie was originally released in 2012.

(cover photo credit: snap from video)


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