The Shane’s Inner Circle Podcast is hosted by Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Lydia Hurlbut. Shane has been making Hollywood films since the late 90s, and has made his mark in the industry with his ingenuity as a Director of Photography. Lydia Hurlbut is CEO of Hurlbut Visuals, a company designed by filmmakers for filmmakers to assist in mentorship, networking, and filmmaking knowledge. The Hurlbut’s mentor filmmakers of all levels of experience. This podcast focuses on the film industry, lighting techniques, camera tech, blocking, pre-production planning, theory, leadership, the importance of community, and wellness. All centered around helping you have a long prosperous career.
EP 45 – EXECUTING THE SHOT
What I’ve learned over the last 25+ years is to be “flexible” because each shoot is going to be different. I’ve had shoots that are easy and shoots that could not have been more complex. It’s taught me the importance of always being ready and to at least be prepared with the essentials on each shoot. Today, Lydia and I are going to talk about some of the things you’ll need to consider as you get further into your career.
We hope you enjoy!
EP 43 – WORKING FOR IT
Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed with some of the best crews, mentors, and leaders in my day-to-day. Working in the film industry is no easy task, but when you surround yourself by people that want to elevate you, that’s when creation enters the unique stage of growth and evolution. Today, Lydia and I are here to talk about some of the rigors that we’ve faced over the last 30 years. Whether it’s from financial decisions like buying equipment or the next step in my career…. We want to pave the road and shine a light on the other end of the tunnel.
EP 42 – DEVELOPING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE
Being a filmmaker can be demanding creatively, logistically, and personally. Throughout the years, Lydia and I have always tried to stay true to ourselves and our needs. It’s never easy staying on top of projects, our home life, staying in touch with friends and family, keeping up with movies, etc… What keeps us grounded, creative, and passionate is prioritizing the essentials (i.e. family, friends, and our relationship) and acknowledging everything else is supplementary. By doing this, we’ve taken control of our lives, moved onwards and upwards in our careers and somehow managed to stay grounded!
In this podcast, Lydia and I share ways you can push yourself forward with positivity and creativity in the demanding world of filmmaking while maintaining the personal life that you need to fuel your passion.
EP 41 – FOLLOWING YOUR INTUITION
The end of each year is always a time to reflect on what you have accomplished, what has changed, and where you are hopefully going. For Lydia and myself, it’s been a crazy year with another feature in the books, an ever-changing schedule, and the unknown of what lies ahead. While it is never easy, it’s fun and worth the ride to be doing what I love.
In this podcast, Lydia and I want to wrap up the year and spread as much knowledge to help give you a jumpstart in the new year. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Shane and Lydia
EP 40 – TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCT
What’s beautiful about this industry is that everyone has their own unique approach to handling creative situations and business choices. Over the course of my career, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of learning from the greats that have paved the path for us today. Whether it be a cinematographer, director, producer, grip, etc… Everyone carries something you can learn and it’s important to soak in that knowledge.
With this podcast, Lydia and I want to share some pearls of wisdom for on and off set, how I’ve handle certain lighting situations on set and ways Lydia and I have handle our family life outside of the set.
We hope you enjoy our methods and can apply them to your own craft!
EP 39 – THE HOLLYWOOD CHANGE
Women in the film industry make up a big part of our most creative voices and storytellers. We have filmmakers like Jane Campion, Reed Morano, Patty Jenkins, Lynne Ramsay, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichart, Agnes Varda, Andres Arnold, and so many more. Right now, we are seeing the male-run industry flip on its head and more female filmmakers are getting the chance to create and express themselves.
Lydia and I are here to talk about what this means to us and how we are seeing a new style of filmmaking enter the forefronts; characters with a different perspectives, writing with a different heart, and cinema that takes on new meanings.
Enjoy this podcast as we discuss this topical situation, plus much more!
Best Cinematographer Podcast
I’m a director and this podcast has helped me so much to understand more about my Cinematographers and their craft. Each episode is informative and interesting, and Shane has such a great podcast voice!
I recommend this to all the cinematographers I talk with, keep making awesome episodes!
Is there a zero star?
He vanished. Poof. Gone with no explanation. Kinda shady.
I've been following Shane's career for many years now and I absolutely love his contributions to the industry. This podcast is an gold mine of knowledge and I can't thank Shane and Lydia enough for supporting the upcoming filmmakers.