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ABOUT HURLBUT ACADEMY

Inspiring and educating one filmaker at a time

MISSION STATEMENT

Hurlbut Academy is the ultimate online film education that helps you realize your dreams. We provide personalized, immersive film training and global mentoring. Inside the Academy, we show you the best kept secrets from Hollywood film sets to save you time and money. Our engaging curriculum spans every aspect of cinematography from lighting, lensing, blocking, to working with actors, composition, style and theory. Hurlbut Academy transforms your life by accelerating your professional career path.

MEET THE HURLBUT ACADEMY TEAM

Committed to providing the best in online film education

Shane Hurlbut, ASC

CO-FOUNDER

Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C. is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hurlbut was the youngest cinematographer to be nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers for his work on The Rat Pack. He was also nominated by the DVDX Awards in 2003 for his work on 11:14. His most recent work includes a fourth collaboration with director McG for NetFlix’s Rim of The World (2018). When Shane is not working on feature films all over the world, he gives of himself to educate and mentor filmmakers globally at Hurlbut Academy.

Lydia Hurlbut

CO-FOUNDER

Lydia Hurlbut is co-founder and CEO of Hurlbut Visuals, a company dedicated to providing mentoring and exceptional, personalized education to filmmakers around the world. She has been in business partnership with her husband Shane Hurlbut, ASC, since 2009, creating content for the Hurlbut Academy. She has been married to Shane, her soulmate, for 31 years and is a mother to two incredible children, Kyra and Myles. Lydia’s creative mind and unique skill set, enhanced by strong relationships in the film industry, continue to define Hurlbut Visuals as an innovative and trusted source, whose ultimate goal is to improve the lives of the next generation of filmmakers.

Doug Leigh

SVP, Business Development

As Senior Vice President, Business Development, Doug Leigh manages a wide range business matters for Hurlbut Visuals. His responsibilities include overseeing and streamlining the company’s technology partnering agreements; vendor and sponsor relationships; and production arm. Leigh is also an accomplished still photographer and is adding motion work to his portfolio with the advent of the DSLR revolution. Leigh has retired from the practice of law where he handled legal affairs for technology and entertainment clients for more than 16 years.

Ben Richardson

Creative Director

Ben Richardson is our Rock Star of a creative director. He has been a HUGE part of creating The Hurlbut Academy's GOLD standard of educational content. Ben is a Director/Cameraman and has just received critical acclaim on this recent Commercial Fashion spots. Ben has the heart beat of what our members are wanting and love his passion for learning and passing it all onto you.

Dylan Leong

Senior Editor

Dylan Leong is our Senior Editor and a POWERHOUSE of creative educational expression when it comes to cutting the tip of the spear Lessons and Courses on the Hurlbut Academy website. Dylan comes with a fresh angle to education. From selecting the perfect song, the motion graphics that will assist in the story that we are telling with a cutting style that has you wanting more.

Ross Papitto

Junior Editor

Ross Papitto is our Junior Editor, but he brings so much more to The Hurlbut Academy. He is an actor, a sound recordist and a sound editor. Hell, he can COOK too!! Watching him work, him turning my words, mixing in his incredibly cool creative ideas to take our educational content even higher is an absolute JOY.

Chris Haigh

Writer

Chris Haigh is our newest addition to the Hurlbut Academy Brand. He brings a skill set that, truly, I do not know how we lived without. He is an educator, he is a technician and he is writer. Chris has been a breath of fresh air. His new style of writing will turn heads, make you laugh and having you saying AH HA many times.

Anne Gaither

Operations Manager

Anne’s skill set is phenomenal, especially her ability to relate to others. She handles whatever is thrown her way with grace and a very positive attitude. Anne is calm under pressure and has the persistence of a pit bull when necessary to complete a project. She is resourceful and filled with initiative to lead a team of pioneers in uncharted territory. Anne always over-delivers and working with her is so much fun that it never feels like work. Anne’s love of people and knowledge took her career in many exciting directions. The majority of her career was spent in association management in the non-profit sector.

Shelly Lupo

Customer Service Specialist

Shelly was an Executive Assistant to Presidents of Corporations for most of her career. She took pride in ensuring her employer always looked good! Shelly also spent several years as a caregiver to the elderly. Her main motivation was to make the end of their lives happy and filled with love. That passion is what brought Shelly to the Hurlbut Visuals team. Shelly’s love for people has proven to be a great asset to this one of a kind, wonderful family we call the Hurlbut Academy! She offers Four Season Concierge Level Customer Service to our members.

Nicholas Gramenos

Office Manager

Nick Gramenos was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He started his career in reality television production and eventually transitioned to physical film production. He enjoys writing, live game streaming and playing hockey in his free time. His favorite movie is "True Romance."

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