How to Create Day Exterior Lighting on a Stage: Into the Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  15 Minutes of  Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the-Scene Stills, Location Plans, Topdown Lighting Diagrams    Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Day exterior set lighting is one of the hardest things you’ll be asked to do as a cinematographer. While you are able to maintain a controlled environment, you also have to perfectly replicate the look and feel of natural sunlight and sky ambiance. Into the Badlands had a large community center to work with. It wasn’t ideal and it wasn’t easy, but they were able to build and light their set and make it look killer.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC will show you how to perfectly re-create completely realistic artificial daytime sunlight and sky ambiance during one of his Into the Badlands day exterior sound stage shoots. You will learn about the quality of daytime exterior light, controlling your ambient light, how to replicate alley light, and how to cheat the direction of your light. Come step on set and see how it’s done so you can apply these techniques to your projects for a realistic feel in your scenes.

  • How to artificially re-create the feel of sun and skylight ambiance inside on a soundstage.
  • What the different components of natural daylight are.
  • How alley light acts in natural environments.
  • How to control ambient light level.
  • How I turned a community center into a soundstage.
  • How to cheat the direction of your lighting and still make it look good.
  • My number one secret for lighting day exteriors inside on a soundstage.
  • How to avoid failing horribly and set yourself up for success instead.


<<<James P>>> Hi Shane, thanks for all of this amazing learning content. I’ve recently started focusing on cinematography and have found your content to be invaluable!
<<<Elisha R>>> Totally amazing.I’ve seen this episode (now streaming on NETFLIX). I never would have thought this was filmed inside a community center. This is the perfect example on how to use lights… I hope the production company gave you a bonus for setting up this scene. lol  Thanks again for Sharing your knowledge.
<<<David M>>> This is awesome Shane.  I know I would be terrified of tackling a lighting situation like this given just how much light you have to get into the space while still keep things motivated and interesting, but breaking it down like alley light makes a ton of sense to me coming from a photographer’s perspective… Thanks so much as always, I am constantly learning so much from your Lessons and from being a part of this community you have created.
<<<Alex L>>> The sequence looks amazing! Thank you, inspiring work.
<<<Jose D>>> Thanks Shane!!!! great work, thank you for teaching us!!!
<<<Twan P>>> Thank you Shane, this Lesson is particularly amazing!
<<<Adam G>>> This rocks!!! Thanks for for sharing!
<<<Oleg K>>>Absolutely great one! Love the explanation for color temperature setting.