How to Light Day Interiors: Location Scouting

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  15 Minutes of Instructional Video, Topdown Lighting Diagram

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Location Scouting is one of the most important parts of the Filmmaking process.  Think of it as your brick and mortar to defining the world and the characters in their environment.  In this Lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC will  take you through the scout of a home and what Shane is look for when finding a location for a particular scene.   Even though it is a day interior, you have to be aware of the sun, your windows, you ambient light, etc.

  • The Scene
  • The Setup
  • The Shafts of Light and the Ambience
  • Motion and “The Why”
  • Placement of the Dolly and the Lighting in the Entrance
  • Lighting Control
  • Taking a Look Outside
  • Sun Position
  • Moving to the Side of the House


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Sean Christian 5 days ago

Shane, amazing video here as well. Lighting is such an important part of making it all come together.

Jimross 12 days ago

I see I am on a “Sampler” page and I’d love to see the next segment. But there is no link or guidance to continue to the next part of this series. Even if I want to pay for it I can’t locate it. I tried a search but only found Vol II of day interiors. It would help to have a “Continue the lesson?” link to go on. Thanks.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    12 days ago

      @Jimross HI Jim, These are all of our free lessons put into a lesson. Our NON members could not understand how our left rail works. You see free lessons & courses, you click on it and it gives you all of the free lessons and you have access to them. On the sampler just jump out of the lesson and jump into the next one. Do no look at the left rail options while in the course. That is having bugs for some reason my friend. So sorry for the inconvenience.

Peter Bromme 25 days ago

I can’t see the main video, should it be right on the top? Bcs I can only see a preview image there. Tried in Chrome and Firefox

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    25 days ago

      @Peter Bromme Try it now my friend, if you only have the preview video, you need to make sure you are logged in as a member or a user

    • Peter Bromme    25 days ago

      @Peter Bromme thanks, it works now. After watching I had the next problem - the video is finished but the lesson doesn't swith to 'completed'. Is there any way to get to the next lesson?

craig jones 10 days ago

Hi, there’s still a problem with this video it stops at 4:18, i’ve checked my internet speed, it’s 143 Mbs download speed, so i think you still have a problem, thanks

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    10 days ago

      @craig jones Hi Craig, Everything tests out perfectly on all browsers. So I feel it is a Vimeo issue that sometimes happens. Please be patient. Vimeo is absolutely essential in keeping our membership costs down. Thank you for your support and helping us out with finding these issues

    • fwilkerson    9 days ago

      @craig jones Just watched the whole video. I didn't have a problem on this end.

Roberto 29 days ago

Hi, the videos are continually broken down

    • Roberto    29 days ago

      @Roberto Sorry, now is look good thanks a lot

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    18 days ago

      @Roberto Hi Roberto, No they are not, I think we do very well for all of you. Thank you for your patience

alexglustrom 10 days ago

how has nobody noticed this?

ChrisOsbyrne 10 days ago

This video is broken and the sound is all out of sync along with the colour grade being inconsistent. Doesn’t seem like the most reliable place to be getting *payed* filmmaking information…

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    9 days ago

      @ChrisOsbyrne Hi Chris, We have fixed the video, thank you so much for reaching out. So sorry you feel that way my friend. Have a great day!!!

    • Jontomknuff    18 days ago

      @ChrisOsbyrne the video is stil having issues...wont play through for me....tried everything I know of...

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    18 days ago

      @ChrisOsbyrne Hi Jontomknuff, most of the time it is Vimeo, if you would prefer we can move to a much more expensive platform and pass all costs onto you. It would probably be around $100 a month, but I really want you all to not have to deal with this price. So sorry for the inconvience