Blocking And Matching Coverage

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  25 Minutes of Instructional Video, Detailed Written Breakdown, Side by Side comparisons for better instruction    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  In every movie, television series, web series, music video, or commercial — blocking is present and is one of the most important aspects of the movie making process. Whether you are moving a person or an inanimate object, breaking down a scene into action, beats, and cues is going to bring life to the screen. It’s important as a cinematographer to be a part of this process and to get the most out of your blocking rehearsals, and with blocking rehearsals comes coverage.  Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through the steps of crafting a scene to life through coverage and blocking. You’ll learn the tricks and tips to make sure you and the director are on the same page so you’ll have the tools to get the coverage you need and to sell the audience on your vision.

  • How to break a scene down into coverage.
  • The importance of picking the right lens for each shot.
  • How composition can change the emotion of a story.
  • Figuring out ways to collaborate with your director during blocking rehearsal.
  • Understanding ways to get the most out of your actors with blocking.
  • How to establish a scene.
  • Creating emotion through different methods of coverage.
  • Different types of coverage when shooting a scene.
  • How to craft the perfect “Over-the-Shoulder” shot.
  • Breaking down the camera’s movement to create flow in your scenes.
  • Understanding when and when not to break the “180° Rule.”
  • Figuring out how to break the “180° Rule” in your favor.
  • The tools and tips for crafting perfect A/B shots.
  • Picking the right tools to shoot the scene.


<<<Thaddeus Setla>>> I just watched the “Blocking and Matching Coverage” video from Shane Hurlbut Asc and I need to share my gratitude to him. I am directing my first major commercial shoot in a few weeks and I realized that as much as I love camera work I will need to function as Director to manage the client and Ad Agency relationship and will have to hire a DP. I learned so much about talking through blocking and lens choice and what lens does what and up to and including changing the scene based on feel… Just wow, I get it now! Thank you Shane for all you do!
<<<Nathaniel O>>> I’m loving the new content as well as the change in format! You’re a wizard Shane! Thanks to you and your team for all of the hard work!
<<<Elisha R>>> Beautiful..this is so beautiful.I remember when I was a stand-in for a movie, one of the camera guys use that tape from my eyes to the camera. Being a photographer I thought he was setting critical focus. Again this is beautiful. Being a member, I look at movies,tv shows and commercials totally different now; I see where there could be improvements and I see where some shots are fantastic. Before coming a member, I didn’t have that “eye” for details. Still though I’ve learned a lot from this blocking and coverage lesson, it’s almost like marching band
<<<Brad W>>> Great Advice! Love seeing how taking the time to block the scene will create the foundation for creativity. Thanks Shane!
<<<Pavel R>>> It’s simply STUNNING LESSON Shane! LOVE IT! Please give us more content of this type. Very deep immersion in cinema science.
<<<Scott A>>>Wow! Amazing information. I really needed this.
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stuartjaymes 3 days ago

Hi Shane – Fantastic course and I really got a lot out of it. One question – In a scene like this, would you normally (i) shoot the wide and have the actors run the entire scene then (ii) come in for the OTS/close up and do it over again? Or would you shoot the wide until they hit their marks, stop and go in for the OTS/close up?