HMI Lights: Check In

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON: 13 Minutes of Instructional Video, Written Breakdown    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  HMI Lighting is the bread and butter for lighting a scene. On every project you will find Arri HMI’s or some variation of it. Whether they are fresnel-based or open-face HMI’s, these lights have been put to work for decades now. In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you through these lights and what to lookout for when prepping them for production. These lights can be tricky on the day and the last thing you want to do is go in blind. This lesson will leave you with the confidence necessary to direct your electric crew in the right direction.

  • What are HMI lights and how do they work.
  • The proper protocol when prepping and organizing HMI lighting equipment.
  • What to lookout for when prepping the equipment.
  • The different in the HMI heads.
  • Tips and Tricks to make sure you have everything for the day.
  • Understanding the lighting control that comes in the kit.
  • How to communicate with your team on how to dial in the HMI’s for the day.


<<<Johnathan N>>> New member here. I just wanted to say how helpful everything has been thus far. I am already starting to implement things I’ve learned from the Hurlbut Academy in projects I’m apart of.
<<<James G>>> I absolutely loved this Lesson! The videos were so helpful and I loved that you covered tungsten lights and your opinion of why you still use them.
<<<Morgan S>>> I’ve always hated saturated blue moonlight but didn’t know how to achieve the grey/silver. You’re use of tungsten at night is one of the greatest aha moments in lighting for me. The first time you discussed it on the Hurlblog and showed it’s grey/silver color I fell in love. Thank you for the fort you and the team put into these trainings.
<<< Ahmed>>>Very wonderful article.
<<<Carnell>>>This helps me out so much! It’s getting me ready for the hands on experience!
<<<Melody>>> This is kind of the “Everything you wanted to know about lights *but were afraid to look like a dumbass” article.
<<<Jonthan G>>>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!
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