How to Light Large Day Interiors: Fathers and Daughters

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  2 Minutes of Movie clips to aid in the Instruction, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Topdown Diagrams, Behind-the-Scenes Video, Scene Breakdown   –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Lighting Day Interiors can be difficult in regular environments like a bedroom or a kitchen. What if you have to light larger environments like an office or hall? In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses how he lit a pivotal scene in his feature film, “Fathers & Daughter.” Lighting larger environments carry their own set of logistics and this will give you a firsthand look into preparing yourself for everything that you need.

  • Understanding the fundamentals of lighting day interiors.
  • Understanding the fundamentals of lighting large spaces.
  • The theory behind day interiors and setting the mood with your lighting.
  • Figuring out the best way to approach your scene.
  • Knowing the equipment you’ll need to pull this off.
  • How to get the most out of your location.


<<<Stoyan>>> Big Thanks Shane! So inspiring to see all details on your work and the reasons behind the decisions. Very powerful!!
<<<Ross>>> Great stuff! Going out on a shoot tomorrow and I already feel like it’s going to be better.
<<<Freddy>>> Thanks for all of the details you provided Shane. Pages from a master’s notebook. Like ASC mag on steroids. I learned more from you in a 1/2 an hour than two years in film school with diagrams, gear and mental notes. Awesome.
<<<Schy>>> Shane, I love the detail and the anecdotes. Thank you.
<<<Stephen>>> Shane, thanks for the awesome on set Lesson!
<<<Adrian>>> This is what I always wanted from American Cinematographer. Thank you!
<<<Eric>>> I was anxious to see the on set with Shane series and it did not disappoint! It was great seeing the play book for the first day. The best idea to effectively convey this level of information I have ever seen!
<<<Timothy>>> Great Lesson. Really enjoyed reading it. Perfect amount of detail with accompanying visual reference and links.
<<<Sloan>>> Love it!
<<<Ciprian>>>Awesome lesson! The diagram of how the Gentleman’s Club was lit is fascinating.
<<<Adam>>>This is great!
<<<Leon>>>That’s amazing thanks!
<<<Benton>>>Great share, thanks!
<<<Ahmed>>>Thank you very much for your informative post, actually if someone asked what is cinematography? “On set with Shane day 17 “is the answer. This is the power of Hurlbut Academy, especially if you are planning to show us some video clips from Into the Badlands in 2016. This lesson needs to be read many times.
<<<David>>>Great lesson. I’m happy you are explaining the large set-ups. It’s impossible to find content like this showing lighting design of this scope. This is why I’m invested here. And showing the scout location photos is Gold! It really puts me in the moment and makes me start thinking how I’d approach lighting the space.
<<<Pavel R>>>Have watched this lessons few years ago and returned here to watch it again. I’m so happy that I’m not only living in one time with you on the Earth but can learn from you. Just watched Fathers and Daughters and can only tell that you’re genius. This motion picture is a piece of art. After you explained a vast number of things in your lessons – why, how and what for – I can see this entire movie and every single frame from another perspective. Thank you for your Hurlbut Academy, for keeping it interesting, full of priceless knowledge and affordable for everyone.

Bill Stone 18 days ago

Can you elaborate a bit on what lighting you used in the bathroom? I think I’m seeing two shadows and wondering if you placed something in on the hidden wall to the screen left of the sink/mirror area to bring up his face. If you did, do you remember what it was. Thanks !

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    16 days ago

      @Bill Stone Hi Bill, yes there were two fluorescent practical lights in the bathroom, one over the entrance and one over the sink area, I think this is the double shadow you are seeing. I felt it was natural and went with it

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