How To Replicate Midday Interior Light: Into The Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  14 Minutes of Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the-Scene Stills, and Equipment Breakdown List and Top Down Lighting Schematics    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  The sun can either be your saving grace or your enemy. It has a mind of its own and you should never rely on Mother Nature to comply with your vision. The best thing to do is to try and make the sun work for you. In this Lesson Shane Hurlbut, ASC breaks down how he combats inconsistent sun levels and utilizes the right tools to create stunning day interior shots. By the end, you’ll understand what you’ll need on the day and how to create a consistent midday look for your interior scenes.

  • How to light while the sun is at its most unflattering angle.
  • Why you shouldn’t rely on the sun, and how to recreate your own.
  • Understanding your location’s sun path and how you can take advantage of that.
  • What lights and grip gear to use to recreate midday sunlight.
  • How to maintain ambience levels without adding too much light.
  • The steps to creating depth with midday lighting and how to not call attention to it.
  • Creating that white, clean lighting you’ll find during this time of day.
  • Tips on communicating with the production team to schedule your day.


<<<David s>>>Good stuff!
<<<Drazen S>>>Great one…enjoyed every second of it. I guess there is no cutting corners when trying to mimic the sun. Go big or go home!
<<<Nick B>>>Really informative!
<<<Kevin S>>>Amazing!
<<<Scott P>>>Extraordinarily helpful. Excellent breakdown, Shane. Another in your “all killer, no filler” teaching style!
<<<Morgan S>>>Love these breakdowns Shane. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge!
<<<Jacob W>>>Great as always!
<<<Jacopo R>>>Amazing!
<<<Antonio A>>>Wow, nice!
<<<Jack B>>>Very powerful and precise lesson. Thanks big time!
<<<Walter R>>>Great stuff as per usual..
<<<Chris M>>>Very Nice!

Bill Stone 28 days ago

Another great couple of scenes, especially the 2nd floor. Questions – Her first med CU @ 1:15, the nice camera spin medium, is everything on her face from your 18K / 9K bounce combo? Similarly her Med CU @ 01:27 – is this only using these, or did you augment / fill with another? At 4:35 you mention your “bounced 18Ks,” but I want to be clear that you used 18Ks direct & M90s for bounce ambience. And – 4:45 wide shot – the windows at the very back of the room, is that natural ambience only? 2ndFL: her first CU @ 08:35, “widow got away” line – is the harder edge on her face only outside ambience, or did you add, and similarly @ 08:35 the great 2 shot of them – the edgy on her and his far side, is this only from your inside 18Ks or did you add? Thanks.

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    27 days ago

      @Bill Stone Hi Bill, That CU of Lydia at the table is a 800 watt Joker Bug light inside a Large Pancake that we controlled on a Menace Arm rigged out over the table. In the wide shot and the med cu of Lydia is all from the Joker light just above frame. The final question when they are up on the 2nd floor, this was all natural light on Lydia coming in from the large windows with the curtains on them. The light on Quinn is from an 18K inside a bedroom, that I diffused the top of and let the hard light play lower on his body.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    27 days ago

      @Bill Stone Hi Bill, Also the light coming into the room was mostly artifical light because of all the trees that blocked most of the ambience. So that is direct 18K's creating the shafts of light and then M90's and M40's bouncing into 12 x 20 and 20 x 20's to push North Light ambience into the room along with the direct 18K's

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ctdonoho 9 days ago

Do have a preference for shooting a series as opposed to a feature? is the workflow drastically different?