How to Integrate VFX Plates with Live Action: Into The Badlands

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  52 Minutes of Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the-Scene Stills

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Lighting Day Exteriors and setting up for VFX Plates are two fun yet daunting tasks in the filmmaking process. In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes his process on how to get the most out of day exterior light setups and how integrating VFX plates are sometimes added in. This is a firsthand look into the fast-paced work of “Into the Badlands.” 

  • Understanding how to Lighting Day Exteriors.
  • The importance of prepping prior to the shoot day.
  • The tools necessary to get the job done.
  • How to integrate and work around VFX plates.
  • The logistics of working in the VFX world.


<<<Eric C>>> Thank you for sharing your knowledge Shane! On Set With Shane – Into the Badlands Lessons have been some of my favorite. I really enjoyed season 1 of the show and now that your breaking these scenes down it really helps me to understand your thought processes and style in relation to the emotion of the characters. Great information. I can’t wait to see more.
<<<Johnnie W>>> This was insanely informative.
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dislamedia 8 days ago

I have to say as someone who isn’t anywhere near this budget level, that simply understanding your use of 18Ks and the other lighting schematics gives me so much to learn, but also so much inspiration. It’s like learning to paint while from watching Monet! Your idea of how much you can do is so expansive it rubs off on my creative thoughts! Thanks Shane!

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    6 days ago

      @dislamedia Hi dislamedia, That is exactly right. If I am instructing you on how to light a ONE MAN BAND interview, where do you have to go to be inspired. When I was watching Roger Deakins films, I never said to myself, I do not have 18K or I do not have all these fancy things. I said I am going to have those lights and I want to see how he is using them.

andres.arosemena 25 days ago

Hi Shane, great work. How did you guys made the 4 shot plates turn in the same speed and angle as the camera shooting the motorcycle? Did the 4 plate shots were wrapped in a cg sphere and rotated a virtual camera using the tracking markers on the greenscreen?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    24 days ago

      @andres.arosemena andres.arosemena, We used 10mm Still lenses to capture the background plates and then the VFX team came in and seamed all 4 cameras together as one moving shot and this what you see. The plate vehicle was an electric Cart that could go 60mph's and this is what we used from

    • andres.arosemena    24 days ago

      @andres.arosemena Thanks Shane, that's something like I was thinking about. Do you have a link to some kind of tutorial on how to merge 4 different shots as 1 camera like that?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    22 days ago

      @andres.arosemena Hi Andres, No I do not, it was something that our visual effects house did, I was not involved with that process.

    • andres.arosemena    22 days ago

      @andres.arosemena oh ok, thanks for the reply anyway.

RaphKol 22 days ago

Hello. It’s really interesting and I want to learn more about the set but Vimeo seems to stop working every 5 minutes. It’s really annoying. Can’t watch the video till the end.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    21 days ago

      @RaphKol HI RaphKol, Sorry that you are having those issues, to make this educational platform affordable for all of you we have had to stay on vimeo, if we went to another player your cost would go up 20 bucks a month.