Our Visual Team


Lydia and Shane Hurlbut, Founders of Hurlbut Visuals, AMBITION Film Equipment Sponsor

Hurlbut Visuals was created by Lydia and Shane Hurlbut, ASC to educate and inspire one filmmaker at a time. It began as a way for Shane to share his many years of experience as a filmmaker, his pioneering spirit with new cutting-edge technologies and practical product knowledge on both commercial and feature films. Through the creation of original content, Shane and the Elite Team test new products and experiment with innovative techniques, which they share with the Hurlbut Visuals readership in blog entries in a way that is both engaging and informative.  The goal is to ignite the passion, creative ideas and dreams of the bloggers with more efficient, environmentally and economically responsible technology.

From the first blog entry in 2009, Shane, Lydia and the Elite Team began a dialogue with their audience that continues to this day. Initially through emails and then through blog comments, the conversation has expanded to include people from as far away as Iceland and spanning to Europe, Central America and South Africa.  The Hurlbut Visuals audience is made up of a myriad of people from around the globe who have a thirst for knowledge and information related to filmmaking.  For those where film school is not available, Hurlbut Visuals has become the go to resource with the latest technology and proven techniques flowing freely to all who seek it.

Hurlbut Visuals has a new, boutique production arm that currently generates short and documentary style pieces. We have successfully funded and produced the critically acclaimed short “The Last 3 Minutes” for Canon, USA.  It was selected by two Academy Award consideration festivals: LA Short Fest and St. Louis International Film Festival.  It won the Golden Ticket (Best-in-the-fest) award in the SoCal Film Festival. Po Chan was nominated for Best Director in the SoCal Film Festival. The Vimeo Festival nominated it for Best Short Film. Officially selected screenings were done at the Vimeo Festival, Ojai Film Festival and Emmentaler Filmtage in Switzerland.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC has the innate gifts of trailblazing and pioneering. As a result, we have created a time efficient system for HDLSR cameras based on the design and ease of shooting with the ultimate capture medium: film. The Master Cinema Series is a method for rigging that is intuitive for both cinematographers and independent filmmakers to help deliver a project on time and on budget.

The HurlBlog is the educational focus where Shane Hurlbut, ASC and guest bloggers share their practical knowledge and personally answer every question. The B&H Educational Series for Cinema is where Shane Hurlbut goes into specifics about shooting with HDSLRs. The Hurlblog Interview Series gives a personal glimpse into the companies whose gear we trust. Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp is a high-end master class (link it here) offered annually giving both small group instruction and practical shooting experience using a vast amount of gear. Upon completion of the course, there is certification by Shane Hurlbut, ASC.  In the boutique HDSLR Cinema Rental Division hands-on learning happens everyday with gear checkout and rig building.

James Kicklighter, Film writer/director, AMBITION Documentary Film Advisor & Mentor

James Kicklighter is a multi-award winning writer/director whose work has been recognized by leading film publications around the world, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India and FilmInk Australia. Most recently, his film Desires of the Heart was an official selection of the 2014 Cannes Marché du Film and winner of Best Foreign Film at the 2013 Los Angeles Femme Film Festival.  He is currently developing several films with a southern voice, including Erk, a biopic about legendary college football coach Erk Russell for producers Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en) and Beau Turpin (Counterpunch) and Escaping Bellview, a coming-of-age film about the transition from childhood to adolescence.

Outside of entertainment production, Kicklighter produced the current ad campaign for the National Student Leadership Conference, profiling the most influential leaders in America, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee, Director of Operations for the U.S. Peace Corps, amongst others. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater, where he was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni” for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

Michael Rogers, Filmmaker, Director, Producer, AMBITION Videographer

Born into the Los Angeles entertainment industry’s fertile cauldron, Michael consistently brings fresh execution to often complex concepts. A University Of California, Santa Cruz graduate, Michael synergized his childhood passions of making guerilla-style Super-8 short films while transcending into the poetry of musical artists and literary romantics.

Michael’s career in entertainment has spanned film music supervision, production and casting. Michael is presently producing several reality series, including inspiring fitness/wellness pioneer Papa Joe Aviance and STREET OUTLAWS, on classic car restoration artists who challenge other restorers to speed contests throughout the U.S.