The show was shot in and around New Orleans, and FotoKem’s (www.fotokem.com) studio there provided dailies services. Illya Laney, FotoKem’s dailies colorist, worked closely with cinematographer Shane Hurlbut to establish a series of LUTs that could be used on-set, and then as a starting point for the dailies color process.
Everything about Into the Badlands feels like a gamble. It’s a martial-arts show set in a post-apocalyptic, almost steampunk future. It features long, complicated fight sequences that incorporate heavy wirework, a la wuxia films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It’s even the first time that network AMC has ordered an original show straight to series without seeing a pilot first. But for the show’s director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, these weren’t risks—they were opportunities.
This is an excellent blog made just for filmmakers by a very well known and respected filmmaker. Shane Hurlbut is a working Hollywood DP and cinematographer, and his blog provides readers a glimpse into a world so many dream of—filming big budget productions.
Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., and AMC have joined forces for the highly-anticipated show Into the Badlands, shot on EPIC DRAGON and WEAPON®. The series is an adaption of the 16th century novel by Wu Cheng’en entitled, “Journey to the West,” and follows a martial artist and his companion as they search for enlightenment in a territory controlled by feudal barons.
Video interview with Shane Hurlbut about Cinematography.