BBC Earth & IMAX present: CUBA - Timelapse cinematographer

CUBA tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change. The nation’s vibrant culture meticulously maintained colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit. CUBA will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, & through old Havana. Filmed exclusively for IMAX®, produced by Golden Gate 3D, BBC Earth, & Giant Screen Films.

Einstein's Incredible Universe IMAX - Cinematographer

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse: International Space Station Transit & Totality - Filmed on Phantom Flex 4K with Anthony Augustinack in Crowheart, Wyoming.

Awaken - Timelapse Unit

AWAKEN is a feature documentary film by Tom Lowe exploring humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world. 

Shot over a 5-year period in more than 30 countries, the film pioneers new time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography techniques to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world. Executive produced by Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio, AWAKEN is a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos.

Voyage of Time IMAX - American Southwest Unit

A truly one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, VOYAGE OF TIME transports audiences into a vast yet up close and personal journey that spans the eons from Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world… and beyond. 

A labor of love from one of American cinema's most acclaimed and visually exciting filmmakers, Terrence Malick. This is a cosmic experience; a hymn to the glories of nature, life and scientific discovery in which all the elements join together. 

Visitors - Cinematographer / Infrared Timelapse Photographer

Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane–once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, VISITORS reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. 

TimeScapes - Co-Producer & Cinematographer

TIMESCAPES is the debut non-narrative film by Tom Lowe featuring stunning slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of the American Southwest.

360-VR Timelapse - Director of Photography

VR/360 astro-timelapse shot with the Radiant Images' custom VR camera system AXA using Sony UMC-S3C cameras & fisheye lenses along with intervalometers to capture the night sky, revealing our beautiful Milky Way galaxy. Shot on location in Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada.



Dustin Kukuk is a director of photography born and raised in Oklahoma who specializes in advanced motion-controlled timelapse & astrophotography. His first introduction into this technique came while studying photography technology at Oklahoma State University in 2007. He became obsessed with filming his own timelapse sequences for college projects, which led to an internship with award-winning timelapse photographer, Tom Lowe, on his first IMAX style project, "TimeScapes." After his internship, Dustin was hired as 1st assistant camera operator, spending over 18 months working on the film and eventually becoming co-producer.

Over the next few years, Dustin worked closely with Lowe on other films; From filming timelapse and slow-motion sequences with specially modified infrared cameras on "Visitors" by the pioneer of non-narrative filmmaking, director Godfrey Reggio, to filming multiple natural history sequences for the IMAX film "Voyage of Time" by transcendent director, Terrence Malick. 

In 2012, everything changed when Dustin moved to Dubai to start filming "Awaken", the second feature IMAX documentary by Tom Lowe. For over 5 years, Dustin was a crucial part of the main timelapse unit filming some of the most remote and exotic locations in the world across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North & South America, & Southern Africa while using custom motion-controlled timelapse systems invented specifically for this project.  The groundbreaking gear includes a one-of-a-kind Technocrane built for multi-day, telescoping timelapse shots and a rover developed my Kessler Crane similar to the one on Mars, for long distance tracking timelapse shots. The film premiered in the Winter of 2018 during the opening ceremony of Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) in Tallinn, Estonia.

In 2017, Dustin served as the director of photography on multiple VR timelapse projects that were displayed at the two biggest camera manufacturers' booths', Canon & Sony, at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters annual conference, the biggest camera-centric gathering in the world. He looks forward to pushing the boundaries of VR/AR capture even more in the future using his timelapse expertise on new ground-breaking immersive projects.

In the Summer of 2018 Dustin spent a month traveling all over the island of Cuba filming ultra high resolution 8K-16K motion-control timelapse sequences for an upcoming BBCEarth/IMAX documentary named CUBA set to release in mid 2020. 

In 2019 Dustin spemt multiple weeks in South America shooting motion-controlled timelapse shots for a new social/enviromental documentary currently in production that explores the effects of lithium mining in Chile & Argrentina & how it's impacting the native Andean tribal people's only natural water sournces that's set to release in 2021.

Dustin currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he has been spending the last few years translating his love for timelapse into the world of large-format immersive projection-based installations that will change the way people experience entertainment in ways never before seen. This long-term project is on track to be finished in 2021/2022.


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