Dustin Kukuk is a director and cinematographer born and raised in Oklahoma who specializes in advanced motion-controlled time-lapse photography. His first introduction into this technique came while studying photography technology at Oklahoma State University in 2007. He became obsessed with filming his own time-lapse sequences for college projects, which led to an internship with award-winning time-lapse photographer, Tom Lowe, on his first IMAX style project, "TimeScapes." After his internship, Dustin was hired on 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 time-lapse 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 3 years, Dustin was a crucial part of the main time-lapse 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 time-lapse systems invented specifically for this project. The groundbreaking gear includes a one-of-a-kind Technocrane built for multi-day, telescoping time-lapse shots and a rover developed my Kessler Crane similar to the one on Mars, for long distance tracking time-lapse shots. The film is set to release in the summer of 2018.
Dustin currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he has spent the last year translating his love for time-lapse over to the world of virtual reality (VR). In 2017, Dustin served as the director of photography on multiple VR time-lapse 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 time-lapse expertise on a few new international projects that he will be announcing soon.