Dustin’s palate matured at the height of the independent film movement of the 1990s.
As a teenager, he spent countless hours studying movies. The catalogues of Hitchcock, Scorsese, Coppola, and Woody Allen left an indelible impression.
Nobody knows how many times he’s watched The Graduate, Rushmore, or Terminator 2.
After a few film production courses at Northwestern University, Dustin realized that he’d rather craft the lighting and composition of the frame than guide the actor’s performance. With this awareness, Dustin shifted his focus to cinematography.
Dustin never fully relinquished his desire to direct and refused to graduate film school without authoring some 16mm shorts. He wrote and directed a senior thesis film in 2004 entitled, My Better Half. Over the years since graduating, Dustin has pursued various directing gigs to keep his filmmaking skills ultrasharp.
In 2013, Dustin’s shot and directed the comedic short The [What’s Up With Your Friend?] Friend, which premiered at the 2014 HollyShorts Film Festival.
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