This blog explores tips and techniques of video storytelling using HD video on DSLR cameras as a cinema tool, documentary techniques for video journalism, and shooting CinemaDNG raw. Go to the different page links for more in-depth information. The main blog pages cover notes on projects I’ve been working on.

It is based on my books:

Cinema Raw: Shooting and Color Grading with the Ikonoskop, Digital Bolex, and Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (Focal Press, 2014)


DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video, 2nd edition (Focal Press, 2013)

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Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling (Routledge, 2013).









Kurt Lancaster, PhD, is the author of DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video, Focal Press, 2011 and Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling, Routledge, 2012. He teaches digital filmmaking and multimedia journalism at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication. He earned his PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation on Babylon 5 (published at the University of Texas Press, 2001).


Some of his film projects include the following documentaries:


Occupy Wall Street (2011):

Icarus Refried: A Pro-Creative Process (2011):


Griffith Observatory (2010):


Portland Zen (2010):


Robert Wilson: Everything You Can Think of is True (2009):


Cher Lyn: A healing journey (2010)—official selections of Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles (May 2010); Flagstaff Independent Film Festival, Arizona (August 2010):

Skins Anatomy: the making of a scene, a work on an experimental theater production at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City. Rockey Mountain Theater Conference (Feb. 2009):

Dreams from a Red Planet: the next giant leap for humanity, documentary, 2006—official selections of the Durango Independent Film Festival (2006), Sci Fi London (2006), and the San Diego ComicCon (2006):

Folding Paper Cranes: the poetry of an atomic veteran, Leonard Bird, documentary, 2004—an official selection of the Durango Film Festival (2005) and the Southwest Popular Culture Conference (2006); Installation at several venues in Phoenix for the Hiroshima Poster Exhibit—2008:

Huckleberry August, documentary, 2002—an official selection of the Utah Film and Video Festival (2004)


The Kitchen, short, 2002—official selections of Boston Underground Film Festival (2003), Northampton Independent Film Festival (2003), and the Durango Film Festival (2004)
Formerly, Kurt taught in the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, the Department of Drama at NYU, and at Fort Lewis College.





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    1. Jim:

      DSLR Cinema is available on Amazon, now.

      Video Journalism for the Web will be out by July at the latest.

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