Illusion of Lights: A Journey Into the Unseen

This film explores the beauty of the night sky from locations deep within high altitude mountains in the Sierra Nevada and low desert floors of the Southwest. Using long exposure, time-lapse cinematography, this film captures the current state of our night skies and pristine wilderness landscapes.


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  • Mount Rainier
  • Arches National Park
  • Eastern Sierra
  • Crater Lake Aurora
  • Arches National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Ambitious Dreams
  • Cascade Range
  • Utah
  • Cascade Range
  • Utah
  • Eastern Sierra
  • Crater Lake
  • Utah
  • Montana

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According to a 2013 Time magazine report, roughly 3.5 billion people live in major cities across the world. Within these crowded, light polluted metropolitan areas, 3 out of 4 people have never experienced a pristine dark sky. As a result, light pollution has caused one-fifth of the world’s population to lose their ability to see the Milky Way.

About the Film

Illusion of Lights introduces you to the concept of movement and time that visually explores our night skies. Beginning with the dazzling chaos of urban light pollution, the film takes you on a magnificent trip across pristine wilderness areas and shares with you the wonders of our night skies. With hundreds of thousands of gorgeous images produced especially for this project, Illusion of Lights gives you scene after scene of unique and detailed views from locations few will ever encounter. Fly over high altitude peaks, soar with the wind, and follow the Milky Way as it dances through the afterhours. From beyond the stars to beneath our feet, each time-lapsed sequence gives the viewer a visual narrative that attempts to communicate what the artist experiences each night in the field; natures expressions of human curiosity and ambition.
Brad Goldpaint spent 3 years of creative exploration crafting visual metaphors which reflect aspects of existence that are often hidden from everyday sight. We interact with these miracles on a daily basis yet we are amazed at the infinite magnitude of our planet. We encourage you to raise your eyes towards the night sky. Explore. Realize you are a part of the illusion and the universe is a part of you.

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Want to learn more about the the film, release date, filming locations, light pollution, behind the scenes shots, or have other questions? Head on over to our About page.

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