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FILM SYNOPSIS

ILLUSION OF LIGHTS IS A 4K TIME-LAPSE FILM THAT EXPLORES THE BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT SKY FROM LOCATIONS DEEP WITHIN HIGH ALTITUDE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IN THE SIERRA NEVADA AND LOW DESERT FLOORS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST. USING LONG EXPOSURE, TIME-LAPSE CINEMATOGRAPHY, THIS FILM CAPTURES THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR NIGHT SKIES AND PRISTINE WILDERNESS LANDSCAPES.

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 5 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.



The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans.

— World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness —

OFFICIAL TRAILERS

ABOUT US

In 2012, Brad and Marci left their jobs to begin educating the public about the damaging effects of light pollution. They left the comforts of home to help reconnect people with the simple beauty of the night sky. The couple sold all their possessions to live in a motorhome while traveling throughout the Western United States, teaching photography workshops and gathering footage for “Illusion of Lights.” Brad spent countless nights traversing in the dark, carrying heavy camera equipment, and braving the dark unseen. Each filmed location presented unique challenges when confronted by lightning storms, dangerous winds, and up-close encounters with bears and other wildlife. Many times, after spending days hiking to a remote location and with optimistic weather reports, Mother Nature showed up and ruined Brad’s opportunity to get the shot. Persevering through countless attempts and with dedication to their work, Brad and Marci are proud to present you with their first trailer.


BRAD GOLDPAINT

Director/Photographer

BRAD GOLDPAINT

MARCI GOLDPAINT

Manager

MARCI GOLDPAINT

How long have you been filming?

Brad has been actively filming this project for the past 5 years. He began capturing footage in 2012 while working at an architectural firm in Oregon. He had access to beautiful wilderness areas that became the primary motivation for using his talent and educating the public about our disappearing dark skies. Brad and Marci chose to commit themselves full-time to this project and teaching workshops by leaving their jobs and travelling for a full year in a borrowed motorhome. They set out to find inspirational landscapes that would bring to life their passion in an entertaining and visual way.

SPONSORS

We are incredibly grateful to have support from Kessler Crane Inc. & Adobe Inc. Without their support, this film would not be possible.

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What is time-lapse photography?

Time-lapse is a photography technique used to capture multiple images throughout a long period of time and then converting those images into movie format. In this way, the viewer can visually experience in seconds what takes Mother Nature hours to complete. For example, in our film you see 30 images per second (30fps). In addition, many exposure times are 30 seconds long, which means it could take 30 full seconds to create one picture. Therefore, in a 5-second clip of the Milky Way, you are actually witnessing 150 consecutive images. If you do the math, it takes well over an hour of captured footage to produce one 5-second clip. See why this film is taking so long to create?

NEWSLETTER






SOCIAL MEDIA

CONTACT

Do you want to get in touch with us? Are you interested in getting on board with our mission/project? Are you interested in licensing our footage? Send an email to info[at]illusionoflights.com.

PRESS NOTES & IMAGES

For information regarding the film, please download the press notes and images HERE. We encourage you to share our story on your website or social media sites for non-commercial purposes. If you have additional questions, please send an email to info[at]illusionoflights.com.


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