Spectacular Star Trails Timelapse

Filmmaker and timelapse photographer extraordinaire Gavin Heffernan of Sunchaser Pictures didn’t employ any special effects to capture the jaw-dropping movement of stars across the night sky in his short film, Star Trails. Instead, he used 25-second exposures and the Earth’s own rotation as he shot on locations in the wilds of Big Bear Lake and Joshua Tree, California. The result: a dizzy digital version of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night.


Shot and edited by: Gavin Heffernan
Music composed and performed by: Adam Jeremy Williams 
Producers: Michael Darrow, Ben Dally, Briana Nadeau, Rachel Payne, John Brookins.
Camera: Canon 5D & 7D, with a 24mm/1.4 lens and a 28mm/1.8
Photography-merging software: StarStaX
Coloring and editing: Final Cut Pro

Upcoming: Star Trails will be part of Devolution: Rebirth, part three of Starchaser’s Devolution trilogy.

A Canadian-born indie filmmaker working in Los Angeles (primarily in the horror genre), Heffernan is also an avid timelapse photographer with a collection of acclaimed projects, including his Joshua Tree Journey series and a number of other popular works of astrophotography and experimentals. His timelapses and other videography can also be found on the festival circuit in his popular Devolution series, a still-incomplete trilogy of shorts examining the cost of mankind's progress. Follow him at: Sunchaser Pictures, Facebook and Twitter.


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