I started filming timelapses in 2001 with a high-definition digital
technology (DSLRs) producing a footage none of the commercially available
video packages could handle to allow me to properly realize the editing
I envisioned. In consequence, myself and Sidik Isani ended up developing
over the years a complete video editing suite giving the film its unique
Capturing Mauna Kea at its most spectacular and witnessing unique
astronomical events meant years of patiently waiting for the special
conditions to arise. My work as an astronomer was also slowing building
up a collection of beautiful views of the Universe captured by the CFH
Telescope. During those years I developed another timelapse cinematic
symphony project on the Italian Alps scored with W.A. Mozart's Requiem
and the Dolomites", Silva Screen 2006). In 2007, early
cuts of "Hawaiian Starlight" were shared freely with various
audiences on our island, in particular at the
in our town of Waimea. The enthusiastic reaction from the hundreds of kids
and adults at these well received screenings drove us to produce the DVD.
The film premiered under the stars at the
Maui Film Festival in May 2008 (right) to a crowd of hundreds.
The film received the Experimental Film Audience Award.
As of 2010, the "Hawaiian Starlight" film has gained some visibility and sequences have appeared
in TV shows such as
PBS's NOVA "The Pluto Files",
The Weather Channel's "Island of Adventure, and
Robert Pansard-Besson's "Tour du Monde, Tour du ciel 2".