YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ - That Which Awaits the Dawn

Film makers Gavin Heffernan & Harun Mehmedinović have given permission to MusicWiz.club members to practice film scoring with the astoundingly beautiful film YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ.  You should turn the sound down to imagine your own newly written score.

“It’s almost summer and summer is the time of stars. With just a little effort we can get ourselves out to a park or a field or any place where streetlights are blocked and the stars can make their appearance. But more important than just stars is the Milky Way — the diffuse band of light that defines the disk of stars our sun is embedded within. If you can get far enough out into the country, the Milky Way can be seen in all its glory. Get yourself into a slower head space and spend a good hour watching the Milky Way slowly pivot across the sky; it is something far more than just entertainment.

In that spirit I give you this time-lapse work of sky art by photographer Gavin Heffernan & Harun Mehmedinović. YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ is Navajo for Milky Way or “That Which Awaits the Dawn.” There are remarkable views here of the cloud crossing skies over the American west, the Milky Way and the bowl of stars spinning around the North Star. Combining a documentarian’s eye and the poet’s interpretive sensibilities, YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ’s four minutes will hopefully serve as inspiration to get you (and me) out under the stars this summer.”

— from “Look Up In The Sky And Live Big” by Adam Frank
May 20, 2014

Gavin Hefferrnan and Harun Mehmedinovic

Gavin Heffernan is an Independent filmmaker and graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing program. He has written and directed two feature films, created dozens of successful shorts that played fests like SXSW and FESTIVAL NOUVEAU CINEMA, and shot commercials / branded entertainment for major clients like SONY, IGN, and FOX. Gavin recently co-wrote Bryan Singer’s upcoming horror feature film THE TAKING (2014). His experimental timelapse projects have had great success of late, with features in numerous publications and broadcasts worldwide, including National Geographic, Huffington Post, CBS News, WIRED, Yahoo Japan, The Los Angeles Times, FOX News, Discovery Channel, and more.

Harun Mehmedinovic is an Bosnian American director, screenwriter, photographer, professor and author. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and American Film Institute. His film “In the Name of the Son” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to win over thirty international awards including Shanghai Film Festival. Harun is a photography contributor to Vogue Italia and has spoken at TED about his photography work. Harun wrote his first book, “Seance,” in 2013, with a foreword by Aleksandar Hemon. He teaches photography and film at Northern Arizona University.

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