Gavin Heffernan

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Gavin Heffernan
On set at the AFI in Los Angeles (2007)
Born (1980-04-02) April 2, 1980 (age 37)
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation filmmaker, photographer, screenwriter

Gavin Heffernan (born April 2, 1980) is a Canadian filmmaker/screenwriter/photographer.

He co-wrote the psychological horror feature The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)[1] and helped rewrite Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)[2] with writing partner Adam Robitel. In 2017, the duo co-wrote the sci-fi disaster script "Imago", a high budget Chinese co-production to be shot in Hong Kong.[3] Gavin is also known for directing experimental visual works, primarily timelapse,[4] most notably featured in The Rolling Stones' 2015 Zip Code Tour[5] as well as their 2016 Desert Trip shows. Heffernan and frequent photo partner Harun Mehmedinovic also contributed visuals to Pink Floyd's Roger Waters shows at Desert Trip and his 2016 Mexico concerts.

In 2015, Heffernan and Mehmedinovic launched SKYGLOW, a crowdfunded book and Blu Ray project to tackle the rising danger and damage of urban light pollution. The fundraising campaign generated significant publicity[18] and ended on May 9, 2015 as the fourth most successful Kickstarter campaign ever in the Photobooks category.[19] The SKYGLOW book released in April, 2017 at SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM and was created in association with the International Dark Sky Association. An series of short film releases on the subject is continuing through 2018.

An alumnus of McGill University and the American Film Institute. While attending McGill, Gavin wrote, directed, edited, and acted in two student feature films,The Steaks (2000) and Expiration (2004), both filmed primarily in Montreal, Quebec. Though budgeted at a meagre $10,000, Expiration was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Toronto at the 2004 Canadian Filmmakers' Festival, got a 76% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes,[6] and received acclaim from publications Variety,[7] Ain't it Cool News [8] and Film Festival Today.

His unconventional anti-war documentary Grand Wheel (2008) premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and played more than fifty film festivals in twenty countries worldwide. It won Silver Bear at the 37th Festival of Nations in Austria, Best Cinematography at the 2008 Canadian Filmmakers' Festival, and Best Experimental Film at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival.[9] His 2010 collection of experimental shorts about the fall of man titled "Devolution" premiered at the Florida Film Festival and won an Audience Award at the 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival. The sci-fi follow-up "Devolution: Reckoning" premiered at the 2011 Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.

Heffernan's timelapse art has been featured on Virgin America flights, BBC Earth,[10] Bravo's first scripted show Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, The National Park Service's "100 Years" Centennial Video,[11] and many other press and TV outlets, including The New York Times,[12] CNN,[13] TIME Magazine,[14] National Geographic,[15] CBS News,[16], and WIRED,[17] among others. Borrego Springs, California named the 2014 edition of their annual town festival after Heffernan's "Borrego Stardance" astro timelapse and October 25 was subsequently named "Gavin Heffernan Day" in San Diego County[18] by Senator Joel Anderson.

SKYGLOW event at The Annenberg Photo Space in Los Angeles
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  1. ^ Bryan Singer produces microbudget thriller The Taking of Deborah Logan,; accessed April 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Paramount has released the poster for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  3. ^ Cristal Pictures Financing Sci-Fier ‘Imago’ as Chinese Co-Production, VARIETY
  4. ^ Profile; accessed April 2, 2015,
  5. ^ [1] PLSN / The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour.
  6. ^ [2] Expiration / Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ [3] Expiration Variety Review
  8. ^ Expiration review,; accessed April 2, 2015.
  9. ^ [4] IMDB - 2009 Oxford Film Festival Awards
  10. ^ [5] BBC Earth - Spectactular New Desert Timelapse
  11. ^ [6] National Parks 100 Years
  12. ^ [7] New York Times - The Push to Reclaim Starry Skies
  13. ^ [8] CNN - Chasing 'dark skies' to focus on light pollution
  14. ^ [9] TIME - Two Filmmakers Set Out to Capture the Last Mesmerizing Dark Skies
  15. ^ [10] Gorgeous New Dreamlapse From Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa Lakebed
  16. ^ Timelapse video discussion,; accessed April 2, 2015.
  17. ^ [11] WIRED - Time-Lapse Video Shows Spectacular Desert Sky at Night
  18. ^ NBC San Diego Profile,; accessed April 2, 2015.

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