Tango Solitario


Experimental assembly and editing of a sensual Tango dance.

Music: Sola – Gotan Project (Live performance) Remix by Leo Bar
Special thanks to Paul – Nano Projections for use of Nano Projections – Smooth yourself from vimeo.com/nanoprojections

Stormy Garden


Among the many scenes you will recognize Lilies, Irises, Hydrangea, Purple Cone-flowers, Lavender Wisteria, Smoke Tree and other specimens of colorful trees. Towards the end, the filming had to be cut short due to impending lightning and heavy rain. All along I was carrying a large (golf) umbrella to protect the cameras and myself of heavy raindrops that were beginning to hit us.

Shots taken around our garden while a storm was fast approaching. Some sequences were hand-held, others taken on the run :-) ♥
The power of mother nature was evident!
Enjoy the show,
Leo

Along came a Tango


When I decided to put together this piece had to deal with 4 different media, in different formats, sizes and codex. So I began to strip audio from the live video recording, remastering it and adding a layer of voice overs. These were created from text to speech,  formatted, changed in pitch  and amplified to produce an echo-like sound in the background.

From then on I edited the video and mixed it with the tango dance (that was performed to a different music and muted) Since the dance was more like a classical ballet, rather than tango I liked the effect that would be created by pairing it to a modern and mournful tango. All that said, added scenery and stills from those years mentioned in the lyrics and the concept became a reality.

Personally, enjoyed the discovery and melding of styles and consider it to be an exceptional piece of history, folklore and nostalgia all wrapped in a beautiful package.

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Ballet-like dance to a modern tango. Superbly interpreted and performed by Gisela Natoli and Gustavo Rosas.
Scenery from Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Music: Gotan Project (live) remix and audio voice-over overlays by Leo Bar.
Enjoy the show,
Leo

 

Opals – Water and Time


You will  see a collection of my little friends together with some cataloged opals from the The Australian National Opal Collection.  Special motion graphics and animated motion sequences were added at the bottom of the screen to represent the passage of time and the leaching of water through the layers of soil which is what forms opals over a long time…

Across the world, precious opal occurs in very few locations because it required a very special series of geological, climate and possibly biological phenomena to coincide for opals to form. These special criteria occurred in what is now the great desert regions of central Australia, which produces around 90% of the world’s precious opal.

Opals are formed from a solution of silicon dioxide and water. As water runs down through the earth, it picks up silica from sandstone, and carries this silica-rich solution through cracks and voids caused by natural faults or decomposing fossils. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind a silica deposit. This cycle repeats over very long periods of time, and eventually opal is formed.
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Music: Tibetan bell & Sounds from Outer Space Uranus V-2 06 – The real Horst (by special permission.) Remix by Leo Bar; The Ancients – Celestial Aeon Project – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
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[sources: nationalopal.com/opals/precious-opal-formation.html - mindat.org/ ]

Pendeen Watch


Pix In Motion by Leo Bar:

Amazing aerial photography

Originally posted on the wagging pole:

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Spring Orchids in the Snow


Filmed between March 21 to early April 2014.

Used many layers and textures to express a sad mood. Where’s springtime? Staring through windows, seeing snow, freezing rain and below freezing nights. No signs of Spring, not even a green blade of grass?

Enjoy this moody show,

Leo

Beauty by Fire


This production shows part of my collection of gems and minerals highlighted by providing specific notations to their chemistry and composition. While organizing the storyboard I wanted to show the beginning of the creation, when minerals are spewed from the center of the Earth. Used some public domain explorations of volcanoes and their caldera.

The piece involved intense manipulation of images, including accented coloration, special lighting, macro photography, animation, motion graphics, and other esoteric effects such as morphing.

The music was key to pace the progress of the presentation. Still some stones left that haven’t seen the light or appeared on the screen :) Perhaps a third chapter on this series may take place in the future.

Enjoy the warmth of the stones,

Leo