They Yellow Trotter’s Flight


Przewalski’s horse (pronounced / sh’e-val-skee.) Known as Equus ferus przewalskii or Dzungarian horse, is a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of central Asia, specifically Mongolia. At one time extinct in the wild, it has been reintroduced to its native habitat in Mongolia at the Khustain Nuruu National Park, Takhin Tal Nature Reserve, and Khomiin Tal.

Most “wild” horses today, such as the American Mustang or the Australian Brumby, are actually feral horses descended from domesticated animals that escaped and adapted to life in the wild. In contrast, Przewalski’s horse has never been domesticated and remains a truly wild animal today.  The Przewalski’s horse is considered the only remaining truly wild horse in the world.

This piece revolves around the return of the wild horse from near extinction to a new world after many years of being away from its natural habitat. The present appears as a dream as it struggles to replace what it knew about this world. And the yellow little horse wants to fly again through the high steppes of Asia, despite the modern world.
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The background music is very particular and native to this area which includes “throat singing” by Huun Huur Tu. Throat singing is a form of vocalization in which the singer manipulates multiple notes at once — the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs through the vocal folds and out of the lips to produce a melody.

Painting a Garden


After much work over months of planting, nursing, weeding and pruning the final stage is filmed. Wishing to preserve the beauty of the surrounding flowers, I filmed and painted them (plus a couple of digital experiments towards the end of the video.)
Showing the following plants: spirea shirobana, smoke tree, fringetree, petunia, Stella de Oro Daylily, Astilbe simplicifolia, colored Coneflowers, various types of roses and others.

Enjoy the show,
Leo

Phi is Phine


Short essay on the Golden Ratio of Phi.

A must use for anybody who wants to frame properly in photography, videography and the visual arts. This concept has been used since 300 BCE by the Greeks and almost all artists, builders, architects are engaged to this rule.

Enjoy the show (and perhaps try to use it)
Leo

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/ ]