Shot from early morning to midday on December 26, 2012
After a major snowstorm over December’s holidays, I got up early on Dec 26, and armed with everything I thought was needed, decided to go do some video shooting around the Blue Hills area. The Sun hadn’t come out yet, and the sky was still laden with storm clouds. It was cold! My plan called for shooting macro and closeups framing the striking looks when snow embraces plants and trees. And so, I did for a while.
As the morning progressed, the sky cleared up and the sun made its shy appearance. The crystals formed on branches and bushes began glistening and sparkling and all trees appeared to be colored with golden hues. The scenery changed totally and my plan changed accordingly. I switched from closeups to long shots, and began panning to capture the beauty of the colors. Whatever eventually showed up in film, wasn’t quite the spectacle that my eyes saw (and my brain remembers). So, here’s my humble rendition of a glorious, cold, beautiful morning after the storm.
Posted in Abstract, Landscape, Montage, Nature, New Video
Tagged Landscapes, Leo Bar, Long shot, Massachusetts, mountains, Nature, New England, new videos, paintings, Photography, Pix In Motion, Snow, storm, Sun, Weather, Winter
As we enter Autumn here in the Northern hemisphere a new waft is in the air. The nights are cooler, the mornings crisp and foggy, and the days are refreshing. Yet, my creativity and imagination is on hold. I had started a video project dealing with robots, automation, no people involved and it’s stuck at 75%.
Since I like what I do with imagery and music and try to do some each day I decided after a few days of mental blockage to start a new project dealing with kids, child labor, child exploitation and poverty in the 1920′s. After gathering images, research, reading and cranking out a general layout — POOF! mental paralysis.
So I started a third one (Don’t give up, never!) And this one was more cheerful, full of energy and creative juices – - – about tap dancing and some great tappers. As I began making progress on this one, I took some time off, to smell the roses I saw from my window (just blooming and coming out in our garden) So I began filming and photographing them (Is this a fourth project?)
Please, help! No more false starts… Just allow me to begin, toil and finish at least one of them, PLEASE!! As you can tell, a force greater than myself has taken over pumping and filling me with new ideas, but not allowing me to proceed to completion. “Got another for you, check this, this and that! What you think? Cool? Isn’t it? And so on…
A break is needed. And so I’ll relax today and try to cook some Thai food (look up some spicy recipes, veggies and seafood!) That’s the ticket!
Bye for now…
Posted in Abstract, Food, project, Update
Tagged Equinox, Fall Season, Leo Bar, Nature, Northern Hemisphere, Photography, Pix In Motion, Update
In this video I attempted to resurrect memories from last Summer. The story goes that more than a memory it represents fragments of a dream as remembered once I was fully awake. As with all dreams, some parts are clearer than others, and some segments are practically forgotten, while other are recurring.
Say what you want, but this was my dream, and I intend to keep it that way
This video is using a transparent texture to represent the fuzzy and flawed dream/memory sequence.
All other credits are:
Music: Where sky meets sea – Kendra Springer :: jamendo.com/en/track/674460/where-sky-meets-sea :: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Texture used for mask :: flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/ :: flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/6687475371/in/set-72157625757841742 :: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Enjoy the journey – Z z z z z z
Posted in Abstract, art, Fantasy, Montage, Music Video, Nature, New Video, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged Aerial, animation, Fantasy, HDR, Leo Bar, Music Video, Nature, paintings, Photography, Pix In Motion, Video
While reviewing some classic art and paintings I ran into a scene of David and Goliath (or Goliath’s head in David’s grasp). From that powerful image an idea began circling in my head about doing something related to “old masters”, illusions (as I’d done in the past) and some image prestidigitation.
What followed was a search for as many beheading scenes as I could find that would somehow lend themselves to manipulation (based on backgrounds, colors, size). From then on it was trial-error-trial-eureka!
In this small production I have used just about all techniques available (and a lot of new ones learned) of the NLE (Non-linear editor) Vegas Pro that I usually work with. Among other effects, I have used masks, both positive and negative, Vignetting, cookie cutter, 3D camera moves, multi-track layering, transparencies and some others I have by forgotten…
Paintings used are by: Artemisia Gentileschi; Francesco Barberini; Bartolomeo Bettera; Anthonie Palamedesz; MIchelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Pieter Claesz; Peter Paul Reubens; Jan Miense Molenaer (not in the shown order)
Music: Sparrow – Adam Hurst (remix by Leo Bar) You may learn more about this musician ::
Enjoy the slicing,
Posted in Abstract, art, Fantasy, Montage, paintings
Tagged animation, art, beheadings, Fantasy, Leo Bar, Music, new videos, oil paintings, old masters, paintings, Pix In Motion
A while ago, as mother winter was raging a non ending snowstorm on us, I decided to produce a video based on warm images I find around my home. Since we have lots of plants, art, paintings and decorative silk flowers I selected a theme to do with faux flowers. Especially, since the weather was so disgusting and cold, flowers would create the right atmosphere and warmth lacking that day.
As I was putting my thoughts together, I decided to have a mix of reality and illusion. So I filmed and edited examples of real and faux and contrasted them. It was a good experiment, and it kept my mind away from the inclement weather, sub-zero temperatures, and snowdrifts of 6 to 8 feet in front of my home.
I hope you enjoy this short adventure,
Elements Used in this Production:
- Music: Hint of dawn (remixed) by Kendra Springer at HTTP://www.jamendo.com/en/track/674457
- Hummingbirds Video: Don DesJardin at Vimeo.com
- Paintings: Martin Johnson Heade 1819 – 1904
- Digital Art, HDR photography, Animations, Concept & Montage: Leo Bar
Posted in Abstract, art, Montage, Nature, paintings, Photomontage
Tagged animation, antique photographs, HDR, Leo Bar, Music, Nature, Photography, Pix In Motion, Silk Flowers, Video
About three months ago and by sheer coincidence, I stumbled into a web site with paintings by Yoram Raanan. I was searching for the translation of a certain word “raanan”. Needless to say I got so distracted by his paintings, that I must have looked at all his works over a period of 2 hours. What stood out in my my mind, days later, was a sequence of paintings of the bible’s account in Genesis of the creation’s in seven days.
After giving it some thought I decided to contact Yoram and ask permission to use these paintings in a piece I had in mind. While being generous and open minded, Yoram was curious as to how I found out about him and his works… So without too much elaboration I told him of the coincidental stumble.
As I started to work on this production (over 2 months ago) it became evident that I would use art work, digital art, and abstract paintings to represent the creation, and the spirit of the story, as told in the book.
I must have changed directions more than six times while putting this together, since I wanted to express only the spirituality of the event. However, in the end, I was satisfied with what came out. Most of us may have heard and or read about it during childhood and through adulthood, and we carry images in our mind of what may have been like to be there. These colorful paintings resonated in my memory as the closest that I had ever envisioned on my own since childhood.
I incorporated some new special Fx and techniques of color grading, transitioning and illumination. Also, split screens and simultaneous multiple video tracks coupled with animation were used as well.
The elements used in this work include:Paintings: Yoram Raanan; Marc Chagall; Raden Saleh -(1807 – 1880)
Woodcuts: Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
Digital Art & Photography: Leo Bar
Enjoy the voyage,
Posted in Abstract, art, History, paintings, Photomontage
Tagged animation, art, bible, creation, Fantasy, HDR, Leo Bar, paintings, Photography, Pix In Motion
>Caution :: Nudity<
This video was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poem called “Me peina el viento los cabellos” (see first verse translated below)
I was thinking that the poem was written as if a woman is talking about herself, her dreams, past memories, etc… After thinking about it for a while, I could visualize certain images popping in my head. This production came together swiftly. I did use some creative effects and techniques in a more sophisticated manner than in the past. HDR photographs for B&W and color were also used.
I also decided to play with colors and their absence, since I’ve heard from friends and acquaintances that some people dream in color, others in black and white… Some people have lots of dreams and others don’t dream or remember dreaming at all.
Music Los sueños by Astor Piazzolla
The wind combs my tresses
with a motherly touch
I open memory´s door
and my thoughts go away…
Me peina el viento los cabellos
como una mano maternal;
abro la puerta del recuerdo
y el pensamiento se me va…
Son otras voces las que llevo,
es de otros labios mi cantar;
hasta mi gruta de recuerdos
tiene una extraña claridad!
Frutos de tierras extranjeras,
olas azules de otro mar;
amores de otros hombres, penas
que no me atrevo a recordar.
Y el viento, el viento que me peina
como una mano maternal!
Mi verdad se pierde en la noche:
no tengo noche ni verdad!
Tendido en medio del camino
deben pisarme para andar.
Pasan por mí sus corazones
ebrios de vino y de soñar.
Yo soy un puente inmóvil entre
tu corazòn y la eternidad.
- Pablo Neruda -
Posted in Abstract, art, Montage
Tagged animation, art, Fantasy, HDR, Leo Bar, Music, Photography, Pix In Motion, spanish, Video