Monthly Archives: December 2010

In the Beginning


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,
Leo

Seekin’ Shelter


A bit rushed for time… Description on this production with more details may follow.
Essentialy I’m exploring the connections between life, water, shelter, food, pleasure and pain… A large ticket, but worth exploring. Possibly there will be a second installment of this topic, since it was impossible to cover it in 4 minutes or less.
Many techniques are being applied, including chroma key, split screens, special fx’s and color grading.
Enjoy the clip,
Leo

Autumn Backdrop


This is the second installment of an Autumn outing through Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts countryside. We managed to stay out of main roads for most of th trip, hitting small farming communities and less touristy sites. What a wonderful and reinvigorating trip… It’s (my) our favorite season of the year!

I incorporated some of the unusual animals we saw on the way. Also, I made use of multiple screens (split screens) and other light and coloring techniques on this production.

Enjoy the colors and the landscape!
Leo

New York’s People


This is the sixth installment in the “Old” New York series. I tried to concentrate on its people and how they lived, played, interacted and protested. Not much has changed over the years… If one looks at the facial expressions of over 100 years and the ones’ from today, there isn’t much change at all…

The digital imnages were scaled, retouched, recovered & enhanced to make for a pleasurable viewing experience. Many (the majority) of these photos were stored as original glass or antique negatives medium. Later they were digitized and published by The Library of Congress. The stills had been taped, indexed, handwritten strange numbers??, locations, approximate dates and type of event.

From these images, together with some long and painful editing of very old film by the Edison Company I attempted to construct this small vignette.

Because of the sentimental value and pace, I decided to use music by Gidon Kremer, inspired by Astor Piazzolla as an homage. It just seemed to “fit” tight.

I hope you all enjoy this gem from the past,
Leo