Category Archives: Montage

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.

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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

Tango Contratiempo


Once I heard the musical composition, I fell in love with this fusion tango, and knew I had to produce a video for it. That was 2 years ago! The approach I took was to make it as syncopated in imagery as the composition itself. As I was making slow progress towards the middle of the project, a new project popped up and I had to put this on ice for a while.

Once I returned to it, I had lost my train of thought and the pace I wanted to maintain. Restarting to tune in and reconnecting with the inspiration did not go smoothly. Hopefully the start-stop-start nature doesn’t show in the final product. Enjoy the show!

Contratiempo – [translation] In music It can be written with silences (in this case as a syncopation written with silences). If the instrument running pace no longer produces sounds. Syncopation in music is the compositional strategy to break the regularity of the rhythm, through the accentuation of a note on a weak spot or a semi-strong compás.
[Spanish] Puede ser escrita con silencios (en este caso se denomina contratiempo). Si el instrumento que ejecuta el ritmo no produce sonidos prolongados, se oirá lo mismo como escrito con notas de síncopa escrita con silencios.
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Music: Montserrat (a modern tango fusion) by Bajofondo (live) in Montevideo,  Uruguay (remixed by Leo Bar)
Some photographs of Bs. As. courtesy of Fotografo Volante @ flickr.com/photos/ruggeroarena/

so LONG miLONGa


A tribute to Alfredo Zitarrosa – (March 10, 1936 – January 17, 1989 in Montevideo, Uruguay) was a Uruguayan singer, composer, poet, writer and journalist. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the popular music of his country and Latin America in general. For more info see my blog :: or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Zitarrosa
Vintage 1940’s Montevideo film: Prelinger Collection :: Archive.Org – Public Domain
Music:Zitarrosa by Bajofondo – Remix by Leo Bar
Dancers: Gustavo Rosas & Gisela Natoli (live performance)
Graphics, Digital Paintings: Leo Bar

Ignis fortis elegit – Fire chooses the strong


How gems and minerals may have been formed. Featuring my collection of minerals and gems together with the collaboration of Cran Cowan – UV lighted minerals @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/28617364@N04/

Music: A different angle -2 by Garry B. @ https://soundcloud.com/garry-b
Special thanks to NOAA for the underwater volcanoes clips.

Here are the steps I took to produce this piece:

  1. Made with CHAOSCOPE software images that resemble the target mineral photograph previously taken (size-color-shape)
  2. Took the image and the target mineral photograph through a morphing program and produced a video rendition of the transformation.
  3. There were several other “attractor/chaos” images made that were morphed among themselves and then re-morphed into the gem/mineral target.
  4. Then gathered all the technical – chemical composition for the making and assembling of the descriptions.
  5. The process was tedious, time consuming and error prone (re-edits),  but because I love my stones and minerals it was a real pleasure seeing how it could have happened 

Enjoy the show,

Leo

South by Southeast


Life and fauna of the Southeast coast of the U.S. Filmed in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina & North Carolina.
After the April Boston Marathon tragedy, we left for a long, slow drive all the way down to Florida to collect our thoughts, heal and rebuild our strength. I still think that animals are nobler than most men…

Enjoy the slow pace,
Leo