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Indistinct Boundaries Movement #2

This animation was created for Indistinct Boundaries, a collaborative dance project with Jane Franklin Dance. The video, animated by Rassamee Ruangsri, was projected onto the dancers as they moved, creating a blurred figure ground relationship. The organisms are animated as if they have thoughts and emotions, even though they appear to be microscopic in scale.

animation: Rassamee Ruangsri | art direction and music: Bryan Leister, runtime: 03 min : 53 sec, ©2009

Indistinct Boundaries Movement #4

This animation was created for Indistinct Boundaries, a collaborative dance project with Jane Franklin Dance. The video was projected onto the dancers as they moved. The meditative sound and visual experience is centered on a pulsing creature inspired by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel. I created the sound using looping oscillations using synthesized sound. The audio for this piece is the central element and it is used as a motivating force for the organism.

animation & music: Bryan Leister, runtime: 04 min : 30 sec, ©2009

Indistinct Boundaries Trailer

This shows excerpts from the entire animation including all 5 movements. The entire piece was more than 22 minutes long.

animation & music: Bryan Leister, runtime: 22 min : 30 sec, ©2009


A full dome project presented in the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The film is an experiment exploring the immersive possibilities of the dome projection environment. What is seen at the top of this dome master frame appears directly behind the audience, while the audience is more or less focused on the lower third of the frame. The perspective of the columns appear vertical to the audience.

Daniel Neafus was instrumental in allowing access to the dome and encouraged the development of this project to coincide with the film GreenIt, created by students in Digital Design at the University of Colorado Denver. The computation needed to generate 4000 pixel square frames was provided by the Digital Design labs at the College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver’s computer labs. The sound was custom created for the 16.4 channel surround sound that is part of the Gates Planetarium. Prof. Leslie Gaston assisted graduate students in producing the sound track for the film.

Directed and animated by Bryan Leister | Sound Design: Jay Schamberg and Andrew White | Sound Effects: Jay Schamberg, Andrew White and Jake Montenegro

Special Thanks to Aaron Thomas and Becky Heavner, runtime: 03 min : 44 sec, ©2009


Rendered with a micro-photography aesthetic this is in reality all computer generated using fluid simulation algorithms. The film quality provides a feeling of scientific truth, as if we were a disinterested observer watching a water drop fall in space, hitting other drops and eventually landing in a pool of water. The sound was created after the animation utilizing random processes and frequency oscillations. The whole effect is meant to provide a meditative motion space for contemplating the path a drop takes as it falls.

animation & music: Bryan Leister, runtime: 03 min : 51 sec, © 2006

skating still

Created for Gina Biver’s musical composition Skating Still that was part of the 2006 International 60X60 project. The movement is driven by each of the three instruments, raising and lowering with one, rotating pitch or heading with the others. The end result is a “drawing” made by the music itself.

Animation: Bryan Leister | musical score, synthesizer & computer processing : Gina Biver | violin: Kris Miller, clarinet: Lisa Kachouee, ©2006


This is a short animation I created using found video footage of Pat Roberson, founder of the Christian Coalition, and host of the 700 club. I did not alter his text, but thought it would be interesting to create a piece that used his voice to animate symbols while he talked about an idea that seemed extreme to me. The film has been exhibited in many film festivals including the Black Maria and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

animation: Bryan Leister, runtime: 01 min : 10 sec, © 2006

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