About Syncronos Design

Syncronos Design, Inc. is the creator of original documentary films.

Meet Our Team


Ted Owens is Producer/ Director/Cinematographer at Syncronos Design. A native of Los Angeles, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Ted began his professional career as a designer and director of multi-projector multi-image shows for clients such as Mattel, GTE, Southern California Edison, and Computer Sciences Corporation. During this period he also made a number of industrial and documentary films, and in 1984 he was part of the team that created the first computer-generated IMAX film, The Magic Egg.

Ted was inspired by lifelong interest in environmental issues and the use of solar energy, including  the magic of piloting sailplanes to 10,000 feet without an engine, and sailing boats with just the power of the wind. Syncronos Design was formed in 1988 with the purpose to promote sustainable design and clean energy. Ted designed and built his very energy-efficient home in New Mexico. It has has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles—both for its ecological aspects and its aesthetics.  Syncronos Design has also designed solar ovens for cooking food—a major problem in many parts of the world due to the lack of fuel wood. For fun, Syncronos Design co-created and developed the video game and app, “The Home Gene-Splicing Kit”, which won the NewMedia Awards best entertainment software of year. It was one of the first software programs that seamlessly combined pictures of people and animals to make humorous gene-spliced mutants.

Aaron Barreras is an award winning animator, visual effects artist, filmmaker and educator, and is currently the VFX Supervisor for Syncronos Design. With over 18 years professional experience in computer graphics, animation and digital media, he has worked on numerous independent films, commercials, and interactive projects for companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Six Flags Entertainment Corp, and Sandia National Laboratories. As an educator, he has trained professionals from around the world in CG animation, VFX, digital illustration, design and game asset creation. Aaron believes that animation is a perfect medium because it can span borders, cultures, and styles, and it speaks to the desire for storytelling in all of us.

Anneliese Varaldiev Co-Producer. Anneliese Varaldiev has worked in film and television for more than thirty years, amassing numerous credits in both mainstream and independent cinema. Working in post-production sound, she has credits on more than ten percent of the top-grossing films of all time (I Am Legend, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Insideous, and Mad Max: Fury Road, to name but a few). She has also had a long association with French cinema and television, most notably with lighting, camera, and production positions for the acclaimed series, Cinéma de Notre Temps. In this capacity, she worked on films profiling Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Orson Welles and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. A noted photographer and visual artist, Anneliese’s work is in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Cinémathèque Française, among others. Recent exhibits include participation in Glasstress, an official event of the 55th Venice Biennale, and a solo photography exhibit at Lincoln Center in New York.

We work with artists, designers, animators and filmmakers from around the world.

We promote green technology and we walk the talk. 100% of our electrical power comes from solar panels on our building. This greatly reduces our carbon footprint by using a clean and sustainable energy source. We are also the publisher of the book and DVD video, Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home, which gives step-by-step instruction on building a green, solar powered house. BuildingWithAwareness.com

Syncronos Design is located in Corrales, New Mexico—just on the edge of Albuquerque.