A Sunday night three minute movie


Time for Some Escape – Into Someone Else’s Life

A Master Guitarist Make a 299 Hour Flamenco Guitar in Three Minutes


… by  Jim W. Dean,  VT Editor


The Art of Making

I can’t speak for you folks, but I need a break now and then, even from work that I love.
The pace, the multi-tasking and then the endless hours in front of a computer screen scream for some visual diversion.

Gordon has his 15, excuse me, now 17 cats…which for non cat person is heaven on earth it you want distraction.
But one of my favorites, which I only have to feed occasionally and there are never any veterinarian bills, has always been watching a skilled craftsman or artist actually doing their work.
Just a little tip for you all, rehearsals for events like plays and concerts are often free, and really interesting to experience the behind the scenes process.
I have some of these experiences in my video archives which I plan to be sharing with you. But for a time when I was tired and trying to beat the midnight witching hour I have been saving a special one for you.
Watching people make instruments by hand in the classic way is an affordable time machine. And one night when hunting good Vimeo movies I found this fabulous production of the 299 hours it takes to hand build a flamenco guitar.
You can listen to it – While it is being made

We honor not only the craftsman here, but the videographer and editing involved in pulling something like this together with a great musical score.
And at the end of this creative line comes VT, as we also play a role in seeking out and finding gems to share with you all.
Yes, we know you need a break, too, some escape from some of the intense material that we deal with here. We appreciate you’re hanging in there with us, so the treat is on us.
Part of the VT journey is not being predictable, with some dares and surprises now and then. This is one of those. Enjoy.
As always, our thanks to Vimeo for the unique niche they carved out for themselves hosting high quality video for independent filmmakers when YouTube had not even considered it. We are great fans.
And now it is our honor to present guitar maker, Vassilis Lazarides, and his film crew. This is a work of art, inside another work of art, the film itself.
You will have to watch it twice to see all that is in it, and don’t be shy about using the pause butter to catch all the animation the editor added. This is action packed.
Update: I sent an email out to the film director to let him know we were saluting his work. Here is his reply:

Hello Jim, thanks for posting the article and for informing us. Take care, Dimitris

[vimeo 43005056]– Guitar Maker

Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film. The ‘Art of Making’ series aspires to display and highlight people who go against the spirit of today’s pessimism and desperation. They dare to dream and create with zeal and imagination.
Armed with passion for knowledge and emotion, they attempt to combine the precision of science with the elegance and resourcefulness of art. We thank them wholeheartedly for their contribution.

Directed & VFX – Spiros Rasidakis, Dimitris Ladopoulos Director of photography – Nikos Mexis Editing – Yiannis Kostavaras Sound design – Nikos Tsines Guitarist & composer – Edsart Udo De Haes www.edsartudodehaes.nl Guitar maker – Vassilis Lazarides www.lazaridesguitars.com visit film page at www.deepgreensea.net



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Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022.  He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.