As part of our Production issue, Iker Gil selects a series of short films that document the processes and outcomes generated by individuals and small businesses. The selection highlights several fields of production with an overarching theme of attention to craft and quality. Some of the films are part of a larger series so make sure to check the complete sets. Enjoy!
No 4 The Cigar Shop // Made by Hand
In 1974, Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started a small shop in New York City selling hand rolled cigars. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, carries on the tradition. The shop combines craftsmanship with community, mixing equal parts work and play.
The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca // Deep Green Sea
Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film.
The Motomethod Story // Zenga Bros
Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver, BC is a full repair shop, for nearly all makes and models of motorcycles, old or new. Motomethod is the first in the industry to allow the rider to come in and ‘rent a bay’ and repair their own bike, or learn how.
Shinya Kimura @ Chabott Engineering // Henrik Hansen
A short film about custom motorcycle engineer Shinya Kimura.
Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker // Etsy
As one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword.
Rekiem skateboard how to make a board // Jeremy Hugues
Rekiem skateboards is the only custom handbuilt skateboards manufacture in France.
A Factory in Brooklyn // Style Ledger
Style Ledger takes a look at American manufacturing, with a focus on the Martin Greenfield factory in Brooklyn.
New works from Seb Lester // Seb Lester
A short film about the work of type designer, illustrator and artist Sebastian Lester.
Nick Sambrato, Printmaker // Grain & Gram
Short film about printmaker Nick Sambrato.
Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film // Danny Cooke
A short film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.
Realtree | The Making of a Tradition // MAMMOTH
For their 25th year anniversary, we created a branding piece for Realtree, documenting the old process, used by Hammerpress, to print their limited edition posters.
Espresso, Intelligentsia // The D4D
Short film about Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea.
The Mast Brothers // The Scout
The Mast Brothers share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft. They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.
Be Your Own Souvenir! // blablabLAB
The user becomes the producer as well as the consumer through a system that invites him/her to perform as a human statue, with a free personal souvenir as a reward: a small figure of him/herself printed three-dimensionally from a volumetric reconstruction of the person generated by the use of three structured light scanners (kinect).
Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio. In addition, he is a faculty member at the College of Architecture at IIT. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.
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