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Inspiration! Roundup of 8 Unique Artisan Profile Videos

Danny Greer
By Danny Greer
By Danny Greer

Be inspired by these beautifully shot documentary profiles of passionate artisanal craftsmanship.

Video Inspiration fo the Week

The following videos celebrate the skilled craftmanship of artisans creating work in an old-world style.  Each of these unique vignettes is a source of inspiration, both in the unusual stories being told and in the way each of the videos was beautifully shot and produced.  Spectacular sound design, editing and cinematography give each video a fresh, impassioned spirit.

Great Wooden Boats
by Philip Bloom –  Beautiful process video shot by cinematography trailblazer, Philip Bloom.  The video was shot with the RED Epic using almost all natural light.  Wonderful slow motion shots as well!


The Distiller
by Made by Hand - This is the first video in a series celebrating the people who create handmade goods.  Follow distiller Brad Estabrooke as he shares his process for creating an artisanal gin.


Shinya Kimura – Motorcycle Engineer
by Henrik Hansen - Dynamically shot and edited, this inspiring account of a Tokyo motorcycle maker stirs up the senses!  Shot on the Canon 5D & 7D.


Guitar Man
by Simon Clark & Alison Farmer - Peter Stevens creates guitars with hand tools in a traditional style.  This voiceover driven profile excels in it’s beautiful simplicity.


Esquivel – Shoes
by David Hubert  - See how a pair of handmade shoes is created in this stunning promo.  Interesting sound design and engaging macro photography (Canon 5D MarkII) make for a terrific concept video.

Birth of a Book
by Glen Milner – Brilliant profile of the making of a book using traditional printing methods.  Lots of gorgeous macro video work showing this unique process.


The Mast Brothers – Chocolatiers
by The Scout  - Get to know Brooklyn’s Mast Brothers and their chocolate business in this fantastic documentary short.  Shot on the Sony EX1 with Indie Dolly and Zacuto camera supports.


The Sword Maker
by Etsy - In Etsy.com’s ongoing series on artisans, they capture one of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths at work.