The Flying V is without question one of the most iconic instruments in the history of modern rock. Interestingly enough, the guitar did not start out at the fore of the industry. That is where the guitar’s story starts in Metal Rock Films’ recently released rock-umentary Flying V. Released in September, the 70-minute doc tells the guitar’s story from its humble beginnings to its more prominent place today in the rock realm. The story itself makes this presentation worth watching at least once. It will be discussed shortly. The manner in which the documentary is told adds its own share of interest to the overall presentation. It will be addressed a little later. The doc’s editing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary. All things considered, they make Flying V a presentation that fans of the famed guitar will enjoy as much as music lovers in general.
Metal Rock Films’ recently released documentary Flying V is an interesting presentation that music aficionados and fans of the guitar alike will find worth watching at least once. That is proven in part through the story at the center of the documentary. The story in question is that of the famed, uniquely shaped guitar. Audiences learn through the main feature that while the Flying V guitar enjoys superstar status today among rock and hard rock’s elite, that was not always the case. In fact, it started out more popular among blues artists way back in the 1950s, before initially gaining its rock fame overseas. As audiences learn, it would not be until at least the mid 1980s that it would start to rise to fame in the United States. The whole thing ends with the narrator postulating the future of the Flying V guitar. Odds are, the guitar’s future is bright, and it is sure to make plenty of great hits.
The story at the center of Flying V is itself reason enough for audiences to watch it at least once. Adding to the interest is the fashion in which the story is presented. The story is told largely through anecdotes shared by some of the guitarists who made the guitar famous. Among them are musicians, such as James Hetfield (Metallica), KK Downing (Judas Priest), Kerry King (Slayer) and even Michael Schenker (Michael Schenker Group, Michael Schenker Fest, Scorpions, UFO). Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) and Wolf Moffman (Accept) join that group to share their own comments about the guitar. One of the most common sentiments that comes from the collective is how the guitar’s unique shape played a big part in the decision to give the guitar a chance. One member of the group of interviewees even notes that the shape is actually helpful in sitting performance because it forces the guitarist to hold it in the style of classical guitar, which trains guitarists in a much different fashion than that of most “normal” guitars. Other guitarists note how the shape looks for performances on stage and its general functionality in comparison to other guitars. All of the noted anecdotes noted here and throughout the documentary are paired with occasional narration to advance the historical story of the Flying V even more. The whole makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment. Together with the story itself, the two elements give audiences even more reason to watch the program if even jut once. They are collectively just one more part of what makes Flying V worth the watch. The doc’s editing rounds out its most important aspects.
The editing used in Flying V is important in its own right because it is this aspect that brings everything full circle. The interviews, the photos, the music; all of it is brought together through the editing. It can be said here that the work put in with this element paid off. The transitions between the interviews are seamless, and the use of the performance footage and photos within the interviews adds its own accent to the presentation. The timing of that noted secondary content along with the interviews is handled very well throughout the program, ensuring even more, viewers’ engagement and entertainment. The transitions between the interviews and narration segments are just as smooth as those between the interviews, and even between the interviews and their companion content. The resultant effect of the solid editing is that the 70-minute program progresses without ever leaving viewers feeling left behind or lost with the story. That effect, paired with the engagement that the story and the way in which it is delivered, makes the program in whole a documentary that while maybe independent, is still a presentation that music lovers and fans of the Flying V will equally enjoy.
Flying V, the recently released profile of the famed guitar by the same name, is an intriguing presentation. It documents the famed guitar’s rise to fame within the rock and metal communities from its humble roots way back in the 1950s. The manner in which the story is told is certain to entertain and engage viewers in its own right. Much the same can be said of the documentary’s editing. The editing brings everything together seamlessly within the bigger picture of the documentary. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary. All things considered, the documentary is a presentation that audiences will agree is worth watching at least once. Flying V is available now.
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