Made by Lysippos (Lysippos Epoesen): the story and the art of Alexander the Great's legendary sculptor

Lysippos from Sikyon of Corinth, Greece, lived in the 4th century BC. He chose Bronze as his medium. His works, however, have reached us in copies from Marble. Destined to become Alexander the Great’s exclusive portraitist, he changed forever the art of his time by capturing the instantaneous moment of action introducing ingenious dramatic and aesthetic innovations. His style - characterizing the art of the new Hellenistic era - became the ideal model for sculpture inspiring subsequent artists throughout Europe. In the film, the Spirit of Bronze and the Spirit of Marble guide us on a journey through time researching the story of the mythical sculptor. [Note: the film was digitally updated with English Subtitles in November 2015].

  • Nicholas Franghias
    Director
  • Nicholas Franghias
    Writer
  • Fay Katsari
    Producer
  • KINO Film & TV Productions S.A.
    Co-Producers
  • AVD Giannikos Post Production Studios
    Co-Producers
  • Professor Paolo Moreno
    Original Texts
  • Professor Paolo Moreno
    Key Cast
  • Kosmas Develengas as the Spirit of Bronze
    Key Cast
  • Alexis Stavrakis as the Spirit of Marble
    Key Cast
  • Anastasios C. Katsaris
    Film Score
  • Tassos Bitsakakis
    Editor
  • Nicholas Franghias
    Art-Director
  • Christos Voudouris & Katerina Maragoudaki
    Cinematographers
  • Panagiotis Karageorgis
    Grafics
  • Adam Slutsky
    2015 USA Periscope Post & Audio Services
  • Michael Thomas James
    2015 USA Periscope Post & Audio Services
  • Alex Gaudieri
    2015 USA Periscope Post & Audio Services
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Art/Culture, History, Archaeology, Alexander the Great
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 1996
  • Production Budget:
    200,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece, Italy
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm & Beta SP
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • AGON, International Festival of Archaeological Films 1996
    Athens
    Greece
    May 31, 1996
    European Premiere
    Best Script
  • ARCHEOFILMFEST, Rassegna Internazionale Del Film Archeologico 1996
    Forli
    Italy
    September 12, 1996
    Italian Premiere
    Audience Award
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (11 screenings)
    Washington DC
    United States
    January 7, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Nicholas Franghias
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Nicholas Franghias

Nicholas (Niko) Franghias is an award-winning filmmaker (writer-director-producer) who has studied in Britain (Croydon College, School of Art & Design). After a stint with the BBC, he worked (1989-2006) in advertising in Athens, Greece, as an agency producer, visual copywriter and director. A number of his collaborations are winners of the Advertising Creativity Festival in Greece, reaching the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.

In film, he debuted in 1990 as a writer-director with the 30 min 639+1 NIGHTS. He followed in 1996 by writing, designing and directing the feature documentary MADE BY LYSIPPOS on the story and the art of Alexander the Great’s image-maker. Awards: best screenplay in the 1st ‘Agon’ International Film Festival of Archaeological Films in Greece, and the audience award at the 6th International ‘ArcheoFilmFest’ in Italy. The film has been screened all over Europe and is still popular today as a unique visual approach to an archaeological subject. In 2016 it received multiple exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Niko has won major production-development awards from the Greek Film Center (Greece's official State film agency) and the Media Program of the European Union for his three English-speaking narrative features, projects which unraveled as the funding situation in Greece became steadily worse. And so, he started over by moving to the USA.

During the time he spent preparing for his permanent residency and work permit (green card), he co-founded FilmHellenes™ – Greek Film Fest Chicago, a not-for-profit corporation with the mission of identifying, promoting and celebrating Greek filmmaking talent from all over the world. Within Franghias’ 3 years as chairman, the Festival exhibited the works of 65 filmmakers from Greece and the world. FilmHellenes™ also introduced an annual Honorary Award, honoring Academy Award® winning director of Hellenic ancestry Alexander Payne in 2012. The honoree for 2013 was literary icon Harry Mark Petrakis. In November 2013, Niko received his E16 work-permit and permanent residence status. Consequently, he stepped down from the Festival in order to focus on his film-making activities.

Niko resides in Lake Geneva, WI, currently developing his first US narrative feature, a Chicago-based musical.

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Director Statement

The project literally landed on my lap while I was working in advertising, in Greece. Largely based on noted archaeology Professor Paolo Moreno’s phenomenal 40 years of research and knowing what a visually rich territory this was, I welcomed the commission.

However, when I was asked to provide a script and directorial angle within an extremely limited time before we were to fly to Rome, Italy (in order to capture the exhibited bronze and marble statues collected from museums all around the world), I declined. Clearly, there was not sufficient breathing space for a decent research from my side that would allow me to explore a point of view that would make justice in visual terms. I did not want to approach Lysippos with a dry scientific ‘voice-over’ documentary narrative. The producer, thankfully, traveled and recorded the statues (without a directorial pov approach).

Three months later, I was invited to check the rushes and see if I could come up with some kind of a unifying storytelling concept. I accepted the project under the terms that I would be allowed to explore a 'creative angle’ and have one day of additional filming plus extensive CGI work in post, in order to deliver a story that would spark imagination, possibly, towards a wider audience.

Thus, when I re-visited the point that Lysippos forged his works in bronze but only marble copies of these original bronzes survive in our times, I thought, wouldn’t it be fascinating if we could see Lysippos’ story being related by the Spirit of Bronze and the Spirit of Marble through a universe that is no longer there! Producer and financiers became infected by my concept-art, so this is how the film’s 'unusual' metaphysical angle was chosen.