Tic Tac

by Yaroslav Stavrev

South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Bulgaria


Ever since the ancient times people feel the need to measure the time. In the beginning they used sundials, then water clocks, then hourglasses. In the 17th century, the Dutch astronomer, physicist and mathematician Christian Huygens invented a mechanical pendulum clock. Later, the pendulum was replaced by a mainspring, which allowed the size of the clocks to be reduced. Throughout all those times, for the watches to be working and for the people to precisely know what time it is, the watchmakers had to step in and do their job. As a result of progress,  nowadays, they are faced with a new problem, which could deprive them from the opportunity to continue with their craft. 

With the advent of quartz, electronic, and now smart watches, the craft of watchmaking is about to disappear, leaving a large portion of watchmakers out of business.

Director's biography

Yaroslav Stavrev was born into a working-class family in 1979, in Kyustendil, Bulgaria. His childhood was happy and carefree. He spent his free time playing with children from the neighborhood. In 1991, his family purchased a VHS video camera with which his father filmed weddings and family celebrations. Yaroslav graduated from a technical school of electrical engineering. Disgusted with the education system, he decided he would not pursue higher education and began working briefly. Yaroslav did his regular military service at the Troops of the Ministry of Transport, surrounded by the lowest class of society. Then continued his work experience with various jobs, and unlike many people, he always did what he enjoyed and worked willingly. He has been actively involved in filming celebrations since 2004. In 2020, Yaroslav Stavrev started studying "Film and television editing" at the South-West University "Neofit Rilski".


Director: Yaroslav Stavrev

Screenplay: Yaroslav Stavrev

Cinematography: Yaroslav Stavrev

Music: Envato Elements - Emotional cinematic


Original title: Тик-так

Running time: 23'

Film type: Documentary

Country: Bulgaria

Completion date: March 2022