A new type of Vacuum Arc with a Black Body Assembly (VABBA) was studied to produce a directed plasma flux. The arc was contained in a closed cathode-anode assembly which confined and evaporated macroparticles (MPs) while the plasma was extracted through small anode apertures. Arc currents were I=175-250 A and arc time 90 s. The effective cathode voltage Ucef was determined by calorimetrically using a thermocouple probe. The ion current Ii was measured by an electrical probe. It was observed that Ucef increased with time from ∼6.5 V for cold anodes (i.e for a conventional cathodic arc) to a steady state value of ∼11.2-11.7 V when the anode was sufficiently hot and the arc operated in the VABBA mode. Ii decreased with distance from the anode. The expanding Cu plasma flux from a VABBA with a shower-head anode produced thin films on glass substrates with a deposition rate of 3μm/min.