What a week!!
We didn’t come home with a trophy, but it was honestly such an honor to just be nominated alongside the incredible talent at the @motorfilmawards in London.
It was great to sit down with some friends and just reflect back on what a journey it’s been to tell a small part of @billlesterracing’s story on screen. I’m immensely proud of what we were able to create, especially given that we pulled it off with such limited resources. The whole project really wouldn’t have been possible without such a passionate crew that cared as much about telling Bill’s story as I did. A very special “thank you” to everyone that was a part of making this dream a reality. I owe a huge debt to every single one of you!
And a huge shout out to @gearseven @shiftdynamics.co and @meptik for believing in the project and providing crucial production support.
But all the credit for the film really must go out to Bill Lester, who overcame incredible adversity to make it as far as he has. His story has been a big inspiration to me and I hope it continues to inspire countless others.
That’s a wrap on Defy the Odds, but I know that @gavin_buckland, @jonnymendez__ and I are already plotting our return to the International Motor Film Awards again soon!!
Had the privilege of being featured on @shots_creative Unsigned’s showcase!
Checkout the link in bio to read about how Defy the Odds was a producer’s nightmare. Luckily, I had @gavin_buckland step in to help, along with the powerhouse team at @gearseven with @ryan_atenhan and @kirkslawek. Somehow, we were able to pull it off!
🏎💨 We’re going to London!!! 🏎💨
Defy the Odds was nominated for Best Drama Short at the 2022 @motorfilmawards!
Known as the Oscars for the motoring world, it’s truly a dream to be a part of the International Motor Film Awards. To even be considered alongside some of these other filmmakers whose work I have admired is an incredible honor.
More than that, I’m just excited that @billlesterracing’s story has been gaining some traction! He’s one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met and had to overcome incredible adversity to make it as far as he has. His perseverance and drive to follow his dream has been an inspiration to me, and I hope his story can continue to inspire countless others.
I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast, crew, and friends that helped to pull this project together. Thank you for going on this journey with me 🙏🏻
Prod Co: @gearseven
Exec Producer: @ryan_atenhan @kirkslawek
Dir of Photography: @quintonbrogan
Art director: @tracieprichard
Set Design & Build: @forthouston @gmorrrris
AC: @jacobcushman @bennetthimself
2nd AC: @quinlanulysses
Key Grip: @film_dope
Grip Specialist: @billygomes79
Precision Driving: @shiftdynamics.co
Camera Car Precision driver: @wilson_precision
Arm Op: @yeahsammyshoots
Sound: @cachoalonso Production Manager: @codyfisherwilliams
Studio Manager: @skylargalayda
Car Rotisserie Fabricator: @coffeyfab
Precision Drivers: @kenthwaits
LED Volume: @arcstudios.tv
LED Volume content: @meptik
LED Volume Technical Director: @jtwylie
VFX Supervisor/Grip Swing: @tucurly4u
Acted and performed by:
Based on Bill Lester’s memoir, “Winning in Reverse”
POST PRODUCTION: Editor: @corrygw
Musical Score: @jonnymendez__
Title Design: @gavin_buckland
Sound Design: Ryan Pribyl
#WinninginReverse #BillLester #BillLesterRacing #SerendipityLit #motorfilmawards2022
Thank you to everyone for showing your love and support for this project!!
Truly couldn’t have done it without my incredibly talented friends and collaborators:
Special thank you to @filmsupply and the judges for recognizing the film!
Such an honor to win the award for Outstanding Commercial Spec last night at the @micheauxfilmfest!
It was an incredible evening, and the team behind the festival worked so hard to put together such a beautiful event. Really felt the love last night!
All the credit for the award has to go to @billlesterracing for persevering in the face of such adversity to make it as far as he has. Thank you for trusting me with a small piece of your story!
And of course, a huge shout out to everyone that helped bring the film to life!
And so many others!!
For your consideration…
I present my submission to the @filmsupply EditFest: Spec Ad category.
NEXUS “The Blade”
*link in bio*
Huge shout out to @gavin_buckland for the GFX and @tucurly4u & @_luke_fritz_ for the VFX!
@rricotta brought the script to life with his incredible VO talent.
Ryan Pribyl brought the literal heat with the sound design, like he always does!
Thankful to have such talented friends 🙏🏼