Posts Tagged ‘AMPUTEE’

I know… It’s been a while. I’m still here. Still plugging away at the documentary in my free time. And friends, I’m closer than ever to completing it!

I’ve got a strong 40 minute rough cut, and the response from industry friends who’ve viewed it has been very positive. I’ve been working my way through the mountains of footage, building on that rough cut, and really hashing out story arcs for the remaining characters, including those from a shoot last year that introduced three new characters to the film.

I decided to cut an extended trailer incorporating some of this new footage, and use it to introduce the other characters (albeit just visually for now), as well as finally getting some track footage out there!

I’m more excited than ever to finish this project, and can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you enjoy the trailer (please feel free to share it), and the best is yet to come.

Jay

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JSWORKS_Timeline

Last spring, I experienced a major breakthrough nailing down the story structure for the first act of my documentary, something that had plagued me for the better part of two years.

While the epiphany may have come suddenly, the inspiration for it, lie in a weeks long battle of sorts, on a completely different project.

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Z32 300ZX ROAD RACING WATKINS GLEN ARMCO VG30DETT AMPUTEE

It was July of last year… I was 20 minutes into my first Saturday session at the famed Watkins Glen, and had just went off exiting turn 6 “the laces” and tagged the armco. As I limped off track and back to the pits, a million thoughts raced through my mind.

An elderly track official flagged me down to asses the damage, and after a brief walk around the Z said, “Well, you earned your stripes at the Glen today, take pride in that.” It gave us all a good chuckle, and broke the tension I was feeling after the mishap. Back at the pits, I remember staring at the car thinking, “I thought I’d be more upset than this.” But the truth was, this is what I built the Z for! And like everything else I do in life, I didn’t hold back.

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Z32 300ZX PARTS CAR CRUSHED SCRAP

The white Z finally met its maker this week… in spectacular fashion. I can’t say I was sorry to see it go. After a year of trying to rebuild her, countless dollars, and 15 stitches; walking away from that car was the best decision I ever made.

Hindsight is 20/20 they say, and it’s clear to me now I should have never tried to rebuild it in the first place. I’m also ready to admit that much of the fire to save her stemmed from starting this blog, and having people follow the build so closely. In all honesty, I was afraid if I walked away, would people think I walked because the car was a hopeless basket-case, or would they think I couldn’t get it done because of my “disability.”

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I’ve been sitting on this trailer for almost a year now. Sure, I’ve shown it to some people I trust, and the response was always great, but in my mind, it was never going to be good enough. This is not just the story of this project, but the story of my life.

I’ve written on this blog before about struggles with my hyper critical nature. And suffer from a serious lack of trusting my own judgement. But the time for that is over. I just finished a long stint of edit gigs in NYC, and fresh off the heels of my “This Doesn’t Define You” post, came back to this project with a renewed determination to finish this film. This is the most important thing I have ever done with my life to date. And I’m here to tell you that I won’t just finish it… but smash it out the fucking park.

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Goonies, Astoria, Oregon, Portland

I’ve just come off some of the most memorable months of my life. I finally tracked my Z – a car I spent the last two years (often in strife) rebuilding – at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for ZCON (a personal triumph in and of itself).

Traveled to the west to explore Portland, Oregon. Left the US for the beautiful shores of Ireland (my first ever trip abroad). And even when back in NY – kept the party going with a rowdy group of Australians in town for a friend’s wedding. I’ve seen some amazing sights, and met even more incredible people. For the first time in a long time, I felt alive. I was living life, the way I always dreamed of living it.

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300ZX Z32 TWIN TURBO SWAP 5 SPEED SWAP VG30DETT

Recently my friend Libby – AKA The Hobby Hoarder – asked me if there was a song I often turn to for motivation while working on projects. She was compiling a list for her blog, and wanted input from the people who had helped her along her hobby journey last year (I taught Libby the basics of welding back in November).

It was an interesting question; something I had never really thought about before, but definitely something I did. Each new project tends to bring with it its own group of songs I find myself playing over and over again (usually tied to the music I’m into at the time of said project). I mulled the question over, and settled on “Nightcall” by Kavinsky (featuring Love Foxxx). Then came the hard part, she also asked me to explain why…

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