Posts Tagged ‘DOCUMENTARY’

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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VG30DETT Z32 TT SWAP 300ZX 5 SPEED SWAP

For a while, I almost thought this day would never come… Two years, two cars, countless man hours (and plenty of  dollars & frustration) have gotten me to this point, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. Especially when I put the hammer down for the first time and feel all 450HP under my foot!

I’m 7 straight (10+ hour) days into the swap, and boy am I exhausted. I was trying to get her finished before starting a new edit gig the end of this week, but there just weren’t enough hours in the day. I’d say I’m at about the halfway point, but most of the “hard” work is done. So for now, it’s back to the big city for me – the Z will have to wait till I get some more time off in July. I’m incredibly happy to have gotten to this point though, and figure I’ve got a good solid 7 or so more days in the garage to get it all finished up. Pushing to have it ready for ZCON in Nashua, New Hampshire this August. There’s a track day that Thursday that I’m hoping will be the Z (and my) maiden voyage on the track!

I’ve been taking plenty of pictures, and am grateful that an old friend has spent a few days in the garage filming with me as well. I plan to do full write ups on everything that’s been done to the car, but I just don’t have the time now. I’ve been updating the Facebook page daily though, so if you want a sneak peak into what’s going on, stop by and “like” us over there – facebook.com/jsworks.org

Wanted to drop a quick note here and let you all know that progress is being made. Super stoked right now! A lot more to come.

Stay tuned,

Jay

FCP 7 Final Cut Pro JSWORKS Film Editor Documentary Timeline

Baby steps… that’s what I have to keep telling myself. I tend to get too wrapped up in the minutia of it all. I spend endless amounts of time thinking about potential shoots, sponsors, funding options, and the overall direction of the film. I run through every possible scenario, explore every detail, ad nauseum. It’s enough to make me feel overwhelmed by this project much of the time.

A fellow editor once told me, you never get anywhere editing a film unless you start small and work with what you’ve got (instead of what you wish you had), and I follow that advice to this day when working on clients projects. But truth be told, I have a hard time following that advice with my own project.

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300ZX, Z32, JSWORKS, TRACK BUILD, ROAD RACING, SSR TYPE C

As always, it’s been tough to find the time to update the blog. I really left you with quite a cliffhanger in my last post, so I thought I’d drop this quick teaser shot of the new Z (!) and update where the project stands.

The good news is my stitches are out and I’m healed enough to be back to work professionally (and personally with the build). I’m still not 100% – but every day my arm heals a bit more and I’m almost back to business as usual. The few weeks of mandatory rest were a welcome break from the [self imposed] insanity, and really allowed me to put a lot into perspective. I’d like to say thank you to all the people who reached out to me through the blog and various forums after my Escalation of Commitment post, your words of encouragement and advice were much appreciated.

I decided fairly quickly that I would continue with the project in some form or another, but initially planned to take the winter off – pay down some debt – and wait till spring to decide where to go from there. With all the down time (and boredom that ensued), I inevitably started scanning various online publications for Z’s, and quickly became discouraged (again) with what was out there.

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A week from yesterday I was sitting in an emergency room, bleeding through my homemade bandage of paper towels and an old ace bandage. My right arm sliced open by a car almost comically enacting revenge on me like a jilted lover (or the mythical “Christine” from the Stephen King novel).

While I waited for the ER staff to admit and eventually stitch me up, I had plenty of time, what felt like an eternity honestly, to ponder – how did I get here?

The Z build has become a lot like a bad relationship. The type of relationship that in your heart of hearts, you knew was doomed from the start. The brief highs never seem to outweigh the long periods of exhausting lows. But still, you keep trying. You keep thinking, I can fix it; I can SAVE it! You invest all your free time, energy, and money – and there are brief periods where it looks like you’re going to make it work – but it never seems to pan out. Always ending up right back where you started.

Eventually you hit rock bottom and do what you knew you should have done from the start… end it. The Z knew her time was up: I had reached my rock bottom. But sometimes just as jilted lovers do, she had to have the last word. 15 stitches later, I heard her loud and clear.

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Ztuner Engine Build and Jsworks Documentary Shoot

It’s nearly midnight on Saturday as Harry and I work to get the newly assembled VG30DETT loaded up and into my rental trailer – battling exhaustion and swarms of Florida mosquitoes… It’s been two straight days/nights of filming & engine building. Tomorrow I set off for the final 1200 miles (of my 2400 mile journey) back home.

Harry’s been a real trooper. I don’t think he quite knew what he was in for when I asked to film all of this for the documentary. Constantly stopping to recompose a shot, move lights, or just answer one of my many interview questions; took what was normally a few hour assembly job, and turned it into a two-day affair. The long hours and lack of sleep have made us both a bit loopy, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

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