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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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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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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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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

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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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I’m excited to announce the launch of the first teaser trailer for the documentary! This is the first installment in a series of “teasers” I hope to create introducing the cast of the film.

Next up will be the teaser for Jerod – a double amputee mountain climber we filmed a while back.

I’ve got a film shoot scheduled for early July that will be the setup to introduce Harry Sandhu – a sponsor and friend of the build who also happens to be an amputee. I can’t thank Vinny over at Vinny Ten Racing enough for allowing us to shoot at his shop this coming July.

Things are really progressing quickly and I’m really stoked with all the progress. If all goes well, the goal is to have a full 3 minute trailer (and accompanying Kickstarter campaign), up and running by September.

As always, I wouldn’t have gotten here without the help of my sponsors and crew.

Further updates for the documentary will be compiled here – jsworks.org/documentary/

Finally, I’d like to add that I’m still looking for other amputees to appear in the film. So if you know an amputee out there pushing the limits of their disability (or just getting started on a journey to do so) –  Please write to me at jsworks.blog@gmail.com

Hope you all enjoy the teaser!

Jay

I lost my right hand at age 11, but never let that stop me from pursuing ambitions in life, especially my love for cars!

I’ve been building cars since 16 and am self-taught. I’m a pretty determined guy, and capable of doing almost anything despite the loss of my hand. If I run into issues because of it – I fabricate a tool, strap something to my arm… whatever it takes to make it work!

I’m in the early stages of building a Nissan 300ZX for track duty (road racing), the majority of which will be filmed for a documentary about amputees pursuing their dreams. But first a little background…

I was a drag racer for most of my life, and campaigned a self-built 10 sec. Mustang in the 90’s, as well as many other cars over the years. As I got older, I got the itch for road racing to really push my racing/driving skills and the limits of my disability. Out of this came the idea for the film.

I’m a Documentary Editor by trade – and worked on films for HBO, PBS, & ESPN to name a few.

In the beginning, I would have never thought of doing a film like this, as I don’t like to consider myself “handicapped” in any way – but when people would hear about me building cars in my garage on the weekends they would always say, “That would make a great documentary.”

So the idea for the film was born. The overall theme of the film is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and that we (amputees) do this for the love of it like anyone else, not because we have anything to prove.

I hope to inspire fellow amputees (and able-bodied people alike) to make the most of life and follow their dreams despite limitations. The goal for the film is to produce a theatrical doc that would play the film festival circuit and possibly get picked up for broadcast (TV, theatrical, etc).

So please follow along and enjoy the ride!

Jason Schneider