Defy The Odds

Corry Wiens
Gear Seven
Virtual Art

Project Overview

Defy The Odds is an award winning short film written and directed by Corry Wiens, produced by Gear Seven in collaboration with Shift Dynamics, Arc Studios, and Meptik. Defy The Odds is based on the true story of NASCAR driver Bill Lester, the first African American to compete professionally in the NASCAR sanctioned Grand-Am Series. He was also the first African American to win the race.

Behind The Scenes

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  • Production Company: Gear Seve
  • Executive Producer: Ryan Atenhan
  • Executive Producer: Kirk Slawek
  • Director: Corry Wiens
  • Producer: Gavin Buckland
  • AD: Courtney Baucom
  • Dir of Photography: Quinton Brogan
  • Art director: Tracie Prichard
  • Set Design & Build: Fort Houston, Graeme Morris
  • AC: Jacob Cushman, Bennett Self
  • 2nd AC: Quinn Foster
  • Gaffer: Matt Treager
  • Key Grip: Erik Kitchens
  • Grip: Jacob Hart
  • Grip Specialist: Billy Gomes
  • Precision Driving: Shift Dynamics
  • Camera Car Precision driver: Patrick Wilson
  • Arm Op: Sam Wetzel
  • Sound: Alonso Cacho
  • Production Manager: Cody Fisher-Williams
  • Studio Manager: Skylar Galayda
  • Car Rotisserie Fabricator - Chris Coffey

  • Precision Drivers: Ken Thwaits
  • LED Volume: Arc Studios
  • LED Volume content: Meptik
  • LED Volume Technical Director: Justin Wylie
  • VFX Supervisor/Grip Swing: Dustin Turner
  • BTS Photos: Ryan Green, Matt Treager

  • Acted and performed by: Bradford Haynes, Tim Mercer, Austin Buck
  • Based on the true story of Bill Lester

  • Editor: Corry Wiens
  • Colorist: Quinton Brogan
  • Musical Score: Jonny Mendez
  • VFX: Dustin Turner
  • Title Design: Gavin Buckland
  • Sound Design: Ryan Pribyl

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