Sometimes the most inspiring projects, are the ones that happen by accident. As an artist, I constantly look for stories that elevate and inspire me. What started as a small personal project, bloomed into something much more special.
Last fall I came across an amazing speech given by NFL great, Ray Lewis. The speech was mesmerizing and I wanted to visualize the emotional story that his words took me on.
A couple of months later, a friend of mine shared with me the story of a young, double amputee she had met at a work retreat. This man, who was born without legs, also happens to be the 8th fastest man IN THE WORLD. After reaching out to his camp and learning more about his story, I knew he was the perfect embodiment of what I was looking for.
Blake’s positivity is incredibly infectious. His outlook on life and his journey is insanely inspiring and I hope that this little personal project of mine captured even 1/10th of his drive, passion, and vibrancy.
Blake is a Paralympic athlete, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder. Currently, he is training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, at which I sincerely hope he is allowed to compete.
To learn more about him, check out leeper.run
Interview on Director's Notes - directorsnotes.com/2019/04/16/lorenzo-de-guia-leeper/
Speech by Ray Lewis
Produced by Matthew Wilkinson at Abe Froman Productions.
Written & Directed by Lorenzo de Guia
Cinematography by Reuben Steinberg
Production Coordinator - Ray Fuentes
1st AC - Jeanna P. Kim
Grip/Gaffer - Sean McQueen
Post Sound Mix - Kevin Santos
Kimberly Villa at MBS
Mary, Heidi, & Milo
Cody Rzeznik at Muscle Pharm