THE REAL THING is a short documentary about custom hot rod builder BODIE STROUD and his re-imagining of a classic Mustang by way of an extremely rare and powerful motor built specifically for legendary racer Mario Andretti's 1969 Can Am series race car.
The film follows the complex and creative build from its early stages, through its initial test drive all the way to an unveiling at the SEMA Car Show in Las Vegas where Bodie comes face to face with Mario Andretti himself.
Directed and Photographed by Julian King
Edited by Cassidy Gearhart
Sound Design and Mix by Omar Jon Ajluni
Music: "TRT" by Omar Jon Ajluni, "Soft Temple" by Grails, "Alma" by Oren Ambarchi
Featuring Bodie Stroud, Mario Andretti, Mitchell McDonald, Stephanie Pacheco, Clark Gillie
Produced by Julian King and Robert Valderrama
Steadicam / First Assistant Camera: Tanner Stauss
Production Sound: Ian Thompson
Key Grip: Justin Raths
DIT: Benjamin Verhulst
Over the past two years I have had the amazing opportunity of being a part of an NHRA Top Fuel Dragster pit crew. I joined Pat Dakin and the Commercial Metal Fabricators team midway through the 2011 season as a Clutch Assistant and I slowly started gathering little bits of footage at each race that I attended during my downtime with the hopes of one day putting together a video that would recap my experiences.
What started out as a small production turned into the largest personal project that I have ever worked on. I put an incredible amount of time and effort into this final piece because I saw it as a rare opportunity to combine drag racing and video production into one to showcase the two hobbies that I'm most passionate about. It is a rare behind the scenes look at the world's fastest type of racing and it is a display of how hours, days, and months of preparation all come down to one moment...the most powerful, surreal 3.8 seconds you could ever imagine.
I hope you'll take a moment to dive into the world of Top Fuel drag racing that I love and see it from my eyes.
Filmed and Produced by Corey Michalek - email@example.com
Special thanks to Pat Dakin and the Commercial Metal Fabricators Top Fuel Drag Racing team.
Outro - M83
No Refuge - Music Junkies
Crushing Blow - Jack Trammell
Richat - Mark Petrie
How it Starts - The Features
I do not own or claim the rights to the above listed music collection. This piece is to be used for entertainment and educational purposes only.