Defy The Odds


Gear Seven


Virtual Production


Gear Seven


Corry Wiens

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Defy the Odds, the new short film directed by award-winning director and editor Corry Wiens, 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 and the first African American to win a race.

Defy the Odds is based on Bill Lester’s memoir, Winning in Reverse, and focuses on a man pursuing his passion and letting nothing stand in his way.

At the age of 37, Bill Lester decided to leave his job at a big engineering firm to pursue his passion for racing full time. With the odds stacked against him as a black, middle-aged man in a southern, white man's sport, Bill rose above them all and made history time and time again.

The short film was shot in multiple locations within Tennessee including Arc Studios, the first Nashville-based virtual production studio, powered by award-winning video production company Gear Seven in partnership with the Atlanta-based virtual production team at MEPTIK.

Gear Seven also worked closely Shift Dynamics to capture the high-octane racing scenes at the Polecat Training Center in Fayetteville, TN.


  • Production Company: Gear Seven
  • 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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