2017-12-27 / Features

Local-Express

Jason Guzman

Filmmaker and educator Jason Guzman has worked in education for the past 10 years teaching, designing curriculum and working on media projects with college faculty members. As a director, editor and motion graphic animator, Jason, together with artist/graphic designer Philip Sachs, are Flywheel Film media production, a full-service, independent production company based in New York City, focused on creating digital media for a variety of project types. They can help you develop a strategy for your business or product to enter new markets and get you the exposure you need. They specialize in tailoring their services to create personal storytelling that communicates your values and mission through visually compelling narratives. Whether you’re interested in full video production services or a short promotional video, they offer a flexible workflow to bring your project to market quickly and within budget. They pride themselves on working closely with clients and understanding their needs. For more information, visit www.flywheelfilm.com

QG: What was the impetus behind Flywheel Film?

JG: The idea behind Flywheel Film was to bring together our visual storytelling skills with our interest in working locally and building relationships with businesses and artists in our community. We love getting to collaborate with the people we are making videos for and working to understand their stories and create a media strategy that will work for their unique needs.

QG: Describe some of the challenges you face, both as a filmmaker and as a small business owner.

JG: The challenges we face as a small business are similar to those of clients we work with. There is an evolving media landscape that requires a certain acumen about how information is shared, the technical side of entering that world and making compelling and interesting stories that call viewers to action. So much of the work we do is about building relationships and making connection with and between.

QG: What is your favorite aspect of the work you do?

JG: There have been a lot of great projects that have allowed us to meet great people in the neighborhood. Last year we did a short documentary about Rudy’s Hobby Shop (35-16 30th Ave., Astoria) that was a lot of fun. I have always loved the store and stop in and bring friends whenever I’m nearby. Making this short film about the store gave us the chance to preserve this special spot that we found out meant a great deal to many people in the neighborhood. Talking with Marvin, the owner of Rudy’s, we also got some local history about what Astoria used to be like and the changes it’s gone through over the years. The film has been accepted at a bunch of film festivals and it’s been great to see this very personal story about a local Astoria character up on the screen for others to see.

QG: What are some of your longer-term goals and projects for the company?

JG: In addition to having the opportunity to work with folks who share a common appreciation of the community and being able to use our understanding to help them and their businesses, we would like to find projects that highlight the history of the local area and show people the diversity and richness of experiences and cultures that make Queens unique.

QG: What are some of your favorite things to do in Queens?

JG: Queens arguably has the most delicious and authentic food options in the whole country. It is amazing to wander around Jackson Heights and still find undiscovered gems every time. So many of the communities in Queens still have an organic feel, unlike the sameness you might feel in so many places outside of New York. Meeting storeowners and hearing the stories of their culture, their family, and their passions is continually inspiring.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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