Chasing Perfect (2019) – Summary, Review

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Chasing Perfect is a new documentary profiling internationally known automotive designer, Frank Stephenson.


Director(s) Helena Coan
Written By Helena Coan
Date Released 7/9/2019
Genre(s) Documentary
Good, If You Like
  • Documentaries
  • Motorbikes
  • Cars
  • Automobile Design
  • Aviation Design
  • Science
  • Nature
Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Documentaries
Noted Cast
Himself Frank Stephenson
Himself Stewart Reed
Himself Jay Leno
Himself Simeon Panda

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Chasing Perfect  Summary

Director Coan and Mr. Stephenson takes us on a journey of his life from his happy childhood to the present, where he often speaks fondly of his strict perfectionist, but loving father, who was a great motivator for his success.

Highlights

“The Romance Of Design.”  A Journey Of The Past And Present Life Of A Sensitive, But Driven, Visionary

You learn about Stephenson the man, who, though driven, comes off as personable and sensitive. This is done through seeing his impact just due to being an alumni at the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, from friends and family in Spain, and other examples. Of which deepen your understanding of his passion as we hear the details of his inspirations, be it the human body, female form especially, animals, nature, and the surroundings of his home in England. Alongside that, we get an outsider’s point of view from collectors, such as former talk show house and renowned collector of classic vehicles, Jay Leno.

Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

I enjoy watching TV shows about motorbikes, old and the latest make and model cars, and how these machines are built and maintained.  It was a pleasure getting insight into the mindset and work habits of Stephenson’s ingrained aim for perfection.  I have always enjoyed learning what inspired designers regarding how things are made. So it was a pleasure to watch and listen to Mr. Stephenson talk about his journey from a fan of drawing fast cars and admiring the cars his father had in his dealership in Spain as a child, to becoming a motocross racer in his teens. Then, from there, going to auto design college in the US in his 20’s; to seeing his artistic vision in the drawings of some of the iconic cars he designed for Ford, Fiat, MINI, Ferrari, Maserati, and McLaren, and how he is now venturing into light vertical aircraft design at Lilium Aviation in Germany.


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