Logline: When a passionate base-jumper has a terrifying accident, and his father pressures him to give up the sport, he searches for a way to fill the void and replace the exhilaration (or adrenalin rush) of base-jumping.
Filmmakers’ statement: Quentin Curzon and Jake Blackburn
We met the subject of our documentary, Clinton Parker through our interest in sky-diving. Clinton Parker was a keen base-jumper, but had recently had a serious accident. Base-jumping isn’t as widely known as sky-diving, so the challenge was to convey why someone would do this, and to find the universal themes in Clinton’s Journey. We wanted to lift the film beyond just promoting the base-jumping scene and allow viewers to empathize with an athlete and a sport that they might know very little about.
As we filmed, our relationship with Clinton evolved, and he changed his mind about how he was responding to his accident and his future, and we had to adapt the narrative and story accordingly. On my Terms isn’t a recovery film. We purposely skipped over that aspect of Clinton’s story, and concentrated on his dilemma and struggle to stay away from the sport. We followed, and occasionally became as lost and confused as he was, as he pursued his quest to fill the void that base-jumping had left in his life.
And then one day, he made a decision. He was going to go back and do a base-jump one last time because his obsession, his itch, wasn’t about the sport itself, it was about the way he had left it. After months of filming and editing, it all suddenly made sense.
Human stories and experiences are immensely complex and our objective as filmmakers was to distil Clinton’s journey of self-discovery to its essence. It’s all in the title really, which came at the end. Once Clinton realized what he had been chasing all along, and we understood the film we were making.
Quentin Curzon and Jake Blackburn