#958 – Mariah Moore | Fittest on Earth | Retro Active

Speaker 1 (00:04):
I have so much respect for my competitors, but when people compare me to the other competitors, it really doesn’t even phase me because I know I’m already going.
Speaker 2 (00:22):
Athletes wanna compete at the CrossFit games because it is the pinnacle of their sport. If you just get to that point, you are one of the 40 fittest people on the planet. I don’t enter a competition thinking that I’m gonna lose going into the CrossFit games. My sole purpose there was to win. Coming into the 2022 season, Tatu Me has a chance to stand alone in history to be the first and only athlete, win six consecutive CrossFit teams titles. The question was like, how is she gonna do it and what’s that gonna look like? I don’t think it’s gonna look like years in the past where it’s just win, win, win, win. Tui’s back to zero. Oh, no. And o’ Brian is a cross.
Speaker 1 (00:56):
I do not care how hard I go. I’m just going for it.
Speaker 2 (01:00):
Well, force will race so fast that it hard explodes. That’s now for the first time in five years, we were going to get to see Ricky Gerard at the cross of games. The last time we saw him was 2017. He finished third and then he tested positive for peds. Seeing Ricky wearing the white leaders jersey, I think forced a lot of people to confront a question that maybe we hadn’t really considered about what our feelings would be around the possibility of not only Ricky coming back, but winning. He dropped that. I The You’re gone. Yeah. Everyone’s just roaring For someone who see Ricky running Knik off winning into destruction mode. He just looked like a machine out there. I know you’re hurt. Everybody’s fucking hurt, and you’re tougher than everybody. You just get so hyped up and you’re like, I’m ready to attack this. This is gonna be one of the most epic Saturday nights we’ve ever had. We this before. Between Tia Toomey and Laurel Balance ballots. He’s gotta keep his ballots. The Lord will do it and Maderis will do it. Here we go.
Sevan Matossian (02:06):
Bam. We’re live. Hey, the only reason why they won’t ding us, someone wrote, Hey, the one time, uh, HQ won’t ding us. The only time that, the only reason why they won’t ding it is, uh, because I pulled it off of, uh, Instagram. So, that’s it. That’s it. Uh, the director Maria Moore should be here. Uh, any, uh, minute. She’s having some minor technical issues. Let me see. Make sure I gave her the right link. Make sure it’s not my fault. That’s the cool thing. When people have technical issues, it doesn’t even matter. It’s our show. It’s screen show. It’s Brittany Cassidy’s show. It’s Miss Pug Face Show. It’s Fergie’s show. It’s Steven Flores’s show. It’s Phillip Kelly’s show. It’s Jake Chapman’s show. It’s just our show. It’s Jay Hartel show. Who loves the music? Hey, did, did yesterday’s show ever get put back up? I know that they pulled it down cuz of all the copyright claims. It was the most copyright claims we’ve ever gotten in a single show. It’s kind of funny. Your glasses look good. Oh, thank you. They’re old.
They’re old. I just saw ’em on the counter and I’m like, you know what? I’ll wear these today. Now you’re making me have technical issues. Why did you go over and see if yesterday’s show is up? Uh, Mariah Moore is, um, coming on the show. I was looking at her, um, Instagram this morning, and, uh, I saw this picture. Bam. And, and I, and then I scrolled down and I realized I took this picture. Kind of cool. That’s her interviewing Greg Glassman. It looks like it’s downstairs at HQ in Santa Cruz. Uh, no matter what the business looks like or who is at the helm, my deep seated love for CrossFit and gratitude to the man who created it will spring Eternal. Well, that’s cool. Little Greg Glassman love. She posted this in May of 2022. Maybe everyone should post one of those.
Can you imagine being a CrossFit games athlete, just a completely new sport. You’d be out there fucking mowing lawns, you’d be some fucking ding dong trapped in a medical lab somewhere, 50 pounds overweight. But because of Greg, you have a fucking totally different career. But you’re out. I’m out. God damn. I shouldn’t, I shouldn’t have brought that up. It’s just me. I just, it’s, it’s, uh, it’s completely unreal. I I guess people don’t sit around and thank um, uh, Thomas Edison for the light bulb. Is that who did it? Or Benjamin Franklin or whoever created that.
So this is in your lifetime, this dude’s still alive. Especially for you idiots who mischaracterized him. Oh no. Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot. I, I’m getting wound up. I feel it. I need to chill. I need to chill. Tranquilo may need to read something out of this song outta my do to Ching here. Number 64, from the Dow to Ching Fame or integrity, which is more important. Money or happiness, which is more valuable success or failure, which is more destructive. If you look to others for fulfillment, you’ll never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money. You’ll never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have rejoice and what things you are when you realize there is nothing lacking. The whole world belongs to you. Loud to Oh, that’s nice. I like that. That was a good issue. Hi Mariah. What’s up?
Mariah Moore (06:05):
I was, uh, having technical difficulties.
Sevan Matossian (06:08):
Um, you did the same thing I did today.
Mariah Moore (06:11):
You had issues too?
Sevan Matossian (06:13):
No, I washed my hair.
Mariah Moore (06:15):
I did it that last night.
Sevan Matossian (06:16):
Yeah. I could tell
Mariah Moore (06:17):
It’s the first time since Sunday <laugh>.
Sevan Matossian (06:20):
I haven’t washed my hair in over a year. I just saw the bottle of shampoo on the ground. I was like, you know what? Today’s the day
Mariah Moore (06:25):
Does it, like how do you keep it clean then? You just don’t, just don’t take it down on the man bun.
Sevan Matossian (06:31):
No, no, no, no. It has to come down. I just rinse it out with water. I just rinse it out with water. I like it. Cuz then it gets really thick like a helmet.
Mariah Moore (06:39):
I see. I haven’t used body wash in years. I don’t wash my body.
Sevan Matossian (06:42):
Yeah. You know what? I was surprised how many people don’t wash their body. Hiller told me he doesn’t wash Andrew Hiller doesn’t wash his body either. No soap.
Mariah Moore (06:48):
Yeah. No soap.
Sevan Matossian (06:50):
Yeah. I got a hairy butt. So I have to use soap. I feel like I have to use soap. I have to lather down there.
Mariah Moore (06:55):
So gets caught. If you
Sevan Matossian (06:57):
Don’t, don’t be crass. Don’t be crass. Maria
Mariah Moore (07:00):
Sevan Matossian (07:01):
Uh, I listened to the pr pr all day podcast yesterday with Nicole. You’ve never talked about her resigning and coming back like a different show. But thank you Eaton Beaver. Thank you. What a trippy name. Can you imagine naming your kid Eating Beaver?
Mariah Moore (07:17):
You think that’s actually their name?
Sevan Matossian (07:19):
No, I was just saying if you for it like I do.
Mariah Moore (07:23):
Sevan Matossian (07:24):
Holy cow. Dude. Uh, another movie. Congratulations.
Mariah Moore (07:28):
I know. Thank you.
Sevan Matossian (07:29):
No one has any idea how much work that is unless they’ve put together a movie, you know, like Yeah. Together a movie. You can’t even fathom it.
Mariah Moore (07:38):
Yeah. It’s kinda funny cause I’m like, I’m okay with criticism, but I’m like, I respect your opinion a bit more. You know what it takes to do it. You know
Sevan Matossian (07:49):
What people don’t realize is that every second 24 pictures go by, or 30 pictures go by, or 60 pictures go by, or 120 pictures go by. And so for you as not only the director or the editor, every one of those pictures matters to you. It’s not for, for us, we’re just watching them go by and make movement. But for you, right, you’re looking at every picture and be like, should I cut on this one or should I go two pictures over and cut on this one? Or should I go three picture? Should I start the dissolve at this picture? Or should I solve start the dissolve and you’re clicking over one picture at a time, or you’re bringing that razor blade down one picture at a time and pe like no one has any fucking clue. Like, hey, this isn’t just like some random, like, Hey, I cut it here. Right? And I, and I’m, I’m like, within a second. It’s no big deal.
Mariah Moore (08:31):
Right? Well, it’s that and the mountain of footage you capture after the games too, or you have, you have to go through after the games.
Sevan Matossian (08:38):
Yeah, absolutely. Ridiculous. Absolutely nuts. You know what, um, I, this was the first games doc I’ve probably watched. I I definitely didn’t watch the, the previous year, last year. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Um, I, I absolutely loved it. Congratulations. I absolutely love it. You know what’s kind of interesting? The stuff that I liked the least in it was the CrossFit stuff.
<laugh>, you know, like at the intro and end the kind of like, Hey, this all takes place in ki there’s kind of like, Hey, this is the community. And then at the end then there’s the whole meat and potatoes of the movie. The competition. Yeah. Yeah. And then at the end it closes with like, and don’t forget like, this happens in this community. But I, I, yeah. Not, not that I didn’t like it, but I was, I I, the meat and potatoes were crazy. Good job. I’m not a te Tomi fan. I’m not, I’m not a hater at all. I just don’t know her at all. You know what I mean? I’ve never, and I walked away from that movie being like, holy shit. I love her.
Mariah Moore (09:29):
Yeah, she’s great. She’s great. She’s a cool girl.
Sevan Matossian (09:32):
And you did Ricky write too?
Mariah Moore (09:34):
I mean, we never
Sevan Matossian (09:37):
Not that. Go ahead.
Mariah Moore (09:38):
Yeah. Well, I mean, we, I mean, you probably remember when we went out and shot with him in 2017. I think we were all a bit devastated when we found out that he had popped because we all loved him. You were back. Did you do the, you did behind the scenes in 2017. It was 2018 that you didn’t do ’em, right?
Sevan Matossian (09:53):
Correct. Correct.
Mariah Moore (09:54):
So you, you were back there with him too, weren’t you?
Sevan Matossian (09:57):
Yeah. Yeah.
Mariah Moore (09:58):
I mean, nobody really wanted to do him dirty. No, I remember, I remember we were slated to go out and shoot with him in Australia. He and I, and like two days before we went out, Justin came into our office and he was like, Hey, I don’t think you guys wanna go on that trip anymore to see Ricky. And we were like, why? No. Like his, his, um, a sample just tested positive. Like, we don’t know for sure. Cause you know, his B samples right now is getting pulled to get tested as well. And we’re like, well, we, we still have to go. I mean, if, if he
Sevan Matossian (10:28):
Oh, they don’t know filmmakers. Do you, you guys were like, oh, we definitely are going now <laugh>
Mariah Moore (10:33):
That with like, ill intention though, not with ill intention, but we were like, we have to go. This is part of the story. If, if he does test positive. Um, and so we went and like, we got to know him a little bit at the games, but then when we were there, he and I were just like, holy shit. We were just like praying his sample was negative because we
Sevan Matossian (10:53):
Like, because he liked him.
Mariah Moore (10:54):
Cause we loved him so much. And so when we, we got JB emailed us like a few hours, no, maybe even like, we were sitting in the car about to go do his interview, his master interview. And it was the last thing we were doing on the shoot. And we got the email saying that his B sample had also tested positive. And at that point, like Ricky knew that his a had sample had popped or tested positive, but he didn’t know yet that the B had a B sample. Um, and we, like, it’s not something we had talked about with him and I don’t, and they didn’t know that we knew. Um, and then we had to get, we found out that he, his b sample tested positive. And then we had to get outta the car and go do his interview with him. And we were gutted. We were devastated. We did not, we were not stoked when we heard that.
Sevan Matossian (11:45):
It’s crazy. Did, did any part of you feel dirty being there? It’s kind of weird being a filmmaker, right? Like you’re there to capture it mm-hmm. <affirmative>, but you also feel a little guilty, like it’s like going to film at a funeral.
Mariah Moore (11:56):
Yeah. Yeah. Oh, for sure. I mean, it’s kind of like that. I mean, definitely in that situation it was pretty uncomfortable. But even when you’re at the games, there’s situations where you’re pushing a camera into their face during a really intimate or emotional moment. And you feel like you’re, feel like you wanna crawl outta your own skin. Cause it feels inappropriate for you to be there. But you have to do your job and you have to document.
Sevan Matossian (12:18):
And, and, and in hindsight you’re never, that’s the thing. Also too early you reali you realize in hindsight you’re always like, okay, I’m glad I have this. If I don’t want to show it now, that’s fine. Mm-hmm. But at least I have it. You’re never, you’re never like, I, I’ve never gone home and been like, oh shit, I wish I wouldn’t have filmed this. Right. 90% of the time. Like, God, I’m so happy I sacked it up and wasn’t wasn’t a little bitch and film this.
Mariah Moore (12:40):
Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I mean, you gotta do that. And then, and not to say you don’t get, I mean, you get a little calloused, it gets easier and easier. Easier. That’s a terrible thing. But you’re better at your job for it.
Sevan Matossian (12:53):
What year did you start working for CrossFit?
Mariah Moore (12:56):
20? Uh, shit, 2013, I think. End of 2013.
Sevan Matossian (13:03):
And, and was that the first time, so I know a lot of people start off as contractors before they became employees. Were you contractor first?
Mariah Moore (13:10):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.
Sevan Matossian (13:12):
And how long were you
Mariah Moore (13:14):
A year? Uh, yeah, a year.
Sevan Matossian (13:18):
And then who hired you? Tyson hired you?
Mariah Moore (13:20):
No, uh, Charlie and Joe.
Sevan Matossian (13:25):
Charlie Joe. Oh, you started. Okay. I think that’s, that’s now my memory’s starting to come back. I remember you started on the game side of the house.
Mariah Moore (13:32):
Yeah. I was a pa I was like literally wrapping cables for the update show <laugh>, like pitting mics on people and stuff.
Sevan Matossian (13:39):
And you had never held a camera?
Mariah Moore (13:41):
No, I had, I was, it was something that I wanted to do. So when my hometown Oke California, um, I started going to their, the local affiliate when it opened in 2012. I was about to graduate high school. Um, and I had always wanted to pursue film and photography. It was something that I had aspired to do since I was like 13 years old. Um, and so I just started doing make, like creating content for the affiliate. And then torn, torn Simpson’s. Um, brother, uh, went to the gym, introduced me to Torn when Torn was visiting because at the time, torn was an employee of CrossFit. And then just be, and then I started sending my stuff to Torn for advice. And then he was like, Hey, um, there’s openings for like, to be a production assistant for the update show. It’s like literally the bottom of the totem pole. But you know, I’ll put, I’ll put your name in with the powers that be if that’s something you’re interested in. So I sent in my resume, lied on my resume about what I was capable of doing. And I was like, oh, I can just learn really quick. Right,
Of course. And then, and then I went up and interviewed with Charlie and they hired me. So I, I quit my college classes and my job at Starbucks and went to work for CrossFit.
Sevan Matossian (14:53):
I can’t think of two better people, three better people to work with, uh, Torren, Charlie and Joe.
Mariah Moore (15:00):
Yeah, I mean
Sevan Matossian (15:01):
They’re Stok pretty amazing. You’re those Yeah. Those are great fucking people. Those are great human human beings.
Mariah Moore (15:05):
Yeah. Oh yeah. It was, it’s cool because Charlie was like, Hey, you know, I I would always ask to do work for you and Tyson. Cause that was ultimately what I wanted to
Sevan Matossian (15:16):
Do. That’s what I remember. I remember you wanting to like slowly slither over to the
Mariah Moore (15:21):
<laugh>. That’s a good
Sevan Matossian (15:21):
Way to put the other side of the house. Slither. Yeah. Yeah, yeah.
Mariah Moore (15:24):
I was definitely scheming, that’s for sure. No, but I j uh, Charlie was always open to me taking on work. Joe always held me to a really high standard, which made me wanna be better. And then torn was always so good about just taking the time to teach me things. So I had a lot of really good people in my corner.
Sevan Matossian (15:38):
It’s crazy. Um, how many people came up there, right? I mean, you just think, uh, Joe Novella must be so proud of people like you and Charlie.
Mariah Moore (15:46):
Probably. I, I mean, I would
Sevan Matossian (15:47):
Hope so. Just murdering, right? Yeah,
Mariah Moore (15:49):
I would hope so.
Sevan Matossian (15:50):
Hey, um, there was, there was a, uh, for the, uh, by the way, Mariah said she’s out of Lo Polk, California. That’s for those people who don’t know, that’s probably like, uh, I dunno, 120 miles north of Los Angeles, right?
Mariah Moore (16:02):
Yeah. It’s like two hours.
Sevan Matossian (16:04):
Okay. And then, um, there was a, I think that there was a, a film made out of your gym of a guy who was running with a kettlebell.
Mariah Moore (16:12):
Yeah. I made that. That was the first thing. I pitched it to Tyson as I
Sevan Matossian (16:16):
Can’t incredible that. And that was fucking incredible. That was amazing. Oh,
Mariah Moore (16:20):
Thanks. I can’t watch it anymore. It’s like, oof.
Sevan Matossian (16:23):
Oh, that was amazing. How is that? So the guy was running with the kettlebell. He turned a corner and his back went out and he was basically paralyzed, right?
Mariah Moore (16:29):
Yep. And then I think he had like a two year goal. He was paralyzed from the waist down. He had a two year goal of being able to do the open again. And he was able, and through he rehabbed through CrossFit and his was able to do the open,
Sevan Matossian (16:42):
Um, Allegra r a watch Tyson interview with Chase on the CrossFit Games podcast. This one looks sick. So many storylines. Yeah, it is good. Allegra, you, you’re gonna really like it. It moves very, very, very, very, very fast. It is awesome. I really enjoyed it.
Mariah Moore (16:59):
Every time I’m able to get a dock under two hours long, which is always the goal, I think of the time that, do you remember this? I think it was with Redeemed and the Domina. I think the movie like came in at like two hours or 15 and like Keber and Mars and I sat back and like, yeah, we’re done. And then you came back like right before Christmas break and you’re like, Hey, you guys need to shave off 30 minutes.
Sevan Matossian (17:19):
I remember, do you remember fighting with you guys a few times? That’s for sure. <laugh>. <laugh>. I don’t remember the exact details.
Mariah Moore (17:26):
<laugh>, every time I get it under like the two hour mark, I’m like, yes, Stephan. He couldn’t say shit right now. I fucking did it. I got it under <laugh>.
Sevan Matossian (17:34):
Um, I’ve told this story on here before and, and, and I’m open to the story being, um, uh, hyperbole, but you tell me if it’s true. I remember one time, um, we were working out downstairs and there were a bunch of us working out. And I was by the Bay doors. I may have even slithered outside, like to hide. And I was doing overhead squats and I think the overhead squats were supposed to be 1 35. And I was using 95 pounds. Does this story sound familiar to you?
Mariah Moore (18:00):
No, not yet. Keep going.
Sevan Matossian (18:01):
And I hear this voice from across the gym, uh, say something like, um, use 1 35, you little bitch <laugh>.
Mariah Moore (18:10):
That was me.
Sevan Matossian (18:11):
And I’m like, holy fuck. <laugh> <laugh>. I’m a 40 year old man. I mean, I absolutely loved it. I I think that’s when I first started adoring you. I was like, wow. I just, uh, you Does that sound familiar to you? That story?
Mariah Moore (18:25):
Yeah. I mean, I’m a bit of a bully sometimes
Sevan Matossian (18:28):
In, in the gym. I was like, holy shit. It’s, it’s a fucking 25 year old girl. Just called me a bitch from across the gym. You may be one, been one of the only people who worked there who is shorter than me, who’s smaller than you.
Mariah Moore (18:38):
Sevan Matossian (18:39):
How tall are you? Are you May I should ask how tall you’re before? I say you’re shorter than me. How tall are you?
Mariah Moore (18:43):
Like five, four in the morning.
Sevan Matossian (18:45):
Okay, good.
Mariah Moore (18:46):
By the evening and things start to compress. I’m probably like five three.
Sevan Matossian (18:49):
Right, right, right.
Mariah Moore (18:50):
I might actually be five three and I’ve just lied to myself.
Sevan Matossian (18:54):
Uh, right. I that that ha that can happen. Um, <laugh> and
Mariah Moore (18:58):
Then morning five, eight
Sevan Matossian (18:59):
And then, right? Yes.
Mariah Moore (19:01):
Sevan Matossian (19:01):
And then, and then, so, so you worked there, uh, you started over in the game side, you came over to the other side of the house and um, at that point your boss was Tyson and you guys started eventually date dating and now you guys are married and have three kids.
Mariah Moore (19:15):
Sevan Matossian (19:17):
Yeah. Crazy. That’s a
Mariah Moore (19:17):
Controversial, isn’t it?
Sevan Matossian (19:19):
I don’t know. Who the fuck else are you supposed to date?
Mariah Moore (19:23):
<laugh>. That’s, that’s what was, it was like at CrossFit. We were all dating each other.
Sevan Matossian (19:27):
Yeah, you, you, you gotta, you got a date. Um, you gotta date someone. Uh, this picture I’m about to show is just incredible,
Mariah Moore (19:38):
Huh? Yep. That’s
Sevan Matossian (19:40):
What the twin is That, is that what the twins or is that what the most recent one? Oh
Mariah Moore (19:43):
Yeah. No, that’s what the twins look at how big I am.
Sevan Matossian (19:47):
That’s what the twins, I know that, that’s, that’s surreal.
Mariah Moore (19:50):
I got huge.
Sevan Matossian (19:52):
I got huge. Did Tyson take that?
Mariah Moore (19:55):
Sevan Matossian (19:57):
Um, and, and what documentary are you editing here?
Mariah Moore (20:01):
I don’t think I was working on a documentary at that point. That was 20, that was in 2019. So I was just working on like, uh, like little things here and there for CrossFit.
Sevan Matossian (20:11):
When, when you um, uh, get pregnant, did you have morning sickness, Mariah?
Mariah Moore (20:16):
Oh yeah.
Sevan Matossian (20:17):
And did you just keep working through it?
Mariah Moore (20:19):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative> It wasn’t, it was like, it was, it was really, really severe in the early mornings for me with the twins.
Sevan Matossian (20:26):
Mariah Moore (20:27):
So it was pretty much, I would eat breakfast. I would eat a huge breakfast because I knew I was gonna throw it up no matter what. So I was like, if I just eat a really big breakfast, maybe I’ll be able to like, retain some of the nutrients and maybe I won’t throw everything up. Um, but it was pretty much a given that I would lose my breakfast, but then by like one or two in the afternoon, I’d feel okay and then I’d be, be able to eat and work out.
Sevan Matossian (20:49):
Yeah. Crazy. And then, and then you just kept working. You, you, you,
Mariah Moore (20:52):
You didn’t take Oh yeah.
Sevan Matossian (20:53):
You didn’t take any time off. You just kept sh and when you would go on shoots also?
Mariah Moore (20:58):
No, I wasn’t going on shoots. It was, so in 2019 when the last of us got let go at CrossFit, it was, it was like <laugh>. We were working on the, remember the, the Hobar psych wall stuff that we did with the Yes. The Phantom. Yeah. So that stuff still had to be done. And so Dalton and I, Dalton, Michael Dalton and I had been working on that. And so it, like, even though we were both let go, we had all of this content that we were sitting on and they were like, well, we still need it to be made. So we got contracted and it, that lasted for like a really long time.
Sevan Matossian (21:30):
And so other people would shoot it and then you’d get the footage and you’d edit?
Mariah Moore (21:33):
No, we just had all the footage still. Oh. We spent like a few days just shooting. Right. With Hobart. And I forgot, I
Sevan Matossian (21:40):
Forget, was it Julie?
Mariah Moore (21:42):
No, it was the gymnast.
Sevan Matossian (21:44):
Mariah Moore (21:45):
I can’t remember her
Sevan Matossian (21:46):
Name. I was gonna say Michael Ferrante. But it’s not Michael fte.
Mariah Moore (21:49):
Sevan Matossian (21:50):
That’s the musician. God, what was that guy’s name? That Olympian.
Mariah Moore (21:55):
Chad Vaughn? No, that’s the, the Weightlifter, right? Yeah, the Olympian. Oh, like the power monkey guy.
Sevan Matossian (22:00):
No, different Olympian. Anyway. Okay. And, and then, and then this most, and then, so, so this most recent movie, why, why are you calling it retroactive? What’s that mean?
Mariah Moore (22:13):
Um, it was kind of, it’s just, it’s a bit of a, for that year was like going back so that you can move forward in the sense of like, hey, get back to the basics. Like that quote from Greg about like, once you’ve mastered something, go back and pay closer attention.
Sevan Matossian (22:32):
So it was, it was kind of a playoff of uh, um, Adrian Bosman doing the programming cuz he was digging through the old journals and stuff. Yeah. In that regards
Mariah Moore (22:40):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.
Sevan Matossian (22:42):
And who named the movie?
Mariah Moore (22:44):
That was a Boz suggestion
Sevan Matossian (22:46):
Really? For the name of the movie. And you took it.
Mariah Moore (22:48):
Yeah, I mean, we, we reached the titles are really hard, I feel
Sevan Matossian (22:52):
Like. Yeah, me too. So
Mariah Moore (22:54):
I, we reached out to a handful of people and we were like, Hey, if you were gonna name this year, like if you could summarize the, this year’s games in like a couple of words, what would it be? And so we had like a whole list of things. And like, we had our own ideas too. And that’s what Boz was suggesting we’re like, Hmm, we like that, like the sound of it.
Sevan Matossian (23:12):
Um, uh, you know, you know who else? He looked great in the movie. He came across great in the movie. Matt Fraser came across great in the movie. It was kind of, it was interesting to see that side of Matt. I mean, you, if, if the goal was to show, uh, Matt stressed out, you really showed him stressed out. He looked like he, he got 10 years older in that movie. He looked stressed.
Mariah Moore (23:30):
Yeah. That wasn’t intentional. I think he was just like that back there.
Sevan Matossian (23:33):
And then, and then that closing shot with, uh, him and O’Keefe, like basically with crying with their, with their cheeks pressed up against each other. <laugh> and uh, and, and then, and, and Tommy and Sean did an incredible job narrating.
Mariah Moore (23:44):
Yeah. They’re,
Sevan Matossian (23:45):
I mean, crazy. Incredible. How is that, or do you go in there and you’re like, okay guys, I’m doing this scene, talk to me about this. And then they just improv that shit.
Mariah Moore (23:55):
Uh, I mean, yeah, kind of. I mean, you remember how it goes. It would just, it’s kind of like, uh, we have like a basic list of questions that we wanna ask, like storylines or, or whatever. And then we would start going to the event by event, walk me through what happened in this event. Oh, okay. Then there’s this moment or there’s something, they say something that I’m like, that we were like, oh, well, you know, expand on that. That’s interesting. Things like that. Um, but it’s pretty, it’s pretty organic how it goes usually. The only,
Sevan Matossian (24:24):
It’s incredible.
Mariah Moore (24:26):
Yeah. That’s great. And then it is just, I don’t know, I, I’ve had a couple people ask like, how do you come up with the questions? And it’s just like, I don’t know. They kind of just come to you when you’re sitting there and you’re listening to people talk.
Sevan Matossian (24:37):
Are are, are you, when you interview, let’s say that Tommy’s painting a scene mm-hmm. <affirmative>, when you interview him for that, is the edit already done? Or, or, or by edit? I mean the rough edit is, is there like, um, is it, um, laid down in the timeline and then you’re like, okay, I need Tommy to talk over this. I need Sean to talk over this. I need Adrian to talk over this and then I’ll chop up all their sound bites to, to to give the, the words for the pictures. Or do you not even have the pictures laid down yet, but you just know what they’re gonna be?
Mariah Moore (25:06):
Um, I think every single interview, except for the Boz interview and the mall O’Brien interview, we’re all shot the day after the games.
Sevan Matossian (25:13):
Holy crap. So you don’t even, so you’re carpet bombing, you’re like, I gotta get them to talk about everything. Yeah. So when I go back, I can paint any picture I want.
Mariah Moore (25:21):
Yeah. Most of the interviews are minimum like an hour and a half.
Sevan Matossian (25:25):
Oh my goodness.
Mariah Moore (25:27):
Yeah. So this year, Monday after the games, we had, um, three rooms dedicated to interviews and we just had people rotating through them from like 7:00 AM to like 9:00 PM The Monday after the
Sevan Matossian (25:39):
Games. You’re not even doing all the interviews you’re having to
Mariah Moore (25:42):
Sevan Matossian (25:43):
Oh my
Mariah Moore (25:43):
God. This was the first year that we did that. This was the first year that we did that because we wanted to try to get as many people done as possible at the games while people were all in one space. Then trying to do the normal thing, which is do a, both like travel to people. We wanted to try and knock out as many. So I think we had, because we kind of partner up with, um, Hamilton Road production cuz they were doing Miles to Madison at the time. And so we were working closely with them to help make sure that they got what they needed. We just, we collaborate really well with them. Um, and so Kathy Eller, um, had, uh, she was conducting one interview room that was, um, dedicated to the Miles Madison series, but she, they also had characters that we needed. So I would just give her questions that I also wanted asked. And then I think we had torn in the other interview room, and then I sat in one, the one that was like dedicated to doc
Sevan Matossian (26:35):
All set up the same, same backdrop.
Mariah Moore (26:38):
Yeah. Mm-hmm.
Sevan Matossian (26:39):
<affirmative>. Dude, that’s crazy. For people who don’t know, the reason why that’s crazy is at least if Mariah’s doing all the interviews, she can hear all of it firsthand and start putting it together in her brain. And then she can also pivot off of questions and she can start like basically like, okay, if Shawn said this, then I definitely want to ask Tommy this. And then I definitely wanna ask Adrian this. And if you have three different people doing it on because you have compressed time, all of those abilities go out the door. Man, that’s a, that’s crazy amount of pressure.
Mariah Moore (27:07):
Yeah. But it’s also like, we also made sure the right people were interviewing. Right. Because it was like, you know, I’ve worked for with Torn for 10 years, right. So it’s like I already, I already know his style. I already know what, how he’s going to interview and I trust that he’s gonna get everything that I would want or need.
Sevan Matossian (27:23):
Um, do you have an idea of how many hours of footage you had in totality?
Mariah Moore (27:27):
No, it’s crazy. It’s, I mean, size wise, I think it was around 30, 30 plus terabytes.
Mariah Moore (27:35):
Sevan Matossian (27:37):
That’s crazy.
Mariah Moore (27:38):
Maybe closer to 50. I think it was 30 when we were, when we were packing up Sunday night. So after all the interviews, it was probably closer to 50 terabytes.
Sevan Matossian (27:48):
Hey, do do you have what, what do you have a hundred terabyte drive at your house that you work off of? Do you have anything massive you work on, you do?
Mariah Moore (27:55):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative>? I have three of ’em.
Sevan Matossian (27:57):
Yeah, that sounds about right. Are they redundant or they’re all separate?
Mariah Moore (28:02):
They, a couple of them are, no, they’re all separate because they’re, they house the documentaries and so I have one copy and then CrossFit has the other copy of all the footage. So I, I don’t have to store Redundants.
Sevan Matossian (28:16):
Do you ever wonder what you, how you’re gonna get rid of all that stuff? Like, I have boxes and boxes of hard drives. Even just shit that’s in 10 87 20.
Mariah Moore (28:25):
Well, is it, it’s kind of scary though, because like, I don’t wanna get rid of it because I don’t, sounds terrible. I don’t trust that they’re not gonna lose the footage. <laugh>.
Sevan Matossian (28:33):
Oh, of course, of course, of course. So
Mariah Moore (28:36):
I’m like, I’m just gonna keep housing this stuff. And I don’t know, like maybe someday they might ask me for it.
Sevan Matossian (28:42):
Like, these, I have stacks of, I have boxes full of these
Mariah Moore (28:45):
Dude Me too
Sevan Matossian (28:48):
Stuff from like
Mariah Moore (28:48):
Just boxes years ago. Oh yeah. I would love to know what’s on that. You probably have all the Greg shit, huh?
Sevan Matossian (28:53):
Yeah. All all of it. Yep. What I, what I, what’s interesting is that you say that you shot. So I always brag that I, I have about a hundred terabytes of footage at my house, like, just on, and, and I have redundant three times. I have three 100 terabyte drives and they’re all, they’re all full. Um, but but now you’re shooting in 4k.
Mariah Moore (29:13):
Oh yeah. And not just that, but Red Raw.
Sevan Matossian (29:17):
Yeah. That’s crazy. That’s nuts.
Mariah Moore (29:22):
Sevan Matossian (29:23):
Are you happy with the movie?
Mariah Moore (29:25):
Yeah, I am. Yeah. It’s, I would’ve, I I’m really happy with it. I think in a perfect world though, I would’ve gotten a lot more pre-production time. Um, just the way things have shook out the past few documentaries. Um, I’m a, I was asked to come on and do it like literally like three weeks before the games. Both, both times. And so I think I would’ve liked to do, have done a lot more with it.
Sevan Matossian (29:56):
When, when you say short notice, how Short or short?
Mariah Moore (29:59):
Like three weeks.

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