“I actually want people to feel like they can relate. I want to humanize these people because it does a better job of showcasing what extraordinary humans they are and what they’re capable of when you actually get to see their weaknesses or their vulnerabilities.” — Mariah MooreMariah Moore — director of Fittest on Earth: Next Gen — joins host Chase Ingraham on the podcast to talk about the making of the 2021 CrossFit Games documentary.After a challenging few years, athletes, spectators, and fans were back in Madison for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.Moore describes the process of creating the film from start to finish, including narrowing down days of footage to a two-hour movie that captures the top storylines of the competition.Moore also talks about the challenges and pressures that come with directing and producing, and that surround the creative space.Specific to the film, Moore dives into balancing athletes’ emotions and perspectives, being respectful of people’s personal and professional lives, and accurately representing the athletes’ and staff’s stories through real and vulnerable topics. She also opens up about anxiety, depression, and the mental pressures creatives face when making art to be judged.Moore shares her goals for the 2021 documentary and looks ahead to 2022.

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