NEW AT BEACON: How “The Heat” Is Less Funny in a Post-Ferguson World

Published August 25, 2014 by Teresa

I posted this over at Beacon on Friday, but was too lazy to promote it wanted it to be an exclusive for my Beacon subscribers first! I recently saw the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy film The Heat for the first time recently, and I thought it less funny than I might have thought it in the theater since I watched it post-Ferguson.

EXCERPT:

Now, he was smoking a joint (and very stupidly kept waving it around). She was well within her rights to take him in. There’s no question about that. (We can have a discussion about our outdated, ineffectual, ridiculous drug laws another time) Also, it’s clear from their interaction that he’s had priors. They seem to know each other – probably because she’s brought him in before. My problem was in the way she stopped, not for the joint, but for a charge she just assumed he was guilty of, because he was sitting there “in the middle of all the prostitutes,” and greets him by calling him “My favorite asshole.” Then, she finds something to arrest him for, chases him, rams him with her car, and chases him down leaving the white guy free to escape. She never goes back for the white guy – apparently, because smoking a joint is way worse than soliciting a prostitute (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either, nor do I think either should be illegal, but I digress…) – but she does manage to take the black kid down by throwing a watermelon at him. But we’re commenting on racism by doing this! That’s what makes this funny!, we’re meant to think. 

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HOTPIXEL POST: “HotPixel Welcomes Colorist, Anthony Harris!”

Published August 25, 2014 by Teresa

Anthony Harris.

My latest interview at the HotPixel blog actually posted last week, but I never posted it here, and figured I should remedy that! I did an interview with the newest member of the HotPixel team – the brilliant, illustrious (and super-sweet) colorist, Anthony Harris, who’s worked on films like Spider-Man, Life of Pi, and of course, THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE, Starship Troopers. :) In this interview, he discusses his amazing career, as well as what independent filmmakers need to know about hiring a colorist.

EXCERPT:

“[In] big studios, a lot of the legwork was done before it got to me,” he explains. “So, I’m enjoying being in a situation where there are clients who may not have been doing it for twenty years, or who may not be working for a studio where everything is provided and there’s a person hired to do every single little thing. It’s exciting, because it keeps me on top of my game! I have to know what I’m talking about to be able to help a client, so ultimately that helps me. I think that when you work for a big studio, and you come into the office, and everything’s on your desk and ready to go, and you do your job and walk away, and someone else takes it from there, you can kind of get too comfortable.

“So, the one thing I’ve learned in the time I’ve worked for HotPixel is that, no, you need to know it all. From when the client brings the drive in – and I know this sounds ridiculous – where do you plug it in? [laughs] Where does it go? How do you conform? What are your steps from getting it in to getting it out? And being able to do it all myself, I’ve learned so much in the last month. It’s a very big confidence builder. Anything that you do [in the film industry], it’s a craft, and if you really enjoy your craft, you want to know it all, regardless of whether you need to use those skills every day, you want to be able to know what you’re doing. And that’s what I enjoy most about working with everyone here.”

This desire to learn more and be on top of his game was evident even when he was just starting out. At Sony Pictures, he started out in the model shop. Quickly realizing that the model shop was not where he wanted to be, he expressed this to friends he had at Sony Imageworks, and was hired there as a PA. The first film on which he worked? The cult classic sci-fi film, Starship Troopers.

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POUND BY POUND: Day 15 – Weekends Off!

Published August 25, 2014 by Teresa
Starting Level 2!

Starting Level 2!

This past week, I started a new writing schedule that’s been working really well for me, but that’s also got me waking up earlier in the morning. However, despite going against my nature and forcing myself to be a morning person, I find that I’m more efficient throughout the day and getting a lot done.

Yet, it’s because of this that my weekends have become much more precious to me. On weekends, I don’t want to set an alarm, I don’t want to do anything “productive,” and this weekend I decided not to do DailyBurn. At first, I worried, because I thought I would backslide and get lazy again. But this morning, I got up, did my writing, and did my DailyBurn workout automatically. My work is tied to my exercise, and vice versa, as I’ve started a morning routine that I can keep up with. So, regular exercise continues to be a habit despite my taking the weekend off.

Today, I did True Beginner Day 15, which was the start of Level 2 – Stability and Mobility 2. Remember that challenge I’ve been wanting? Yeah, well I”ve got it! This certainly kicked things up a notch, and I was dripping with sweat by the end!

Day 15 Finish Screen

Day 15 Finish Screen

Later this morning, I’ll be walking to work, and later this week, I may be hiking and going back to jogging at my jogging partner’s request.

Also, I’ll be going shopping to buy the food I need to take part in the DailyBurn Ignite challenge. Stay tuned! :)

POUND BY POUND: Day 12 – DailyBurn Is Better!

Published August 22, 2014 by Teresa
Another workout DONE!

Another workout DONE!

I guess the Exercise Goddess heard my concerns about DailyBurn yesterday, because the site was working normally today! The “Day” matched the correct workout and everything! Here’s hoping it stays that way.

So, I’m on Day 12 of the True Beginner program and did Core 1. Like a BOSS.

This weekend, I’m going to figure out what other regular exercise I can do. I need to kick what I’m doing up a notch. When I’ve figured it out, you’ll of course be the first to know. :)

Day 12 Finish Screen

Day 12 Finish Screen

Keeping this one short and sweet, because I’ve got a busy day. See you all again tomorrow!

POUND BY POUND: Day 11 – DailyBurn Glitches

Published August 21, 2014 by Teresa
Worked up another sweat!

Worked up another sweat!

This is the first time I’ll ever have anything negative to say about DailyBurn

*gasp*

:)

So, I told you about needing to change my time zone on my account. I figured that would be the end of any scheduling issues in my program. However, when I tried to do my workout tonight at around 6PM or so, it said that I was on Day 12, which would’ve been Core 1 again. Now, I just did Core 1 yesterday, because I had to flip it with the day before due to the time zone error, so I wasn’t about to do it again. I double-checked my time zone, and sure enough, it’s now on Pacific. So…why is it telling me that it’s tomorrow?

Here’s my program calendar, which shows the entire True Beginner program:

TB Calendar

As you can see, today (the 21st) is Day 11, yet the 22nd is highlighted (the dotted line around the day) for some reason as my “current” workout. So, my finish screen looked like this:

TB Day 11 (NOT Day 12!) Finish Screen.

TB Day 11 (NOT Day 12!) Finish Screen.

Also, 715 calories burned?! I’m sorry – I definitely worked hard – but where is that number coming from? There’s no WAY this workout burns 715 calories on ANYONE. Unless you’re doing the moves with 20 lb weights attached to your arms and feet or something.

Since I’ve completed the True Beginner program once before, I’m not too concerned about it. I’m just going to stick to what the calendar says no matter what the day counter says. I just don’t understand why the site is glitching like this all of a sudden. I’ve never had a problem like this before. I’m wondering if they’re doing maintenance, and hopefully all these kinks will be worked out soon?

Anyway, I did my workout. Huzzah. And for those of you following along, The “Day” in the titles of my blog post will always be the correct number, no matter what my Finish Screen photos say. *sigh*

POUND BY POUND: Day 10 – Right Workout, Wrong Time Zone

Published August 20, 2014 by Teresa
Down on the mat (or the towel) working my core!

Down on the mat (or the towel) working my core!

So, I just finished my DailyBurn True Beginner workout today, and I realized that there’s been a glitch in my day-counting! When I worked out last night, I did it a little after 9PM, not realizing that my DailyBurn account was set for Eastern rather than Pacific. So it gave me Day 10’s workout on Day 9, because it thought I was working out after midnight! In my photo and my blog post from yesterday, you saw Day 10 on my finish screen for Strength and Cardio 1 as well as in my post title (I’ve since corrected the day in my last post)!

When I just went to workout now, and got the same workout as yesterday, I got confused, but then looked at my DailyBurn calendar, figured out my mistake, and corrected the time zone on my account. So, from now on, all my days should be correct!

What I did today was do the workout I should’ve done yesterday, which was Core 1. Whenever I do this workout, I feel it in more and more of my core. I feel the workout spreading from the top of my rib cage all the way through my thighs, which I think is a good thing, considering that one’s “core” is the largest muscle group in the body. Each time, I try to do the exercises a little more deeply than last time, and I guess it’s paying off?

My REAL Day 10 Finish Screen.

My REAL Day 10 Finish Screen.

Anyway, just wanted to keep you updated on today’s workout. Off to run some errands and write some more!

POUND BY POUND: Day 9 – By Night, I Exercise

Published August 19, 2014 by Teresa
Toweling off after my workout.

Toweling off after my workout.

You thought that I didn’t exercise didn’t you? You thought I skipped a day.

Well, YOU WERE WRONG! :)

I slept WAY in today – my sleep pattern’s been off lately, and I woke up for my alarm at 7am, re-set it for 7:30, then turned it off and fell asleep again, finally waking up for good at around 11:30am. Then, I had a work date with some local lady writers that I’ve met through a Lady Writer Facebook Group I’m part of at 2PM. We met at the Burbank Public Library, sat together at a table, and each worked on whatever project we needed to work on (I transcribed an interview for the HotPixel blog) until about 5:30. Then I went for dinner with one of those writers, Jenny, who lives near me and with whom I’m becoming better and better friends every day (she just moved here from Seattle a couple of months ago, and I appointed myself her Welcome to L.A. Ambassador).

Then, I got home, remembered I hadn’t worked out, and decided to do so straight away while I still felt like it. :)

True Beginner Day 10 Finish Screen.

True Beginner Day 10 Finish Screen.

Today was DailyBurn True Beginner Day 9, Strength and Cardio 1, wherein Justin works out with the other group of True Beginners: Sharon, Robert, and Leigh. Just like the other group, I love this one because they each have a different body type and/or different challenges that they’re working with, showing that anyone can get up and get moving. Sharon is a bit bottom-heavy. Robert carries a lot of weight in his stomach. And Leigh, the leanest of the three, is still not ripped. She’s just average weight, and she apparently has a hamstring issue, so she does modified versions of certain exercises a lot so she doesn’t hurt that leg.

That’s the best part about this video series – it encourages you to listen to your body and push yourself safely, and by giving you permission to do the modifications, or to take a break, I find that it inspires and encourages me to push myself a little more, to challenge myself. Whereas, if I were doing a video that were all PUSH THROUGH THE PAIN! I’d be all FUCK YOU! :)

If exercise is going to be a habit for me, it has to be enjoyable. It’s why I stopped doing Couch to 5K. But it’s also why I’ve sought alternatives. It’s why I ride my bike, and walk the hour to work and back, and swim. It’s why I hike, and why I do these DailyBurn videos. Because they’re enjoyable to me, and I would continue doing them regularly whether I wanted to lose weight or not.

I think that, ultimately, that’s what will lose me the weight. Well, that, and eating right. Obviously.

Anyway, in the interest of getting this up before midnight my time, that’s all for now! :) Thanks for sharing my fitness journey with me. I’ve gotten a lot of positive encouragement from a variety of sources, and it really feels good to know that 1) I seem to be on the right track, and 2) I seem to be helping/encouraging others.

Yay!

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