Every Second Counts: OPT Trailer

March 11, 2009 5:59 PM

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Yes, the Movie is still being finalized. It's very close. It has already been invited to three film festivals. They are working on getting the DVDs finalized. Here is what Carey Peterson (one of the directors) posted on the main site comments the other day:

The wait is nearly over. I know it seems like you have been hearing that forever, but this truly is the case now. The movie itself is DONE. We are now working out the final bits and logistics of distribution (DVD construction, cover artwork, etc). At the same time we are submitting the film to a few dozen film festivals around the world with the hope of exposing more people to the amazing program and community that is CrossFit. Stay tuned as we hear back from festivals. We will be sure to announce screening dates, time, places, etc. as soon as we get this information Attending one of these festivals may be one of the best ways to first see the movie (big screen, real theater sound,etc) and one of the best ways to support the movie and CF. How cool would it be to pack out theaters around the world with amped up CFers?

Some of you may have heard about or been at one of the 'test screenings' over the last few months where a few lucky folks were able to get an early, sneak-peak at various unfinished versions of the movie. Until this week, the movie was not in it's complete and finished form and almost no one has seen the finished version.

Sevan and I want this film to be finished and available to the community and world more than anyone. This has been a labor of love for both of us for the last 8+ months. During that time there has been only a handful of days where hours and hours of work weren't being put into the movie. We are crushing this movie, and it is actually being completed on a pace and schedule that is incredibly fast for a project of this size.

We are stoked on the enthusiasm that the community has for the pending release of the movie.

Hang tight. It's coming and it will be worth the wait.

OPT Trailer video ... [wmv] [mov]

51 comments on this entry.

1. Richard Vanmeerbeek wrote...

March 11, 2009 6:43 PM

Can't wait to watch that !!!

2. Sweeney wrote...

March 11, 2009 7:23 PM

I get chills every time I see one of these trailers...

3. Katrina Burton wrote...

March 11, 2009 7:30 PM

One of the best trailers... maybe because it is of one of my favorite CrossFit "celebs". Really motivating leading up to the qualifiers for th 2009 CF Games.
Are we going to see a movie about the women of CrossFit based on this year's games? :)

4. gaucoin wrote...

March 11, 2009 8:07 PM

I am just covered in goosebumps right now. Bring it!

5. josh everett wrote...

March 11, 2009 8:08 PM

James is the prototype for what a crossfit athlete should be. Through watching & talking with James I've learned that crossfit is and can be a sport and not just a fitness program that looks like sport. If you want to know the lifestyle & commitment you need to live to achieve your potential (for anything sports/buisness/fatherhood) you'll spend some time analyzing Fitzgerald.
Much respect my brother in fitness.

6. JoeyG wrote...

March 11, 2009 8:25 PM

This trailer made me more excited than yesterday's "Hecho en CrossFit" photo.

7. D. CROOKS wrote...

March 11, 2009 8:28 PM

I think Josh pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Although there are many great athletes in the Crossfit community, I don't there are many (if any), who have a level of commitment as high as Jame's (from what I've observed anyways).

Keep up the hard work James, you have many future and present crossfitters to inspire for years to come.

8. Zach M wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:10 PM

I seem to remember being told that this would be released as early as Jan 9th. Sevan, I can't wait any longer! What gives?!

9. sevan wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:14 PM

Hey Zach,

So we still have 9 months.

We are moving as fast as possible. SOON!


10. Jake R. wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:16 PM

Are you eff'n kidding me? I wanted so much more. The trailer was too short. hahaha This movie is going to rock!

11. ec wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:31 PM


im with zach! please. now.

12. Matt Solomon wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:34 PM

I've watched the Josh Everett trailer and full trailer, about 1000 times. I get fired up each and every time.

Can't wait to see it....

13. Matt Solomon wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:36 PM

Carey and Sevan,

can you make sure the movie is released in Australia at (or near) the same time as its USA release? I don't know how all these things work, or why, but massive amounts of 'big box office' movies get released in Aus 3-6 months after they open every where else. I don't think I could take it....seriously, every second counts.

14. Tom N wrote...

March 11, 2009 9:45 PM

I was extremely lucky enough to see this at FilFest and now can't wait to see the finished version! The one we saw last month as affiliate owners was first rate in every way and will crush any film festival competition. Great work and the CF community will love this for sure.

15. me wrote...

March 11, 2009 10:12 PM

Are there women featured in this movie? I heard somewhere that someone said there weren't. Seems odd. Can you clear it up?

16. Kurt wrote...

March 11, 2009 10:32 PM

I have nothing to do with this film festival (so it's not a formal invite).

OPT's hometown has a film fest in September. I'd dig a chance to get to see it play in the CIFF! And considering it was partly filmed here...

This is the submission page at their website.


Good luck with the film! (And I hope to see it in the CIFF!)

17. Nolan wrote...

March 12, 2009 12:54 AM

I CAN'T WAIT!!! I hope I'll have access here in the Netherlands the same time as in the states!

18. Blair Lowe wrote...

March 12, 2009 3:13 AM

Nice trailer. OPT is a machine. He's like the T-1000. Just hoping cause I'm in Norcal there will be a film festival somewhere around here with the movie somewhere in the Bay or maybe even Sacto.

19. Mark Lee wrote...

March 12, 2009 4:50 AM

Everything with OPT is inspirational. His CrossFit Radio interview was CrossFit scripture.

20. bingo wrote...

March 12, 2009 4:54 AM

I had the pleasure to meeting James, his bride, and Geoff Aucoin (Gee Ohcoin!) at the Games. Can anyone forget the thrill of OPT's sub-7 "Helen" at the original HQ? Well, watching him (and Josh, and Speal, etc.) at the Games last summer topped that by a mile.

Can't wait to see the movie Sevan and Carey!

Can't wait to see the sequel this summer either OPT!

21. Tim Law wrote...

March 12, 2009 5:34 AM

Love it. Any plans for Blu-ray?

22. Jim Galon wrote...

March 12, 2009 6:02 AM

"I've got that mentality that I'll die on the mat if I have to" (OPT).


23. josh everett wrote...

March 12, 2009 6:15 AM

rumor has it that the reason the release of the movie has been delayed is Sevan decided take a break and do "linda". Rather than going his usual route and scaling the wts down to that of a 2nd grade girl Sevan decided to do linda rxd and 3 months later he is now closing on on the round of 1. Don't worry he should fly through that round and get back to working on the movie.

24. Vic Cruz, CF Ramstein wrote...

March 12, 2009 6:16 AM

I cannot say how much ive been waiting for this movie, when ever there is a metcon day I have to watch josh everett's trailer it amps me and prepares me for sucess. "every second counts" movie crew Congrats and thanks for all you hard work you put in to this project!

25. sevan wrote...

March 12, 2009 6:25 AM


That scene with you in the pink tutu, that we edited OUT - Is going back in!

26. CFer Jon wrote...

March 12, 2009 7:25 AM

I have been waiting for a release date for soooo long!!! this article did top yesterday, very clsoe race...man what an a_ _ ! This article gave me the chills and is amping me up for the qualifier...3..2..1 GO!

27. Zach M wrote...

March 12, 2009 7:38 AM

Very clever Sevan, but I'm pretty sure it was Jan 9th, 2009, not 2010 haha.

28. Walter_Sobchak wrote...

March 12, 2009 8:46 AM

That shit would be amazing on the big screen. YAYAAAA!!!

March 12, 2009 9:25 AM

No doubt brother, every time I watch the "every second counts" videos I get amped and ready to rip it up!

Survival of the fittest!

March 12, 2009 10:14 AM

Fantastic clip!

Sevan, have you wrapped up Linda yet? We're all hyped here, let's get on with the show!

31. squib wrote...

March 12, 2009 10:19 AM

Awesome shot at Sevan. That is one of my fav vids of Sevan getting smoked by that little girl....hilarious...

March 12, 2009 10:23 AM

Great clip - see you in California James!

33. Shaun White wrote...

March 12, 2009 10:39 AM

Please, Please, Please....make sure you have loads of dvd copies....I don't want to wait too long!

Lets hope OPT is there for the 2009 games...will the wods this year favour his bodytype or will they favour Jason Ks'...or will another "rookie" emerge?
One thing I'm sure of though Josh E will be there or thereabouts!

34. merle wrote...

March 12, 2009 11:23 AM

I saw a sneak preview at the affliates gathering in Austin. It was outstanding. Can't wait to get a copy of the finished product.

crossfit USA

35. gaucoin wrote...

March 12, 2009 1:33 PM

Can we pre-order??

36. Chris wrote...

March 12, 2009 2:53 PM

Oh sure, post this on a rest day. Now I'm all amped up and want to go hit a WOD. ;) Can't wait for the movie to come out.

37. CraigH wrote...

March 12, 2009 3:18 PM

Don't forget your hometown boys at DCF when you get ready to show that movie in the Bay Area! I've seen a rough cut and loved it. Good work, S&K!

March 12, 2009 4:00 PM

Hey whatever happened to Annie?

She was (and i'm sure still is) a badass.

39. Clint Horsley wrote...

March 12, 2009 4:38 PM

Hey i have a DVD manufacturing company, and I am a member of Crossfit wilmington, Crossfit has done so much for me i would love to do the DVD replication at a cut rate cost for crossfit to help raise more money to do more of this. If anyone knows who i could contact to talk with about this please email me or give them my contact info. Thanks Clint email me at clint@rlxmedia.com

40. Brandon M. wrote...

March 13, 2009 4:29 AM

Good luck. We'll see if Jason or Josh have anything to say. I figure there are a few unknowns out there as well.

41. Jim MacDonald wrote...

March 13, 2009 8:05 AM

Unreal..... can't wait to see this!!!

42. Lenora Barry wrote...

March 13, 2009 8:13 AM

Wow! Great trailer. Can't wait to see the movie. I am very proud of you James!

43. Spider Chick wrote...

March 13, 2009 9:01 AM

I'm still a bit hoarse from screaming for you at The Games. Where you lead, I follow.

44. Chris wrote...

March 13, 2009 9:11 AM

Someone should contact me about this movie - I'm a crossfitter in New York, and I work for a film sales agency named Cinetic Media (we sold Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, etc.) This movie sounds like a great fit for our digital division. Please email me - chris@cineticmedia.com

45. JB - CrossFit SS wrote...

March 13, 2009 11:44 AM

I was two seconds from saying this to the group at FilFest, but this is an outstanding creative accomplishment.

With all the other superlatives that it deserves, "Every Second Counts" is a very clear and accurate depiction of what CrossFit is. Not slogans and sweat angels, but the core values of a powerfully transformative lifestyle.

This isn't a workout movie. This is a layered character study to which any person can relate, and gain inspiration. In our eyes, it is already a success, and to the rest of the world it will be the first major media impression of what CrossFit really means.

Phenomenal accomplishment guys. Thank you.

46. BK wrote...

March 14, 2009 3:33 PM

Seeing the preview at the Affiliate gathering sent chills for the whole movie...its sick!.
The world of CrossFit is coming to town , and is going to blow the ''fitness'' industry apart.

47. Joey Mac wrote...

March 17, 2009 8:50 PM

Sevan, I think if anyone could pull-off the pink tutu and still be a bad-ass it might be Everett! He is one of those "nice guys" you would make the mistake of f-ing with whilst hammering the lager a tad bit too much and end up thrown thru a plate glass window. (via a quick and powerful "snatch" that many did not know could be used for self defense purposes) Sport the tutu to the games Josh, I'll start the pool... I think I could spare a $10 spot to see him do the WOD in a tutu. Anyone else donate to that cause???

April 28, 2009 10:45 PM

Hey Crossfit Athletes! Come watch the Los Angeles World Premiere of Every Second Counts at the Action On Film International Film Festival July 24, 2009 in Pasadena Also check out the cool Every Second Counts Sweepstakes. Support Crossfit and this film at the coolest screenings and best parties ever. www.aoffest.com

49. Olivia wrote...

July 2, 2009 11:28 PM

Just saw it. It's a good look into the lives of the athletes featured, but mostly I was left wondering - where are the women? The film makes it seem like we just aren't there at all, or we're the wives who pat the men on the back when they have a hard time... wtf? Crossfit Games isn't a mens-only competition. If Jason Khalipa is the fittest person on earth, is Caity Matter just chopped liver? Just seems a very strange choice, and to be honest, rather alienating.

50. katrina wrote...

July 31, 2009 8:07 AM

here, here, olivia! i just watched the movie last night and was really angry by the end of it. the only shots of women were gratuitous T&A shots or supporting men in their hard work while standing beautifully by. very disappointed. i had to google the topic today and found this post, very late obviously.

51. Catlyn wrote...

August 1, 2009 2:44 PM

Again, late to the party, but I have to weigh in with Olivia and Katrina here. I just saw the film last night and to have not included any of the high performing women as central figures in the film seems like a terrible and unfortunate oversight. I assume this means a sequel is being planned? :)