James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.
From the film’s IndieGo page:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.
Starting to run seems like a daunting task. You see people running on a treadmill or outside who can run 3+ miles like it is nothing and when you run you can only run a couple minutes without needing to stop. If you want to get into running, here are some tips.
Start with run/walks.
You will be able to run longer, feel stronger, and remain injury free if you start by adding short bouts of running to a walk. As it gets easier, you can increase the amount of time you spend running. There are many programs that will help you decide your run/walk ratio.
Don’t go too fast too soon.
Although you might not want to, it is better to go at a good pace for you’re able to maintain. If you start running too fast too soon or too long too soon, you are more prone to injury. Injuries can range from shin splints, IT band syndrome, and runner’s knee. You can build up the time you spend running and walking by increasing the time by no more than 10 percent from week to week.
Listen to your body.
As much as your mind wants to go all out, your body might not be ready to. Pay attention to the different kinds of soreness you are feeling. Any sharp pains that are persistent or worsen as you walk/run or even go about your daily activities are signs that you should not ignore. If they last more than three days, you should see your doctor.
Invest in the gear.
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to run, but you do need a good pair of shoes. Improper shoes or worn out shoes can lead to injury. Find a pair that offers the support and fit that your feet need. Shoes can get expensive but it is better to spend $100 on a pair of shoes than multiple hundreds on medical bills. Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles.
Find the right route for you.
There are so many places where you can run and you need to find the right place for you. Treadmills offer more cushion than pavements. Tracks offer a flat and traffic free path that allows you to measure your distance. On most tracks, 4 laps is equivalent to 1 mile. Forests and other trails are beautiful but can be harder on your body.
Maintain good form.
Keep your elbows flexed at 90 degrees, hands relaxed, and imagine that you are walking tall. Look straight ahead at the horizon and avoid looking down.
Many of the changes you make won’t be visible the first couple of weeks. You won’t be able to go from the couch to a 5k in a week. As time goes on, you will start to see the changes.
This is a good post for anyone who wants to get into running <3
When recovery is not all yoga mats
and tea and avocados, it is work.
It is listening to your body rather
than pretending not to hear her.
It is waking up so hungry, you are
nauseous, but swallowing breakfast
anyways. It is taking an hour to eat a
snack. It is your stomach throwing a
tantrum and telling the acidic voice
in your head she has the wrong address.
Trying to ignore the caloric calculator in my head is like trying to ignore television subtitles.
Every time you asked if I was full, I heard you say fat, and I’m trying, trying so hard not to do that.
This is teaching my body how to forgive.
This is teaching my brain how to apologize.