Fitness In Post

Making the transition from assistant to editor is never an easy one. There isn't a roadmap that everyone can follow, everyone's path is different. In today's episode I chat with Minority Report editor Tyler Cook about the steps we believe are important for assistants to follow if they want to sit in the editor's chair someday. This conversation applies to scripted, documentary, reality, marketing, you name it. This is not about technology, it's about what it takes to get noticed.

Although he’s relatively young, Tyler's success did not happen overnight. Tyler worked hard as a college student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a small conservatory for the arts at the University of North Carolina, then transitioned to assisting on indie features and  eventually made his way to scripted television.

I spoke with Tyler about his career path and how he was able to move through the ranks of intern, assistant editor and editor so quickly. Not only does he talk about essential skills an assistant editor needs to make it as an editor, but also how important it is to have a positive work ethic.

Don't have time to listen? Click here for your bonus PDF: Making the Jump from Assistant Editor to Editor

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- Tyler’s background and starting as an assistant editor on indie features

- Essentials skills and ways to demonstrate your passion and dedication

- Tyler’s career trajectory and how he was bumped up on Vampire Diaries

- No excuses! Work hard and do your job well

- How you can demonstrate your passion for the work in your own way

- Take care of the small stuff

- Ask lots of questions and get clarification when you don’t understand something

- You need to pay attention when doing dailies...and everything else! Pay attention to details!

- Storytelling through your sound work

- How vital sound work can be for those watching your cut

- Let your intentions be known, but make sure you do the job you are hired to do

- Do the extra work and go the extra mile to demonstrate your skills and dedication

- Take initiative -- ask your editor if you can shadow him/her (once you’re done with your work)

- How to conduct yourself in the room with directors and producers

- How editors can help train their assistants in a productive and safe way

- Taking care of yourself can make all the difference when you’re trying to make it to the next level

Useful Links:

www.tyleredits.com

Ep 48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 1

Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 2

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep59_TylerCook.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:21am PDT

 The standing desk revolution is upon us, but the number one complaint I hear from those who convert is that the transition is painful, and standing for long periods of time can get uncomfortable very quickly. After years of searching for a solution for myself, I have finally solved these problems thanks to the Topo Mat. This is the best anti-fatigue mat I've ever used. It's literally like a playground for your feet!

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Kit Perkins and Ryan Feeley, the designers of the Topo mat and the CEO and CTO, respectively, of ErgoDriven. We talk about the inspiration for creating the Topo mat, why it isn't just another anti-fatigue mat, and why it promotes more activity throughout the day and alleviates the pains associated with chronic standing. 

 

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  • On Kit and Ryan’s respective backgrounds as engineers
  • Your body as a machine
  • On their passion for changing the standing workstation
  • Where did Topo come from?
  • Why a standing workstation should promote movement but usually doesn't, unless you know how to do it correctly
  • The research phase and how the product was designed
  • Standing can cause just as many health problems as sitting
  • Movement is essential!
  • The prototype phase and how the Topo mat came to be
  • Testing Topo on the masses - flat mat vs. Topo - video: bit.ly/visotopo
  • How the design of Topo keeps you moving and helps promote good posture
  • The issues with standard anti-fatigue mats
  • The half-sphere in the middle...what is it and what do you do with it?
  • The texture of the mat and how they are working to make improvements to it
  • How we started sitting so much and what that has done to our health
  • You need a good sitting to standing transition plan. Start by modifying your current workstation
  • How do I start using Topo? Stand on it and see what happens!

Useful Links:

Purchase your Topo Mat

QuittingSitting.com

Vascular Hemodynamics for Dummies

The Standing Desk Calculator

The Topo Blog

Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

How Is Sitting Bad For You?

Guest Bios:

Kit Perkins | CEO
Kit is a mechanical engineer by degree, and a self-taught entrepreneur, growth hacker, and web developer. With a strong interest in human design and its implications to guide his thirst for knowledge and get-stuff-done mentality, Kit is determined to make the world a healthier, more productive place for everyone.

Ryan Feeley | CTO
Ryan has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a brilliant engineer and burgeoning scientist, Ryan leads product development and validation. On the weekends, you can find him sprinting barefoot and shirtless in his local parks, with myriad home-brew sensors quantifying his body.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep58_TopoMat.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:35pm PDT

"How do I break into the post industry?" or "How can I advance to the next level of my career?" are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this 2-part episode (listen to part 1 here) I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman Hollyn

In the second part of our discussion we specifically talk about different strategies and tactics to build or expand your network of contacts as well as how to enhance your skill set to make sure it meets your employers' needs or your own personal needs.

Even if you're already firmly set in your chosen field, Norman has some great advice on how to set goals, realize your potential, and take your career to the next level.

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If you haven't listened to part one of this two part podcast you can listen here.

  • Develop your skill set and then build your network of people
  • Consider looking for work and networking your full time job
  • Use online resources, industry magazines, etc
  • How to use Facebook and Twitter to help you make connections
  • Put yourself out there and make yourself valuable to people
  • Make sure you continue to hone your craft and advance your skill set
  • Find out what you don’t know and get good feedback!
  • Should you take free work?
  • People skills and social skills are more important than you think
  • Part of advancing in your career is being able to make choices
  • Re-evaluating your goals is growth
  • Being fiscally responsible will give you more choices and give you the freedom to take work that’s valuable to your career and not necessarily your bank account
  • To be happy it’s important to acknowledge that third circle: Personal needs
  • Write down your intentions and focus -- no matter how many drafts it takes!

Useful Links:

IMDb.com

Below the Line crew listings

A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout

"I Was A 25-Year-Old Curmudgeon"

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep57_NormanHollynPt2.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:28pm PDT

"How do I break into the post industry?" or "How can I advance to the next level of my career?" are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this episode I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman Hollyn

In the first part of this two part marathon interview we discuss the first steps to breaking into post production and landing your dream job. While every single person's path will be different, we do our best to distill the process down to the most basic steps that anyone can follow regardless of how specific they want to be about what type of job they want.

Even if you're already firmly set in your chosen field, Norman has some great advice on how to set goals, realize your potential, and take your career to the next level.

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- Basic simple core concepts that lead to success in this industry

- “Everybody creates their own path”

- Work hard to put yourself in a place where luck can work for you

- Before you do anything -- focus on your intentions

- Map out your three circles

- What skills do you have? Figure out what you are good at and do it!

- The importance of learning how to tell a story vs. learning the tools

- Examine your own personal needs

- Finding your path

- Breaking down goals

- Re-evaluating your goals

- It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure you WANT to be doing it

- After you’ve built and determined your skillset it’s time to work on building your network

Useful Links:

'That Post Show' podcast with Alan Bell and Zack Arnold

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep56_NormanHollynPt1.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT

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