Mon, 14 December 2015
When asked what my secret weapon to being a successful editor is, the answer might surprise you: It's yoga.
As editors we are tasked with the responsibility of not only being good at our craft but also collaborating with producers and directors in a professional, positive and energetic manner, no matter what creative challenges are thrown our way. Psychologically managing egos and larger-than-life personalities is often more than half our job!
In this episode I have a conversation with Ally Hamilton, an author and Santa Monica-based yoga instructor who streams online yoga classes all over the world. Our conversation is about how yoga can help anyone develop more creative focus and manage difficult situations and personalities, in our out of the edit suite.
Without yoga as a staple activity in my life I would not be able to survive the pressures of being an editor every day. You'll be surprised to find it's much easier to get the physical and mental benefits of yoga than you may think. No pretzel stretches necessary. Promise.
Our show sponsors:
- My secret weapon to a successful career
- Ally’s new book: Open Randomly
- Ally’s background on how she opened her own yoga studio and started streaming yoga videos
- Ally’s big social media discovery
- How yoga helped Ally through her own life crises
- How Ally’s website became a successful blog with over 200,000 readers
- Why Ally decided to write a book and where her ideas came from
- The community that is formed in the virtual world (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc)
- Yoga as a tool for self-improvement, enlightenment and BETTER EDITING
- “How you do anything is how you do everything”
- Ask: what is the relationship you have with yourself?
- When you strengthen your “inner-cheerleader” on your mat, you strengthen that same voice in your life
- If you are miserable, you will take your misery with you wherever you go, whether in your edit suite or a vacation in Bali
- Figure out how to leave a situation where you are being mistreated
- Tune in and listen to what your body needs! You only get one!
- Do you want to let the negativity (people mistreat me, my producer is rude, bad things always happen to me) rule your life or do you want to begin to create a new perspective rooted in positivity, compassion and forgiveness? Yoga can help.
- How yoga can help you hone your focus on what you’re doing and be more present with your producers and directors
- How to create positive energy in your edit suite
- How to listen to your body and emotions to create more positive reactions to adversity
- Practicing yoga will help you get rid of that internal critic. We have enough people doing that to us, we don’t need to do it to ourselves!
- Yoga is life on your mat
- Yoga exercises your biceps, your core, AND your emotional well-being
- Yogis Anonymous is available worldwide for people at all levels of their practice!
- Start your yoga practice with only five minutes of stretching!
Ally Hamilton is a Santa Monica-based yoga teacher, writer and life coach, who streams online yoga classes all over the world. She's the co-creator of YogisAnonymous.com, which has been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She's a regular contributor for The Huffington Post, a wellness expert at mindbodygreen, and writes an almost-daily blog at http://blog.yogisanonymous.com. She's the mama of two amazing kids and one energetic Labradoodle. She’s very excited about her first book, “Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul”, now available on Amazon.com, and her next book, “Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace” due from Llewellyn Worldwide in 2016.
Wed, 9 December 2015
Film school or no film school is a hotly debated topic in the world of filmmaking and a topic I discuss at length in this episode with Eddie Hamilton, editor of such Hollywood tentpole films as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, X-Men First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kickass. After working his way up from a runner to editor in only 6 months at a post production facility specializing in sports journalism, he spent the next twenty years of his career working on independent films until his big break when he became an "overnight success."
Eddie is incredibly passionate about the work that he does. In this episode we talk about how Eddie keeps his mind and body sharp. We cover a wide range of topics including his path to success, why film school may not be the best option, his habits and routines as well as how working in the US is different than working overseas. See below for more information.
Our show sponsors:
- Eddie on his “overnight” success story
- Eddie’s background and how his love of film began at seven-years-old
- How to recover from rejection
- His first job in post and how he moved up from a runner to editor in only six months!
- His big break: working with Matthew Vaughn
- Editing with VHS recorders
- The benefits of a background in film theory
- Is grad school worth the time and money?
- A day in the life of Eddie Hamilton
- His focus on diet and exercise while working
- The sacrifices necessary to succeed in this industry
- His process for cutting scenes
- The meals and snacks he chooses throughout the day...chocolate included
- How easy it can be to get some exercise into your day -- you don’t need to do it all!
- Good eating habits at work
- Standing vs. sitting
- How what you eat can affect your work for the day
- “To be the best you have to be in good physical shape and good mental shape”
- The differences between working in the US versus other countries
- If you want to succeed more than everyone else, you will succeed!
Mon, 30 November 2015
Walter Murch is a legend in the film editing world, having edited such recent films as Tomorrowland, Cold Mountain, and The English Patient, as well as some of the most historic and legendary films of all time including Apocalypse Now and The Godfather III. He is also the author (or subject) of several of the most influential texts ever written on the art and science of film editing including 'In the Blink of an Eye,' 'The Conversations,' and my personal favorite editing book of all time, 'Behind the Seen.'
To put it simply, without Walter Murch there would be no Fitness In Post. It was a single picture of Walter standing at his workstation that inspired my personal development journey almost ten years ago. In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics about how he has maintained his health and longevity and survived over 5 decades in the film industry.
You can't survive 50 years in post-production working on some of the biggest films of all time without knowing how to take care of yourself, and Walter talks all about his daily routines, how he prepares for upcoming projects, and many other topics listed below.
This is episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone hoping to have a long-lasting and successful career as an editor.
Our show sponsors:
- My first encounter with Walter and the impact his books had on my career
- Walter’s approach to health and wellness while working long hours
- Walter’s process for getting his brain and body ready for the next job
- The importance of capturing ideas (and how to capture them)
- How timing the script can help you really inhabit a story
- Walk as much as possible!
- The history of Walter's standing workstation
- The science behind standing and moving during your day
- How taking a lunch break is actually MORE productive
- Tools you can use to help with the ergonomics of standing
- The proper food to fuel your body
- The best way to approach sleep
- “The CIA uses sleep deprivation as torture. Let’s not torture ourselves.”
- How the industry has changed in the last forty years--from film to digital
- What it means to be an editor in today’s world with today’s technology
- The differences between working in documentary versus scripted
- Walter’s thoughts on being “below the line”
- Rebounding from working a long job, aka recovering from “hiatus flu”
Essential tools for a standing workstation: