Fitness In Post

Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? And seriously, what the heck does that have to do with building teams anyway?

Why do some teams with similar talent levels succeed and others simply maintain? Why are some families more connected while others are pulling in opposite directions? And why do some companies expand with excitement and others just limp along? CULTURE.

Globally celebrated author, speaker, and though leader Jason Barger has spent years aiming to answer these very questions and more, and he has developed the framework for improving your work culture (as well as all other areas of your life) in his new book 'Thermostat Cultures.'

If you're tired of working for a company or a team that values "busy work" above being productive and actually getting things done, this episode is a must-listen.

If you're exhausted by constant disagreements either with your co-workers (or your spouse or partner) and you want a simple framework to find common ground and move forwards with purpose, this episode is a must-listen.

And most importantly, if you're tired of setting goals and resolutions that never stick and you want 2017 to be different, this episode is a must-listen.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Jason's experience traveling the world, building houses, and living in airports
  • The interesting ways that observations of airport behavior can apply to daily life
  • Focusing on group compatibility over individual strength
  • The important difference between "Thermometer Mode" and "Thermostat Mode"
  • Learning to promote a work culture of clarity, support, and empowerment
  • Working smarter not harder
  • Setting standards as a community rather than obeying rules
  • Learning to step back an assess before taking steps towards your goals
  • Collaborating within a mission statement
  • The need to Assess, Align, and Articulate in order to build the kind of work culture where you want to achieve your goals together
  • How you can apply these principles to personal relationships

Useful Links:

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Jason Barger

Guest Bio:

Jason Barger is a globally celebrated author, speaker, and leadership consultant. His latest book "Thermostat Cultures" launched on 11/17/16 and is receiving a fabulous response!

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep104_JasonBarger.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:44pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post The Freelancer's Guide to Building a Dynamic Workstation On the Go.

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break.

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself "5X Challenge"

Blog Post: Ready to Blow Your Paycheck on the Perfect Chair? Read This First.

Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't The Answer

How To Protect Your Number One Asset: Creativity

Fip Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

FiP Ep83: How being Sedentary Is Killing You with Joan Vernikos

Pivot Seat

Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer

Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell (15 LB)

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_blog308_PortableWorkstation.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PST

Let's face it: Working in intensely competitive and exhausting creative jobs is hard. Just getting by is often all that's possible, so the mere thought of trying to eat healthy while on a budget, follow the proper career path when all you need right now is a paycheck, and (God forbid) have a personal life outside of your job is downright terrifying.

In the latest installment of the Q&A podcast series Natalie Boschan and I tackle these subjects and more.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Optimizing your nutrition on a budget
  • Learning to batch-prep your food
  • Zack's tips for new editors navigating the industry
  • Natalie and Zack's approach to food prepping
  • Organizing your grocery list with prices by location
  • How to redirect your career path toward your goals
  • Natalie's early experiences with the post-production industry
  • Setting boundaries for using technology at home
  • Balancing your personal life with a film industry job
  • Zack's experience traversing the strange world of online dating
  • Being honest with the people in your life about your time commitments

Useful Links:

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FiP Question Submission

Athletic Greens

Advancement

FiP Ep39: Quick & Easy Meal Preparation with Jessa Greenfield

FiP Ep48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

FiP 56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 1

FiP 57: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 2

FiP Ep61: Do you Really Need to Go to Film School?

FiP Ep66: How to Systematize Meal Planning

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep103_QA.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:50pm PST

"How are you?" is a phrase you most likely ask dozens a time per day, but let's be honest: Most of the time it's just a formality. When is the last time you really asked this question of others, and even more importantly, when is the last time you asked this question to yourself?

Rather than celebrate the 100th episode of this podcast with fanfare or a fancy celebrity guest, I chose instead to dig deep into the still-taboo topic of mental health with two of my original Fitness In Post beta members from when the program first began in early 2014.

My guests for this episode are editor Monica Daniel and editor turned workflow specialist Kylee Peña, and we discuss the current state of mental health in post-production, the recent tragic death of a fellow member of the post-production community who worked with Monica, and how we can continue to support each other in an industry that chews creative professionals up and spits them out with little care for their well being.

This week's episode may not be a super fun topic, but I promise it's an important one you don't want to miss.

As I say at the end of every episode (and mean sincerely), thank you for listening for the last 100 episodes, I'm just getting started.

Be well.

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Reflecting back on 100 episodes of Fitness in Post
  • How to manage your mental health at a sedentary job
  • Learning to be open to mental health discussions
  • Surrounding yourself with a supportive community
  • Learning that therapy is not just for crazy people
  • Offering a safe space for mental health conversations with the people around you
  • Becoming aware of when you're exhausted and taking the breaks you need
  • Learning that mental exhaustion is a product of your environment and not a personal failure
  • Monitoring your sleep, general activity, and how your work conditions are affecting you physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • Valuing yourself in a work culture that says you're dispensable
  • Viewing mental health issues the same way we view physical illnesses
  • Mental illness is not something you have to deal with alone

Useful Links:

Enjoying The Show? Leave A Rating And Review HERE To Enter Our BorisFx Sweepstakes

FiP Question Submission

Athletic Greens

FiP Facebook Group

Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel has edited various genres of television that have been broadcast worldwide over the last decade. She is known for her “sh*tting sparkles” slogan from her award show red carpet work. She recently transitioned from editing reality television into a high level scripted network show, and our conversation today breaks down her journey and how you can walk away with actionable steps to make the same transition, regardless of your situation.

Originally from the Midwest, Kylee Peña spent six years as an editor in Indianapolis and Atlanta, working on projects ranging from PBS shows to independent films. She then branched out into post production technology in Los Angeles, applying her knowledge of a working editorial department to the technical and creative aspects of workflow design on shows like CBS's Scorpion and Jane the Virgin on The CW. A Women in Film member, she's also an advocate for gender equality in post, having spoken on the topic on numerous podcasts, in classrooms, and at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in 2015.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep100_MonicaAndKylie.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:07am PST

If you think your deadlines are tight, think again. Imagine waking up Wednesday morning knowing you have a 2-3 minute piece airing on national television in 3 days...and it hasn't even been shot yet. This is the life of SNL editor Adam Epstein who routinely turns around amazing trailers, spoof commercials, music videos, and parodies for SNL week after week under insane deadlines.

In this episode Adam and I talk about his rise to being the senior film editor at Saturday Night Live, how he manages incredibly short turnarounds, and most importantly his ninja tricks for being as efficient as humanly possible to ensure his cuts never miss an air date (but he's definitely come close).

Adam was kind enough to even provide screenshots of his digital workspace, bins and timelines. In the bonus guide for this episode you can learn how Adam:

• Organizes his media to access it fast and efficiently
• Lays out the different windows in his digital workspace
• "Pancakes" multiple timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro to edit infinitely faster than working with a single timeline.

Click here to download the bonus guide with all the screenshots

Want to win a 1-year subscription to either Boris Continuum Complete, Mocha Pro, or Sapphire? All you have to do is take 2 minutes and Leave a review for the podcast in iTunes. We're drawing 3 random winners on December 1st, so don't wait too long! These prizes courtesy of our brand new sponsor Boris FX.

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Adam's early experiences with filmmaking and his career trajectory toward editing SNL
  • How successful movie-making requires good relationships
  • Cutting with Video Toaster
  • Swinging between short-form and long-form editing
  • The SNL weekly workflow
  • Why Adam edits SNL pieces chronologically, integrating sound and graphics as he goes
  • Avoiding being pigeon-holed into one genre of work
  • Choosing the editing software that works for you
  • Learning to start projects with "confidence keystones"
  • How a history in short-form editing informs long-form work
  • The importance of having a consistent workflow
  • Zack's "hit-by-the-bus theory"
  • Stacking timelines to increase efficiency
  • How Adam's renders can keep up with SNL's crazy pace

Useful Links:

Enjoying The Show? Leave A Rating And Review HERE To Enter Our BorisFx Sweepstakes

FiP Question Submission

Athletic Greens

FiP Facebook Group

Adam's Site

Guest Bio:

Senior Film editor at SNL (8th season at the show)
Documentary Now! editor
Commercial Editor at PS260
Currently cutting Why We're Killing Gunther
32 city post-production tour "The Cutting Edge"
Made of some carbon.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep99_AdamEpstein.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:55pm PST

A common question I get from listeners and readers is, "How can I survive the graveyard shift, and what strategies can I use to maintain my fitness and health working late at night?" We answer this question and more in the latest edition of the Q&A podcast, as well as sharing why if you are working a late night shift you should quit your job as soon as humanly possible because of how it's destroying your health and well being. And no...you can't just "sleep it off" when you're done.

We also talk about ways you can dress properly if you plan to be active at the office (no funny "toe shoes" necessary), as well as what you should really focus on to maximize recovery after doing a grueling event like a marathon or a Spartan Race.

Want to win a 1-year subscription to either Boris Continuum Complete, Mocha Pro, or Sapphire? All you have to do is take 2 minutes and Leave a review for the podcast in iTunes. We're drawing 3 random winners on December 1st, so don't wait too long! These prizes courtesy of our brand new sponsor Boris FX.

Want us to answer you question on a future podcast and get yourself a Fitness In Post t-shirt and also be eligible to win a month's supply of my favorite greens supplement on the planet Athletic Greens?

Just submit your questions here.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How to settle back into a training routine after an intense event
  • Natalie's training and diet transition
  • Ice Baths, Coconut water, Vital Fuel, and staying energized during extreme activity
  • Dressing for activity at the office
  • How to maintain an active mindset and prioritize health during your work day
  • Are Vibram five fingers for you?
  • What to look for while shopping for non-restrictive clothing
  • Staying active and healthy while working a night shift
  • The science of sunlight, sleep, and how they work together

Useful Links:

FiP Question Submission

Athletic Greens

FiP Facebook Group

Mark Sisson: Vibram Five Fingers

Vibram Women's Training Shoe

Vibram Men's Training Shoe

Topo Anti-Fatigue Mat

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep98_QA_Nov16.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:51pm PST

The following is a reading of my guest blog post Essential Tools For The Ultimate Post-Production Workflow written for Wipster.com.

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break.

Useful Links: 

Trello

Lynda Trello Tutorial

Post-Production with Trello

The Checklist Manifesto

Google Drive

Slack

Optimize Yourself

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

 

Direct download: FiP_WipsterBlog.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Academy Award nominated film editor Carol Littleton has edited such legendary films as E.T., The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, Benny & Joon, and The Manchurian Candidate...just to name a very select few. She has watched the Hollywood post-production industry evolve from the days of film editing until today's reliance on 100% digital technology.

Not only has Carol lived through the evolution of technology, but she has also lived through over 40 years of working long hours under intense deadlines on some of the biggest films in the history of cinema, and she has not only survived but thrived. She is vibrant, positive, energetic, and still incredibly healthy at this stage in her career. And in this episode we chat extensively about the choices that Carol has made throughout her career to place her health & well-being first, and how that has translated to better performance in the edit suite.

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Carol's journey into the film industry
  • Working with Steven Spielberg and editing E.T.
  • The evolution of the editing process from film to digital
  • How being thorough with dailies can save you time in the long run
  • Adapting the physicality of film editing to the digital work space in order to enhance cognitive functions
  • How to combat the artificial "busy-ness" of the film industry
  • Learning to avoid being sedentary and use your energy efficiently
  • Mentally tying your diet to you productive output
  • Finding small ways to physically tax your body and refresh your mind
  • Turning your work into exercise
  • Making healthier choices with the 80/20 rule
  • Why leaving your computer for meals can greatly improve creative output

Useful Links:

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Carol Littleton IMDB

Optimize Yourself Program

Fitness in Post Amazon Link

FiP Question Submission

Athletic Greens

Guest Bio:

Carol Littleton, A.C.E. is one of Hollywood’s most talented and successful film editors. Her editing career spans 40 years, with more than 40 feature films to her credit. Littleton received an Academy Award nomination in 1982 for Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: the Extraterrestrial. Other films she has edited include Places in the Heart, Tuesdays With Morrie (Emmy Award for editing) and the restoration of Erich Von Stoheim’s 1926 classic, Greed.  In 1994, she edited CHINA MOON, the directorial debut of her husband, noted cinematographer John Bailey, A.S.C. Ms. Littleton has two other passions in life: music and nature.  Throughout her college years, she played oboe in various chamber groups and orchestras and still has an abiding love of concert music.  Her formative years growing up in rural Oklahoma, gave her an intimate love of nature. Healthy, hands-in-the-dirt gardening and lug-soled hiking are the perfect antidotes for the dark editing room. 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep97_CarolLittleton.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:43pm PST

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control there is no new episode this week, but to keep you moving until the show returns next week, I have provided links to two brand new podcast interviews I did for other shows with over 90 minutes of free content to help you become more active, energized, and creative at your workstations.

I hope you find these interviews helpful and inspirational, and I appreciate your patience and understanding. I'll see you next week.

» Click here to listen to my interview with 'The Cutting Room'

» Click here to listen to my interview with 'Terence and Philip'

 

Be well.
Zack Arnold

Direct download: FiP_NoEpThisWeek_ISuck.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am PST

By now it's no secret that sitting is bad for you, but after listening to today's episode you may get a clearer picture of how dangerous it really can be. More importantly, you might learn some really cool new ways to do something about it if you live a dominantly sedentary lifestyle.

In this episode I chat with Ryan Fiorenzi, a black belt in Kung Fu and a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (the first BJJ black belt in the state of Michigan). In addition to his martial arts experience, Ryan also founded the website called startstanding.org that has a very similar mission to my own: To teach people how dangerous being sedentary all long is, and then provide you the tools to do something about it.

Several years ago Ryan suffered a back injury, and while spending years dealing with debilitating pain, he discovered it wasn't so much the injury as it was his sedentary lifestyle outside of martial arts that was causing all of his pain. You'll learn all about his discoveries and how you can apply them to your own life.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How Ryan's background in martial arts inspired his passion for daily movement
  • Learning to manage chronic pain and finding proper chiropractic help
  • The origin of Startstanding.org
  • Short-term vs. Long-term solutions for back pain
  • How sitting poorly can negate all of your positive lifestyle choices
  • Finding a chiropractor/massage therapist who will assess you individually
  • Adjusting your sleeping habits to improve your chronic pain
  • Avoiding the common errors of adjusting to a standing workstation
  • Using the pain/pleasure principle to assess your fitness goals
  • Focusing on cognitive and creative functionality more than simply body image

Enjoying The Show? Leave A Rating And Review HERE

FiP Q&A Submissions

Athletic Greens

Optimize Yourself Program

Start Standing

30 Day Standing Challenge

Cervical Pillow

FiP Ep64: How to Diagnose, Reduce, and Eliminate Chronic Pain

Guest Bio:

Ryan Fiorenzi has been training in the martial arts since he was young, has a black belt in Kung Fu and a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After sustaining a back injury training in Judo, he suffered with back pain for over 8 years. After a lot of research and experimentation, he's now pain free, which lead him to create startstanding.org.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep96_RyanFiorenzi.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:28pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Your Creativity Is Your Number One Asset. Here’s How to Protect It.

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break!

-----> Click here to attend my upcoming FREE Live Workshop

 

Useful Links:

Sitting is Killing You

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

FiP Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

Ready To Blow Your Paycheck On the Perfect Office Chair? Read This First

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

My Experience with Post Production Burnout

 

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_Creativity_306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

If you haven't already heard, I'm a big fan of using Trello. My entire life basically lives in this one program, and if they went out of business I would walk in circles all day long staring at my untied shoes. In this episode my assistant editor Natalie Boschan and I do a deep-dive Q&A into the many features and benefits of using Trello for your Post-Production workflow.

Go 100% digital. Drastically reduce email. And eliminate busy work so you can focus on being creative. Trello will get you there.

Not familiar with Trello?

Click here to get started learning how to use Trello in Post

BONUS:

Click here to download your FREE Trello Template Boards and start building your workflow in minutes!

Topics of Conversation:

  • Turning Trello into your task manager
  • How to use Trello to make your perfect To-Do List
  • Implementing recurring tasks into your cards
  • Creating your "Getting Things Done" board
  • How Zack and Natalie use Trello in their workflows
  • Using task management to eliminate procrastination
  • Building your notes and revisions into a Trello checklist
  • Integrating Google Calendar with Trello
  • How to manage your subscription notifications

Useful Links:

Register for my upcoming FREE LIVE TRAINING (Oct 18th)

Trello

FiP Q&A Submission

Trello Blog

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep94_QA_September16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:49pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Building Your Post-Production Workflow With Trello

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break!

Click here to download your FREE Trello Template Boards

Useful Links:

Move Yourself Program

Blog Part 1: Editing in Time Blocks

Blog Part 2: Contextual Editing

"Behind The Seen"

Click here to listen to my podcast with Walter Murch

GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

Trello

Slack

Google Drive

Zapier

The Checklist Manifesto

The Zeigarnik Effect

 

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_ep305_Blog_Trello.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

I’m going to be honest with you: Email is killing your productivity. I know it’s tempting to believe that you’re important because your inbox is overflowing, and even better you get to look busy as you run around the office frantically responding to other people’s requests. But there is a huge difference between being “busy” and being “productive,” and in this episode Asian Efficiency expert Zack Sexton and I walk you through many different options for escaping your inbox and taking back your life.

We talk about different strategies to get yourself to inbox zero, a bunch of cool apps, filters, and tricks to organize incoming email, and most importantly we break down the systems that Zack teaches over at Asian Efficiency to manage email for good. I can confidently say that learning how to tame my inbox is the the largest contributing factor determining how productive I have become. And I want to share all of my strategies with you.

If you want to learn more about managing your email, Zack and the Asian Efficiency team will be hosting a free webinar.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar on October 11th.

Topics of Conversation:

  • How much time do you lose checking email?
  • Addressing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and other causes of losing your time to email
  • Keeping your creative flow active and distraction-free
  • Common bad email habits that you need to be aware of
  • Declaring "email bankruptcy" to become more productive
  • Using filters to clean up your inbox
  • How to handle email on your mobile device
  • Determining which messages are actionable as a first step towards time management
  • Combating the cultural expectation for busyness with email organization

Useful Links:

Asian Efficiency Webinar: Escape Your Email

FiP Ep23: Hacking Your Productivity with Zack Sexton

FiP Ep38: Task Management and Establishing Rituals

FiP Ep51: Minimizing Paperwork to Maximize Creativity

FiP Amazon Storefront

FiP Q&A Submission

FiP Activity Groups

Athletic Greens

Optimize Yourself Program

Unroll.me

SaneBox

AirMail App

Followup.cc

Dispatch App

Omnifocus

Trello

EverNote

Inbox Zero Challenge: Unsubscribing

Inbox Zero Challenge: Filters

Managing Your Email

Managing Email on Mobile

Getting Your Inbox to Zero

Email Timer

Overcoming FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Eliminating Email Ping Pong

Corporate Email Culture

Writing Better Emails

Asian Efficiency's Simple Guide to Email

Guest Bio:

Zachary is the host of The Productivity Show podcast. When he’s not recording a podcast, he’s responsible for working with Asian Efficiency clients and helping them with their productivity and business challenges.

Zack is a teacher, meditator, skier and non-recovering business, caffeine and productivity junkie. With an appetite for new experiences and drive to broaden his understanding of the world, nothing gives him more pleasure than showing people the useful tools and techniques he has personally crash-tested.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep93_ZackSexton.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm PST

For those of you old enough to remember when Seinfeld was on the air live, it was very sad to see it end. I'll admit it...I cried during "The Clip Show." (Admit it, you did to). In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Emmy Winning Editor, Director, and Producer David Rogers, the editor behind the magic of that episode, as well as the main editor (as well as director and producer) of both The Office and currently The Mindy Project. In addition he has also worked on shows such as Newsradio, HBO's The Comeback, and Entourage (and he’s a huge comic book and sci-fi geek too).

David and I examine his body of work and his career path and really break down how he was able to reach such a high level in his sector of the industry despite having such jobs as the host of an Italian restaurant, and even working as a production PA scraping up cigarette butts off the pavement at the end of a 14 hour day of shooting. You want to talk about paying your dues? This guy paid his and then some.

We break down David's success into the key components that you can follow to ultimately reach success in this industry as well.

Topics of Conversation:

  • David Roger's origins and path to working in the industry
  • How Superman influenced Rogers to pursue filmmaking
  • David's approach to directing an episode of 'The Office'
  • Transitioning from editing to directing and producing
  • Being persistent to stay in control of your career trajectory
  • Learning to cope during periods of unemployment
  • How David got his big break editing Seinfeld
  • Roger's relationship with Greg Daniels and the flexible, creative atmosphere of 'The Office'
  • Knowing when to take risks and turn down work to further your goals
  • How David manages time to edit as well as produce and direct
  • Breaking into the industry by mastering your craft and being persistent in the face of rejection
  • David's experience on 'The Mindy Project'

Useful Links:

David Rogers' Site

Athletic Greens

FiP Question Submission

Optimize Yourself Program

FiP Amazon Storefront

FiP Ep56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt.1

Fip Ep57: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt.2

Guest Bio:

When David Rogers was 8 years old, he saw Superman The Movie on the silver screen and knew from that point on what he wanted to do with his life. It wasn't to be a superhero, but rather he was on the path to becoming a Film and Television Director. He shot his own movies with kids from the neighborhood, videotaped Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs on weekends, graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema and Photography and soon after moved out to Hollywood to make his dream a reality. His first job in television was as the Assistant Editor on Seinfeld and his first solo editing credit was Seinfeld The Chronicle, the clip show which aired right before the season finale. He went on to edit NewsRadio, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, The Comeback, Entourage, and The Office, has directed multiple episodes of the show including the hour-long penultimate episode A.A.R.M., and has directed various other shows including Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, The Hard Times of RJ Berger and Friends with Benefits. David currently serves as a Director/Editor/Co-Executive Producer on another show he loves, The Mindy Project, and looks forward to new new directing challenges as well as developing his own projects.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep92_DavidRogers.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:49pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Saving Your Sanity In the Edit Bay (pt 2): Contextual Editing

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break.

Click here if you prefer to download the article as a PDF and read it later

Useful Links:

Blog Pt.1: Time Blocking

Getting Things Done; By: David Allen

FiP ep87: The Art of Less Doing (And More Living)

Trello

Optimize Yourself Program

Less Doing Peak Time App

Click here to download this article as a PDF

 

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_Blog_SavingYourSanityInTheEditBay.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:20pm PST

Just weeks ago 20th Century Fox released a trailer for the upcoming horror film "Morgan," and frankly it's not the best trailer. So then why is it worth talking about? The reason it has made such an impact on our industry is that the trailer was edited partially with the assistance of artificial intelligence, namely the IBM system 'Watson.'

What does this mean for our future in this industry? And more importantly, what does this mean for your job specifically?

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Philip Hodgets and Terence Curren. Philip is the president of both Intelligent Assistance, Inc and Lumberjack System, Inc. He is an expert in pre-post, metadata-assisted editing and metadata-based post production workflows, and he’s also the author of the HD Survival Handbook. Terence is the founder of Alpha Dogs post in Burbank, California a post facility that is founded based on the talent, not the tools.

Listen in to learn what you should be focusing on in your career development if you intend to still have a job in the next 5-10 years that won't be replaced by artificial intelligence. And if you're thinking 'Skynet' right about now...you're not far off.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Debunking the myths about the AI-Edited 'Morgan' Trailer
  • How the role of the editor will change over the next decade
  • Knowing when to use Script Sync, Phrase Find, and other tools
  • What part about the human component of editing is important?
  • The development of virtual reality and what it means for future narrative storytelling
  • Understanding the technology curve
  • What's left for society after all jobs are automated?
  • Managing your energy and valuing relational skills above technical knowledge
  • Video games' effect on the film industry
  • Knowing what your audience is seeing and feeling as an editor

Useful Links:

FiP Amazon Link

Q&A Question Submission

Athletic Greens

Intelligent Assistance, Inc

Lumberjack System, Inc

Metadata Guru

Alpha Dogs

Editors' Lounge

Terry's IMDB page

Guest Bios:

President of both Intelligent Assistance, Inc and Lumberjack System, Inc, Philip Hodgetts is an expert in pre-post, metadata-assisted editing and metadata-based post production workflows. As an industry analyst he has had a remarkably accurate track record on predicting developments within technology. An experienced and highly-respected trainer and industry expert, Philip has written extensively online across a wide range of topics: Metadata Guru . He is the author of The HD Survival Handbook and The New Now: How to grow your production or post-production business in a changed and changing world among other titles. Philip has presented at many conferences and seminars around the world.

Terry has had a passion for filmed entertainment since the age of 12, when he began creating home movies with an old 8MM camera. >>
He began his career in the early 1980s by directing, editing and producing music videos and a direct-to-video feature film. In 1986, he spearheaded the evolution of a major post-production facility’s edit bays, where he became senior editor in short order. His reviews and tutorials of emerging post technologies have appeared in Post, DV Magazine and other publications.
In 2002, sending a change in the industry, he started Alpha Dogs, a post production facility based on the talent instead of the gear they used. In 2003 he started Editors' Lounge, a hip forum for post production professionals.
His extensive knowledge of post production products and workflows along with his rich editorial and color-correction experience, has earned him the recognition of his peers and a legion of loyal clients.
Visit Terry's IMDB page.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep91_Terence_and_Phillip.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

"How can I create a demo reel without any work, and how can I get work without a demo reel?" is a question almost as timeless as the chicken/egg argument. Until recently this was an incredibly difficult problem to solve, but with the advent of so much new technology as well as the ability to download videos from online sites, this process has become much easier.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with EditStock founder Misha Tenenbaum about how his company provides the raw material necessary for editors to learn their craft and perfect it for many different genres, and more importantly how to craft the perfect demo reel in the 21st century (funny enough, it doesn't involve creating a "reel" at all).

Click here to download your bonus document 'The Essential Tools for Creating a Portofolio Website

Topics of Conversation:

  • Using raw dailies (EditStock.com) to learn how to cut scenes
  • How to build a demo reel
  • Tools to build an online website portfolio
  • Overcoming the paradox of needing a reel to get an editing job
  • How to highlight your editing skill rather than listing your projects
  • Making a strong impression with your portfolio site
  • Managing criticism and feedback to become a better editor
  • Malcom Gladwell's 10,000 hours
  • Seeking mentorship that will strengthen your work
  • Choosing jobs that promote growth

Useful Links:

EditStock on Facebook

EditStock

Zack's Portfolio Site

Q&A Submissions

Athletic Greens

FiP Amazon Link

FiP EditStock Promotion (Use code: 'FIT' at checkout for a 15% discount)

Guest Bio:

Misha is the founder of EditStock.com, a site that provides professional quality film footage for editors to practice with.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep90_MishaTenenbaum.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:52pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Saving Your Sanity In the Edit Bay (pt 1): Editing in Time Blocks

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break!

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Useful Links: 

Burnout Sleep Blog

Optimize Yourself

The Science of Multitasking

The Information Age

How Often Do You Look At Your Phone?

Are We All Becoming Pavlov’s Dogs?

You Can't Multitask As Well As You Think You Can

The Cost of Multitasking

The Pomodoro Technique

RescueTime

Freedom

BreakTime App

Focus Time App

Toggl

 

PS Have questions about this episode or anything else? Click here to submit a question for an upcoming podcast Q&A episode.

Direct download: FIP_EditingInTimeBlocks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

In this month's Q&A podcast we answer a wide range of questions:

What are some good tools to use to hack your standing workstation to avoid bad posture and fatigue?

How can you deal with micromanaging producers & directors who never allow you to take even short bathroom breaks during an edit session?

How can you overcome the fear that you haven't progressed enough in your editing career?

If you work long hours how can you counteract a racing mind and get deeper sleep?

How can you make sense of different supplements like Shakeology, Nutreince, or Athletic Greens?

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Click here to submit your podcast question for a future Q&A episode

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Useful Links:

Athletic Greens

Topo Mat

Trello

Dynamic Workstation

Avid Editor's of Facebook

Mental Health in Post Production

How To Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life

Melatonin

Pivot Seat

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep89_QA_August.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:25pm PST

We all know what it's like to sit on the mix stage at 4pm on a Friday and try to resist the plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence. But if find yourself constantly exhausted by the barrage of unhealthy food options in the post-industry, you need a better strategy.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Meredith Gold, the founder of the program 'The Kung Food Way.' Meredith is one of the rare few people I've come across who not only has an extensive background working in the post-production industry but also has a lot of knowledge of athletics (being a black belt herself) as well as nutrition.

Meredith is a scenario-based self-defense instructor as well as a holistic nutrition coach, a member of Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame and was even voted their 'Woman of the Year.' Her program draws parallels between everyday safety/self-defense strategies and healthy lifestyle choices.

If you're fed up with working in post because the food options are always terrible, this episode will provide you with the basic defense strategies you need to begin making healthier choices.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Meredith’s history balancing her pursuit of self-defense and post production

  • How she used her experience to help people live confidently and holistically
  • Learning to be aware of the food you eat and how it affects you physiologically

  • Recognizing the difference between necessary eating and unnecessary eating
  • How keeping a food journal can drastically change your nutrition awareness
  • Maintaining your boundaries even when you make mistakes

  • Knowing your limits and giving yourself permission to let others know them too
  • Combating the bombarding nature of food advertising
  • How setting boundaries can actually draw people closer to you
  • Using the 80-20 principle in your diet
  • Learning to recognize patterns of unhealthy eating and physically removing yourself from temptation

  • Maintaining healthy habits with new rituals

  • Altering your path in the grocery store to encourage healthier choices
  • Defending your body and your health with fierocity

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself

The Kung Food Way

Raw Power Self Defense

Athletic Greens

PrepDish

Freshly

Kitchen Karate

Guest Bio:

Meredith Gold is a scenario-based self defense and empowerment instructor, as well as a holistic nutrition coach. Her program, The Kung Food Way, draws parallels between everyday safety/self defense strategies and healthy food and lifestyle choices. She is a former feature film and sound assistant editor who left post production in 2002 to pursue this new career direction.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep88_Meredith_Gold.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Why Taking Supplements Is Worth The Investment (And The Ones You Can Trust).

If you're not already, I highly suggest taking a quick 15 minute walking break while listening to this episode because movement is the key to lasting creativity. 

Be well.

Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

 

PS Have questions about this episode or anything else? Click here to submit a question for an upcoming podcast Q&A episode.

 

Direct download: FiP_blog_Supplements.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

How much time do you spend every day in your email and your various other inboxes? How about running errands, paying bills, posting messages to social media, or any one of fifty other repetitive tasks that never seem to end? It can often seem nearly impossible to manage the amount of things that have to be done on a regular basis, but the good news is there is a better way.

In this episode I have a rapid-fire conversation with Ari Meisel, the co-founder of Less Doing as well as the author of such books as "Less Doing, More Living" and "The Art Of Less Doing." We talk about how you can organize, automate, and outsource much of the needless busy work in your life so you can focus more on the important work you should be doing instead.

Click here to download your FREE BONUS '10 Productivity Tools to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Topics of Conversation:

  • Ari’s battle with Crohn’s disease and his path to efficient living

  • How to eliminate stress systematically

  • The Importance of outsourcing and automating your life

  • Defining your “why” and using that to frame your goals

  • Using tracking to catch up to the ubiquity of technology

  • Quantifying your problems and learning to tackle them efficiently

  • How to minimize multitasking and open up your schedule

  • Learning the difference between efficiency and productivity

  • Batching work into categories to make it more manageable
  • Battling the time-wasting nature of email

  • What apps/plugins most successfully maximize group communication

  • The importance of setting macro goals for your day

Useful Links:

FiP Activity Groups

10 Productivity Tools to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

Athletic Greens

Q&A Submissions

Less Doing Website

Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

The Art Of Less Doing: One Entrepreneur's Formula for a Beautiful Life

IFTTT (If This Then That)

SaneBox

FollowUp.cc

Google Inbox

Trello

Zapier

Guest Bio:

Ari’s story starts in 2006, when some unexpected news derailed his booming real estate career: Crohn’s Disease: A highly-debilitating digestive ailment, Crohn's barred Ari from leading a normal life. He lost weight, energy, and the ability to work with regularity—in fact, there were times he could only work for sixty minutes a day.

With a blossoming business to run, Ari knew an hour per day was unacceptable. Against the advice of doctors and loved-ones, Ari embarked upon an extraordinarily painful journey to cure what medical textbooks consider an incurable disease.

Through excruciating amounts of trial and error, Ari not only regained control of his life but beat this seemingly unbeatable disease—and is now symptom-free.

Less Doing, More Living; Less Doing Virtual Assistants; and Less Doing BPO are the result of Ari’s amazing journey back to health, happiness, and well-being.

Ari currently lives in New York City, where he spends every ounce of free time with his loving wife, Anna, and four fantastic kids—Benjamin, Lucas, Sébastien, and little Chloe.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep87_AriMeisel.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:35pm PST

This mini-episode is a reading of the blog post How Total Burnout Led to the Most Productive Year of My Life.

If you're not already, we highly suggest taking a quick 15 minute walking break while listening to this episode because movement is the key to lasting creativity.

Useful Links:

Burnout Archives

GO FAR Movie

Optimize Yourself Program

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App

Post-Production Burnout

Ep83: How Being Sedentary Is Killing You (According to NASA) with Joan Vernikos

Ep71: Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and The Brain

Omnifocus App

You Can Book Me Utility

Q&A Question Submission

 

Show Credits:

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

Direct download: FiP_blog_OneYearAfterBurnout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PST

In today's 24/7 always connected society, it's so easy to get caught up in the noise and distractions of everyday life. The constant barrage of emails, Facebook notifications, and Twitter posts may keep you occupied in the moment (and more importantly make you look "busy"), but they're also keeping you from doing the important work you should be doing to advance yourselves.

Learning how to manage your focus and avoid distractions is an absolutely vital skill to master if you want to be successful, and once you do so you will easily move ahead of 99% of the people you are competing against for jobs in the post-production industry.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Yogis Anonymous co-founder Ally Hamilton, author of the new book "Yoga's Healing Power." We talk about how spending as little as five to ten minutes a day on your yoga mat (even if it's in front of your desk) can rewire your brain to be less distracted and more focused on the important work you should be doing instead of reacting moment to moment to your various devices.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Making Yoga accessible to everyone
  • The 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • What does yoga have to do with you?
  • Yogic Philosophy and its relationship with the body
  • Recognizing painful patterns in your life and learning to correct them
  • What can yoga do for you?
  • Replacing your negative inner dialogue with positivity
  • What your yoga mat says about you and the people around you
  • How being present leads to success
  • Using technology to bring yoga classes to everybody
  • Listening to your peers and how presence encourages connectivity
  • How yogic philosophy will help your career
  • Why strong focus and time management makes you value other people
  • Ally's new book: Yoga's Healing Power

Useful Links:

Yogis Anonymous

Ally's Blog

Yoga's Healing Power

Guest Bio:

Ally Hamilton has been teaching yoga for twenty years and holds a passion for breaking down the gifts of the ancient practice and making them accessible to all. "They are so relevant, helpful and, in my opinion, necessary if we want to find peace, happiness and fulfillment in our modern, busy, SmartPhone-carrying, kids screaming in the backseat, mortgage is due, lives!"

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep86_AllyHamilton.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:54pm PST

The Fitness In Post podcast is back! In this special mini episode I detail the changes and improvements coming your way in year 3 of the Fitness In Post program.

Thank you for being such loyal listeners!

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: WelcometoFiP3.0.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is our #1 most popular episode and is a repeat of [Podcast] Ep 48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access show notes

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top1_ep48_Monica_Daniel.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:14pm PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is the #2 most popular episode and is a repeat of Ep60: Legendary Film Editor Walter Murch On Surviving 50+ Years In Post

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access show notes

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top2_ep60_Walter_Murch.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:29am PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is the #3 most popular episode and is a repeat of Ep56: Advancing Your Career In Post, Pt.1

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access show notes

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top3_ep56_Norman_Hollyn.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:26am PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is the #4 most popular episode and is a repeat of Ep17: Tony Horton, the Mastermind Behind P90X.

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access show notes

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top4_ep17_TonyHorton.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:47pm PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is the #5 most popular episode and is a repeat of Ep40: Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, ACE.

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access the show notes

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top5_ep40_AlanBell.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:16pm PST

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe, and active summer. The Fitness In Post podcast is currently on hiatus, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the top 6 most popular episodes of the series thus far.

This episode is the #6 most popular episode and is  a repeat of Ep54: Behind the Empire Editorial Workflow.

SHOW NOTES: Click here to access the show notes

BONUS GUIDE: Download your FREE Bonus Guide "Your New Project Setup Checklist"

Have a great summer!

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Creator, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FIP_top6_ep54_ZackandNatalie.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:11pm PST

Sometimes to get noticed in the creative world you have to bite the bullet and take spec work (pitching or producing work that you may or may not get paid for). 50 years ago that meant pitching ideas to a large corporation (e.g. General Motors), and if they liked your ideas you won a multi-million dollar account.

In today's world doing spec work is infinitely more complicated with crowdsourcing sites like 99 Designs, contests like the Doritos $1 million dollar Super Bowl commercials, and endless competition with template and stock companies that can provide entire packages for companies and individuals at affordable prices.

In this episode I discuss how to navigate the ever-changing world of spec work with post-production industry veterans Walter Biscardi and Shane Ross. Whether you are a seasoned vet figuring out how to survive in our rapidly shifting industry, or you are just breaking in and can't figure out if spec work is worth it, we cover everything we can.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Using templates versus hiring a editor/designer
  • How to decide if doing spec work is right for you
  • The difference between pitching a project and creating one for free
  • The changing landscape of pricing in the creative free market
  • Why 99 Designs is doing business the right way
  • Learning to value your own work
  • Ask yourself: "Do I retain the rights to my creative content?"
  • What an ideal relationship between a client and creator should look like
  • Difficulties of breaking into the film industry
  • Developing a portfolio from scratch
  • Should you use templates or hire a designer?
  • Tips for up-and-coming creators
  • Connecting with your clients directly
  • Eliminating the middle man

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach You in Film School)

FiP Podcast Ep74: When You Should Take Free Work (And When You Should Run)

99 Designs

Shane Ross: Little Frog in High Def

Walter Biscardi

Guest Bios:

Walter Biscardi, Jr. is an accomplished video producer and storyteller serving a global clientele from his home base near Atlanta, Georgia. He founded his creatively driven company to bring quality video storytelling to all media driven projects. Corporate marketing & messaging, training & safety, original broadcast and web series, documentaries and feature films are some of the ways Walter and his team bring stories to life every day.

Shane Ross is a freelance editor residing in Los Angeles. He has cut shows for History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Disney and Nickelodeon. He's an avid bicyclist, husband, and father to three amazing young ladies.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep85_WalterShane.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07am PST

In this episode Zack and Natalie answer questions submitted by listeners just like you:

• Learn how we use Trello in our scripted television post workflow

• Learn what the most effective time blocking method is to stay productive while still maintaining your creative energy

• Learn how to approach your supervisor for a height-adjustable workstation

• Learn how to deal with people in your office that don't understand (or agree with) you wanting to take quick exercise and walking breaks at work

• Learn additional strategies for getting more done during the day

See below for additional topics of conversation.

 

Click here to submit your podcast question for a future Q&A episode

 

If your question is read on the show you will win a Fitness In Post t-shirt and a blender bottle! And we will pick one random winner from all the questions chosen and that person will win a month's supply of Athletic Greens, my favorite greens supplement that I use every morning.

Sponsors:

Cinemoti

Topics of Conversation:

  • What sort of break schedule is best for health and productivity?
  • Zack and Natalie's productivity schedule
  • Talking to your boss about fitness in the workplace
  • Training your brain to focus for longer
  • How to balance work, fitness, and fun
  • Effects of sleep on functionality and productivity
  • The importance of a night routine
  • What to do if your boss catches you mid-exercise
  • Why you need to get an adjustable desk and how to bargain for one
  • How planning your day is essential to being productive
  • The "Hit by a bus" test
  • Neurofeedback's effects on the symptoms of ADD
  • Learning how to prioritize and and reduce stress
  • The effects of "playing" on productivity
  • Zack and Natalie's Trello Workflow
  • Talking to your boss about workplace fitness
  • How to set daily goals that boost work efficiency

Useful Links:

FiP Ep10: Optimizing Brain Function with Neurofeedback

FiP Podcast Ep54: Behind the Empire Editorial Workflow

FiP Podcast Ep81: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (And Learning How to Say No)

What is Neurofeedback?

Athletic Greens

Submit Questions Here

The Formula for Perfect Productivity

Optimize Yourself

Trello

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep84_QandA_no1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm PST

This mini-episode is a reading of a guest blog I wrote for Creative Cow titled "10 Ways to Avoid Editor's Block" (Check it out here). If you're not already, we highly suggest taking a quick 15 minute walking break while listening to this episode as walking away is often the best strategy for defeating editor's block entirely.

Useful Links:

Freedom App Blocker

Optimize Yourself

How Many Minutes Should You Take a Break for Work?

Break Time App

Toggl Tracker

Trello

FiP Podcast Ep 51: Minimizing Paperwork to Maximize Creativity

FiP Podcast Ep 54: Behind the Empire Editorial Workflow

FiP Podcast Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter

FiP Podcast Ep77: Why You Keep Failing At Your Goals (And How to Fix This)

A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout

Fitness in Post Website

Show Credits:

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

 

Direct download: FIP_Blog_10_Ways_to_Avoid_Editors_Block.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm PST

Balancing any kind of personal life outside your demanding career in post-production is difficult, but when that personal life includes children, it can feel nearly impossible. Having two young kids myself (a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter), I know how impossible it can seem to be present as a parent while being equally focused on your job for 12+ hours every day. But there are ways to find balance and be successful with both.

In this episode I have a conversation with award-nominated editor Yvette Amirian about how she became a successful television editor very quickly in her young career, but more importantly how she is balancing a demanding job, teaching several editing courses at USC, as well as raising her 5-year old son.

Sponsors:

CineMoti

Topics of conversation:

  • Yvette’s background as an editor and producer
  • The role of and editor in unscripted television
  • How Yvette made the transition into producing
  • The reality TV workflow
  • Yvette’s career trajectory and how she moved up the ladder so quickly
  • Tips on how to successfully move from assistant editor to editor
  • A few things Yvette learned in her first few years as a parent
  • Sharing the caretaking duties with family and how to get some quality time in with your child
  • How your perspective and priorities change when you have a child
  • The difficulties of missing time with your child and how to make up for it
  • Balancing work and parenting
  • The importance of putting your foot down 
  • Coping with the guilt of missing out on your child’s milestones
  • How being a woman with a child has affected Yvette’s career prospects (and how society judges that)
  • How Yvette’s career aspirations changed (or didn’t) since having a child
  • When your career is your identity, how do you take on another?
  • Struggling to balance career and children is something we all deal with!

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

FiP Podcast Ep59: Making the Jump From Assistant Editor to Editor

FiP Podcast Ep56: Advancing Your Career in Post: What They Don't Teach in Film School

FiP Podcast Ep74: When You Should Take Free Work (And When You Should Run)

Guest Bio:


Yvette Amirian is an award-nominated film and television editor, as well as a producer and writer.  In addition to her work in the industry, Yvette teaches editing courses at her alma mater, USC's School of Cinematic Arts.  Yvette lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 5-year old son. 

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_ep82_YvetteAmirian.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:12am PST

Blake Calhoun isn't a celebrity director, he's not a health & wellness expert, and he's not going to drop any giant knowledge-bombs on you in this episode. He's just a hard-working filmmaker and editor doing his best to raise two kids and create cool stuff in the process.

Through virtually no effort whatsoever, Blake has lost over 30 pounds (and kept it off in the last year), eradicated himself from a daily soda & junk food habit, and has the energy left after a long day to spend time with his family. If that doesn't make you a superhero in the film industry, I don't know what does.

By simply following a few of the steps we talk about in this episode, you can completely change your life for the long term as Blake did, and you can do it one small step at a time.

Full disclaimer: Blake is the owner of Cinemoti, one of the sponsors of this episode. If you're a filmmaker and you don't know about Cinemoti, you need to check them out. He's doing some really cool stuff.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

CineMoti

Topics of Conversation:

  • How Blake and I met
  • Blake’s new healthy habits
  • What is simple is not always easy...
  • Blake’s journey to better health and wellness
  • What Blake has noticed since he changed his diet
  • The difference between fad dieting and a lifestyle change
  • The reasons why Blake decided to make this lifestyle change -- his children
  • “You really can change your health just by what you eat”
  • Why BMI isn’t a very good measure of health
  • Blake’s roadmap to better health
  • It’s the little things that help!
  • How Blake “treats” himself throughout the week
  • Does food taste differently now?
  • A little bit of soda bashing (use Coke to clean your toilet!)
  • Blake’s tips on how to succeed in changing your lifestyle
  • What CineMoti has in its library (read: not just background elements!)
  • Use coupon code FIP15 for 15% off CineMoti!

Useful links:

FiP Blog Post: Sitting is Killing You, But Standing Isn't The Answer

FiP Podcast Ep36: The Primal Lifestyle

FiP Podcast Ep76: Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

FiP Podcast Ep79: How To Stay Healthy at Conventions and Events

Link: BMI calculator

Advocare

Fed Up

Guest Bio:

Blake is founder of the 2nd Unit footage site CineMoti.com and a Texas-­based filmmaker who likes to play golf (although he never gets to). He’s also produced, directed & edited ten independent feature films and digital series including the award­winning shows Pink and Continuum, also Exposed for Warner Bros. TV and executive producer McG. And recently he teamed up with New York Times Best­Selling author Rachel Caine and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry entertainment network to create the digital series Morganville. In his spare time he tries to sleep (at least six hours a night).

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_ep80_BlakeCalhoun.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:13pm PST

For many in the post-production industry, traveling to conventions & events is just part of the business. Whether it's NAB in Las Vegas, Editor's Retreat, or any of the multitude of educational conferences worldwide, those conventions can be treated like paid vacations which means leaving your healthy habits at home. And if this is your choice, fantastic! More power to you. Enjoy yourself and live life.

But for some people, attending large conventions like NAB can be difficult because they prefer to maintain their healthy habits so they have plenty of energy and focus to get the most out of their experience and education. But between the meet-ups, the parties, and the drinking, it can be nearly impossible to even stand upright by the final day.

For those of you looking for helpful tactics and strategies to make your next convention or event a healthier one, I have an in-depth discussion with Katie Hinsen who created the #HealthyNABChallenge, taking it upon herself to make her visit to NAB this year as healthy and productive as possible. 

Download your FREE bonus document '10 Tips to Make Your Next Conference a Healthy One' which includes Katie's review of 37 meal replacement bars!

Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Topics of Conversation:

  • How Katie approached me with her idea to start the #HealthyNABChallenge
  • What is NAB and why is it so unhealthy?
  • Why Katie decided she needed to change her lifestyle and be more healthy
  • Katie’s background with Celiac Disease and the seriousness of her condition
  • How difficult it is to find healthy food in Vegas and at NAB
  • NAB IS A PARTY! You can treat it as such if you want, but maybe you can be healthy while doing it….
  • Challenge #1: Food (She and Boon-Shin tried 37 bars to prepare for NAB)
  • The two things you need to look for when finding a meal replacement bar
  • Katie’s coffee tips
  • Challenge #2: Activity (and we’re not just talking steps here)
  • How 15 minutes of yoga can make you feel refreshed
  • Katie was even able to fit in short workouts during the busy weekend!
  • The benefits of morning activity
  • 3 must haves for traveling to events like NAB: melatonin patch, exercise & water 
  • Challenge #3: Alcohol (How to cut back without looking totally lame)
  • Pacing your alcohol consumption
  • How having a defined purpose helped Katie succeed
  • How to get out of a slump when you lose your motivation
  • It’s better to get started than to think about everything you’re not doing! So just start!

Useful Links:

Blue Collar Post Collective

FiP Blog Post: Is It Possible To Stay Healthy At NAB? Let's Find Out...

Yoga gloves & yoga socks

Shakeology

Guest Bio:

Originally from New Zealand, Katie Hinsen is a New York­based, award­winning Finishing Artist with credits on over 80 major productions. Over her 18­year career she has worked as an engineer, editor, VFX artist, Stereoscopic 3D artist, colorist and finishing artist; on commercials, documentaries, television, music videos, short and feature films. Outside of the office she is a passionate advocate for emerging talent, providing mentorship and serving at the Executive level of a number of industry­based non­profit organizations including Gaia Community Initiatives and the One Voice project in New Zealand, and the Blue Collar Post Collective in New York

Katie Hinsen on Twitter: @katiehinsen

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_ep79_KatieHinsen.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40pm PST

It's so easy to get distracted by the latest "shiny object," and the latest tips & tactics for how to get healthy or even to get ahead in your career. But sometimes you have to take a step back from all the noise and start thinking about your strategies, whether you're dealing with your health, your career, or your whole life.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with unscripted editor and author Jeff Bartsch about the moment he realized his paycheck wasn't enough to justify his brutal lifestyle editing hit TV shows, and what he has done since that moment to change his work schedule and his outlook on life.

Our show sponsors:

GeekDesk

CineMoti

Topics of Conversation:

  • How Jeff worked so hard that he ended up in the emergency room
  • The price tag Jeff would put on his health
  • You need to regulate your hours and pay, not an external force (read: the world will not fix your problems)
  • Tactics vs. strategies
  • How Jeff brings the human aspect into his work
  • Why American Ninja Warrior is so popular (hint: it’s not just the obstacles) 
  • “The things behind the thing”
  • Being a good editor doesn’t just come “naturally” --you’ve got to PUT IN THE WORK ← Talent is overrated
  • The quality of a project and the people you work with really matters
  • Jeff’s article about choosing the right project
  • Why Jeff decided to get healthy
  • Stop counting calories! It won’t make you skinny! 
  • Jeff’s personal push up challenge
  • You don’t have to do it all at once, you just have to start
  • What you measure, you can improve upon (yes, I talk about this again--CAUSE IT WORKS)
  • If you don’t know why you want to do something, it makes it harder to do that thing
  • “You can accomplish great physical things without being an elite athlete”

Useful Links:

The Power Edit

The Power Edit Facebook Group

Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing

FiP Podcast Ep60: Walter Murch on Surviving 50+ Years in Post

In the Blink of An Eye by Walter Murch

FiP Podcast Ep57: Advancing Your Career in Post

Why We Get Fat

Guest Bio:

Jeff Bartsch built his career in Hollywood as an editor of unscripted content for ABC, NBC, Universal, Disney, ESPN, MTV, and many others. His commentary on editing and the entertainment industry have been featured in multiple textbooks, The Associated Press, USA Today, and Time Magazine. He is the author of Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing, and is the founder of ThePowerEdit.com, which serves professional and amateur video editors in over 40 countries across 6 continents. Jeff lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and their German Shepherd named Saint.

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_ep78_JeffBartsch.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:56pm PST

"Eat less and exercise more" is the diet advice we've all been following for the last 50 years, but I have bad news for you...science has proven that calorie counting doesn't work 95.4% of the time. Our bodies have evolved for thousands of years to naturally balance energy input (eating) and expenditure (activity). So then why is that only AFTER discovering the concept of the calorie have we begun to see the epidemic rise of obesity worldwide in developed countries?

In this episode I have a rapid-fire conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Bailor, author of "The Calorie Myth" and one of the foremost experts in the health industry on the concept of the calorie. We talk all about the diet myths we've been fed for the last fifty years and why they are wrong. And then we talk about the solution to reshaping your diet if what you desire is long term health, energy, and longevity.

Click here to learn more about The SANE Solution in this FREE 4 Hour Webinar

Our show sponsors:

GeekDesk.com 

CineMoti.com

Topics of Conversation:

  • First up: we shouldn’t be counting calories!
  • Your body automatically regulates energy balance, HOWEVER this breaks down when you don’t eat the right stuff
  • When you don’t eat the right stuff, your body stops automatically regulating and the result is disease
  • There are plenty of quick fixes for rapid, short term weight loss but they won’t work for long term health goals (for example: starvation dieting)
  • There’s science to back all this up!
  • Every single scientific study on “calories in vs. calories out” has proved that counting calories does not work. Every. Single. One.
  • Why the calorie counting processes Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers utilize don’t work
  • How does the S.A.N.E. Solution work?
  • Water, fiber and protein -- your three key factors to a more SANE diet
  • What are isocaloric studies and what do they prove?
  • Why fat isn’t the enemy
  • Common Sense Simplicity -- go to Sanesolution.com and click on “Free Blueprint”
  • What to eat to heal your metabolism, reduce risk of disease and reprogram your body to burn fat
  • There is a live seminar you can watch for FREE 

Useful Links:

sanesolution.com

The Calorie Myth

Guest Bio:

Jonathan Bailor is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized wellness expert who specializes in using modern science and technology to simplify health. Bailor has collaborated with top scientists for more than 10 years to analyze and apply over 1,300 studies. His work has been endorsed by top doctors and scientists from Harvard Medical School, Johns’ Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA.

Bailor is the founder of SANESolution.com and serves as the CEO for the wellness technology company Yopti®. He authored the New York Times and USA Today bestselling book The Calorie Myth, hosts a popular syndicated health radio show The SANE Show, and blogs on The Huffington Post. Additionally, Bailor has registered over 25 patents, spoken at Fortune 100 companies and TED conferences for over a decade, and served as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft where he helped create Nike+ Kinect Training and XBox Fitness.

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_ep76_JonathanBailor.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:24pm PST

Anyone working long hours in a creative industry craves mental stamina and focus. We'd all give anything for the drug Bradley Cooper used to transform himself in the film 'Limitless.' With the recent surge in popularity of smart drugs and nootropics, has the 'Limitless' era finally arrived?

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Dr. Andrew Hill, a PhD in neuroscience and the lead neuroscientist for the company TruBrainthat manufacturers several different forms of nootropics substances that enhance clarity, focus, memory, and cognitive function.

We discuss the difference between smart drugs and nootropics, which are safe and which aren't, how you can enhance the effects of coffee, and which substances are the best bang for your buck when it comes to enhancing the capabilities of your brain. (Hint: None of them begin with '5 Hour Energy')

* Use the coupon code 'FITNESS' to get 25% OFF your first order at TruBrain.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Andrew’s background and how he got started with truBrain 
  • The research they are doing at truBrain and how to apply it to our everyday lives
  • How brain waves work -- it’s “complicated and chaotic”
  • How to read brain waves (cause they’re measurable)
  • Two of the most common smart drugs: caffeine and nicotine
  • Make sure you are being safe when adopting a cognitive enhancer like caffeine
  • How L-Theanine combined with caffeine can help improve focus
  • What alcohol does to your brain waves
  • Other smart drugs and what they do to brain waves
  • What modafinil is used for (and why it can be dangerous)
  • Andrew’s modafinil scare and who should not take it
  • What acetylcholine does to your brain
  • How nootropics work and how you should take them
  • What is truBrain and how can creative people use it?
  • truBrain has their own coffee!
  • The effects of eating glucose while using nootropics
  • The ingredients in truBrain and how they work
  • The difference between the neurons in the brain and the neurons in the heart
  • The elevator pitch for truBrain
  • More technology = more distractions! Get it under control NOW

Useful Links:

TruBrain Home

FiP Podcast: The Science of ADD and ADHD

FiP Podcast: Optimizing Brain Function with Neurofeedback

FiP Blog: What is Neurofeedback?

Guest Bio:

Dr. Hill received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012, studying how attention operates in the brain. He is currently lecturing for the Undergraduate Education Initiatives program at UCLA, teaching a course sequence gerontology, and the neuroscience of healthy brain aging. Dr. Hill has published chapters on measuring and modulating human attention, and continues to research self regulation. Prior to UCLA, Dr. Hill obtained extensive experience working with both psychiatric and developmental populations as well as gaining experience in high technology areas. He received his B.S. in Psychology/Neuroscience from UMass Amherst. See Andrew’s book chapters Measuring & Modulating Hemispheric Attention and EEG Correlates of Hemispheric Word Recognition.

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_ep75_AndrewHill.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:35pm PST

Colorist Marc Wielage exercised 3-4 days a week, had a 32" waist, and was told by all his colleagues and friends that he was "the healthiest person I know" for being age 60. Yet one day he suddenly endured 3 heart attacks in the period of 24 hours. How could this have happened to someone so seemingly healthy?

At first glance it appeared to be a fluke, but after further investigation, the cause seemed painfully clear: Marc's sedentary and brutally stressful lifestyle very predictably led him down this path. In this episode we talk about the lifestyle choices that Marc made that may have caused his heart attacks, and more importantly we talk about the changes he's making now (and the further steps he can take) to prevent future health problems.

If you sit for more than 6 hours a day but think, "This will never happen to me," you need to listen to Marc's story. Because he thought it could never happen to him too.

Our show sponsors:

EditStock.com

CineMoti.com

Topics of Conversation:

  • Marc’s background as a colorist
  • How color correction has changed over the last 30 years 
  • Marc’s personal health story
  • What happened the day Marc had his heart attack
  • Marc's test results and physical activity gave no indication he was at risk for a heart attack 
  • How Marc’s sedentary, workaholic lifestyle contributed to his kidney problems
  • We are not as infallible as we think we are!
  • Being skinny and working out doesn’t mean you are healthy
  • Marc’s heart was ok but his veins and arteries weren’t working properly
  • How Marc could workout 60-90 minutes, 3 days per week and STILL be unhealthy
  • Marc’s dietary choices
  • A poor man’s “speedball” -- Marc’s crazy caffeine and sugar intake before his heart attack
  • Why are you so tired after sitting all day??
  • Why exercise isn’t enough to combat a sedentary lifestyle
  • Taking breaks and walking more can help improve your work and quality of life
  • How Marc used to consider a 10-12 hour marathon color session (with no breaks) a badge of honor
  • Why powering through a 14 hour day, hopped up on caffeine and sugar is a terrible idea
  • Work smarter, not harder--it’s not about how many hours you sit in the chair, it’s about the quality of your work
  • What Marc would have changed about his life 20 years ago
  • The adrenaline rush of stress
  • How do you find a balance between your work life, personal life and your health?
  • Marc’s thoughts when he was confronted with death

Useful Links:

www.colorbymarc.com

Guest Bio:

Marc Wielage has been a digital colorist in Hollywood for more than 30 years, working for Complete Post, Technicolor, Modern Videofilm, and numerous other post-production houses. His hobbies include film & TV history, music, and fiction. Wielage has a been a Macintosh user since 1985 and has fought valiantly with a variety of computers and operating systems since 1980. In addition to working as a colorist, he also has written for several dozen magazines as West coast editor and contributing editor, including Video Review, Consumers Digest, High Fidelity, and many others.

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_ep73_MarcWielage.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:10pm PST

Training for and successfully running a marathon is an accomplishment few will ever achieve. Running a marathon in under 4 hours? Fewer people still. But training for a marathon, running it in under 4 hours, and ALSO working as an assistant editor on the TV series Empire? That's downright insanity!

Or is it?

In this episode I have a candid in-person conversation with Natalie Boschan, my assistant editor and partner in crime, about why she chose to take on this monumental task, and more importantly how it helped her grow stronger as a human being.

Our show sponsors:

EditStock.com

Topics of Conversation:

  • Why Natalie decided to run a marathon
  • What it was like training for a marathon while working on Empire
  • Running in the morning DOES NOT undo the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle
  • How Natalie got injured training for her first marathon in 2013
  • When Natalie decided she would no longer be defined by her work
  • Natalie’s morning routine and why she decided she wanted to be, for the first time in her life, a morning person
  • Taking back your schedule and taking ownership of your time
  • How Natalie found reasons to wake up and train every day by clearly defining her why
  • How taking back your time can be empowering
  • How being less reactionary to your surroundings can help you generate energy and be a more pleasant person
  • Natalie’s systems for getting more sh*t done faster!
  • How to combat that “tired” feeling when you don’t think you should be tired
  • How focused work can actually make work more fun!
  • Natalie’s training program ← Link: RunSmart program
  • How tracking your time can really open your eyes to your own productivity
  • The brain is not capable of multitasking!
  • Switching tasks (read: going from Facebook to Gchat to Avid) is what makes you tired!
  • Making small changes can lead to some extraordinary results over a long enough timeline
  • Natalie’s marathon time and how she actually made it through the race
  • Any goal is attainable!

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep54: Behind the Empire Editorial Workflow

FiP Blog Post: The Endless Chase For Work/Life Balance

FiP Podcast Ep66: How to Systematize Meal Planning

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution To Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Beachbody T25 Workout DVDs

Trello

Toggl

Yogis Anonymous 

BreakTime

RescueTime 

Guest Bio

Natalie Boschan has been working as a post production professional for eight years. She began her career working as a producer/editor creating content for Verizon's V-cast (think: internet content before the iPhone). She continued her career in short form media by working as an editor on web and DVD featurettes, trailers and promotional videos for various major motion picture releases as well as independent films. 

In 2013 Natalie decided to shift gears and venture into the land of scripted television. Currently, she is working on a new Netflix drama set to air in late December. Her past credits include: Empire seasons 1 & 2, Underground, Burn Notice and Once Upon a Time.

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_ep72_NatalieBoschan.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm PST

"What is the best office chair to buy," and "What is the best ergonomic position to work in" are very common questions I get on a regular basis. Unfortunately there is no right answer to these questions, and more importantly, these are the wrong questions to be asking in the first place. They belong in the world of "Ergonomics 1.0."

In this episode I discuss the concept of "Ergonomics 2.0" with Industrial Engineer and Certified Ergonomist Josh Kerst. We talk all about why traditional ergonomics no longer make sense, and more importantly, how to reshape your workstation and workspace to be more dynamic and promote better health.

Click here to download your bonus document "How to Set Up a More Ergonomic (And Dynamic) Workstation"

Our show sponsors:

EditStock.com

Topics of Conversation:

  • What exactly does Josh do?
  • When Josh decided he should shift his focus to standing instead of sitting
  • Josh's thoughts on the AltWork Desk
  • How Wall-E is becoming our reality
  • What happens to the body when you don’t experience gravity properly
  • What is N.E.A.T.
  • “Your best ergonomic move is your next one.” Keep moving!
  • The best ergonomic chair is not a chair
  • Stand assist tools - The Mogo
  • Great tips for transitioning from a sitting desk to a standing desk
  • More Focal Upright Ergonomics tools that will help you transition to a standing desk
  • The positive consequences of movement during the workday aka “getting your mojo back”
  • How movement is helping to combat depression and anxiety
  • How your posture affects how people perceive you
  • Exercising (even if you do it often) will not make up for sitting all day
  • Allowing kids to move is actually helping them learn and concentrate
  • Try taking a walking meeting outside (especially after lunch) 
  • The effects of lighting on humans - get out of your caves!
  • The best color to work under
  • Moving can really give you a competitive advantage
  • Setting up the proper standing workstation
  • How to deal with forearm and wrist issues

Useful Links:

Focal Upright Ergonomics

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution To Your Sedentary Lifestyle

FiP Podcast Ep55: We Are Not "Below the Line"

F.lux App

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Guest Bio:

Kerst, Josh, CPE, CIE

Executive Vice President, Principal Ergonomist, Focal Upright Furniture Inc.

(Ergo Geek) Experienced, passionate and thoughtful leader in the field of ergonomics with an emphasis on designs that positively transform the way people work in the digital age. Josh holds a BSE (U of Michigan) in Industrial Engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and is a Member of the ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 Office Seating committee.

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_ep70_JoshKerst.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm PST

Setting goals sounds like it should be easy, but if it were, wouldn't everybody achieve them? In this episode we switch up the show format a little bit, and NLE ninja and master trainer Jeff Greenberg interviews me.

I had ZERO knowledge of Jeff's questions before he interviewed me for this episode, and we covered a lot of ground. We talk about how I began my career as an editor, my work on Burn Notice and Empire, balancing work and family, living a healthy lifestyle, and goal setting. Jeff definitely kept me on my toes throughout the interview and even helped me find some insight into my own life goals. 

Our show sponsors:

EditStock.com

CineMoti.com

Direct download: FiP_ep69_JeffGreenberg.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

As editors, it's not uncommon to have a perpetual bowl of M&M's and a Coke next to your keyboard 12 hours a day (we've all been there). The question is, are the 3 Cokes a day simply a "treat," or are you actually addicted?

In this episode I have an honest and emotional conversation with editors Siân Fever and Monica Daniel about their recent journeys with removing sugar from their diets. We talk about why they chose to do it, what their experiences were like during the withdrawal process, and most importantly, the positive effects it had on their energy, focus, and mood once they emerged from the dark side.

Click here to download our bonus document "5 Ways to Overcome Sugar Addiction"

Our show sponsors:

EditStock.com

Topics of Conversation:

  • Monica and Siân’s relationship with sugar
  • Why they decided to quit cold turkey
  • Monica’s experience avoiding sugar for the first few weeks
  • How Monica is kicking this habit over the long term
  • Sugar is actually a neurological craving
  • When Siân realized she had a problem with sugar
  • Siân’s experience with quitting sugar cold turkey
  • Monica and Siân’s stories are not uncommon!
  • How sugar works
  • Having a problem with sugar is not shameful
  • Monica and Siân’s sugar withdrawal symptoms: shakes, headaches, always feeling hungry, pain in the gums, restlessness etc.
  • Your tastebuds change when you are eating more/less sugar
  • Siân was using sweets as a “reward” for everything
  • How cutting sugar helped with their focus and general quality of life
  • Reducing sugar can clear your skin and make you LOOK healthier too!
  • Try cutting sugar for seven days and see what happens
  • Siân’s recommendation for reducing your sugar intake--get a cookbook, find a sponsor
  • This is the first step in Monica’s journey to better health

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep48: Transitioning From Reality To Scripted with Monica Daniel

FiP Podcast Ep24: Sexism in Post, Pt. 1 with Siân Fever and Kylee Wall

The Ingredients in Pop Tarts

That Sugar Film

Fed Up

Is Sugar Toxic?

7 Deadly Truths of Sugar

What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle with Ben Greenfield

Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel

Monica is an Offline/Online Editor based in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving presentations about her work, as well as Producing/Co-Hosting an industry podcast called Going Postal Show (www.goingpostalshow.com) and promoting health in post production through Fitness in Post (www.fitnessinpost.com). She has recently moved into scripted television, working on Minority Report for Fox as an Assistant Editor in 2015. Monica currently works as an Assistant Editor on Supergirl for Warner Bros. Television. You can follow her on twitter at @monica_edits

Siân Fever

Siân Fever is a London-based offline editor for broadcast, marketing and corporate content. She has a proven strength in music programming and branded content.

Her clients include: Universal, Xbox, Sony BMG, Microsoft, Red Bull, Ford Mondeo, MTV, The Disney Channel, AOL, Natwest, ITV, Channel 4, The Mercury Music Prize and The Olympics.

Recently she made the jump to Assistant Editor, working on BBC One’s Call The Midwife.

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_ep68_SianAndMonica.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm PST

Editor Julian Smirke is convinced that he ended up being an assistant and then associate editor on Star Wars: The Force Awakens because of sheer luck and nothing more. But I don't believe in luck. I believe that luck should be redefined as "when hard work meets opportunity."

In this episode Julian and I talk all about his path from starving and unemployed artist to working on the largest film franchise in cinema history. I break down every step of his journey and show you how anyone can take a similar path if they are willing to put in the work.

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Direct download: FiP_ep67_JulianSmirke.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:34pm PST

Post-production schedules are brutal and relentless, but one of the perks that many people have in our industry is having the option to order lunches and dinners every day at the office.

But is this a perk? Or is it because producers want us chained to our workstations?

And has anyone ever thought about what a steady diet of Chinese takeout, pizza delivery, and Hot Pockets does to your creative energy and focus?

In this episode I have a conversation with Allison Schaaf, the creator of Prep Dish, an online service that systematizes the process of meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep, and cooking into an easy-to-follow package. If you love workflows and systems, you'll love this service and this episode. We also jump into the rabbit hole of nutrition and food science as well. Check out our topics of conversation below.

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Direct download: FiP_ep66_AllisonSchaaf.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm PST

Vashi Nedomansky, editor of Sharknado 2 and many other films and documentaries, as well as a consultant on several projects such as Deadpool, Gone Girl, and House of Cards, is quite possibly the coolest editor on the planet. I can honestly say I've never met an editor who was a former NHL hockey player. And while the combination of professional athlete and film editor may not make a lot of sense at first, in this episode we dive deep into how the mindsets of being successful in either profession are incredibly similar.

We geek out on sports psychology, physiology, how Vashi stays fit living in the edit bay, how to earn the trust of your directors and producers, cool ways to set up hot keys, developing mental fortitude....we basically run the gamut.

Want to kick some ass in the edit bay? Vashi will show you how.

(Editor's Note: In the show intro Zack mentions that Vashi played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings. This is incorrect. Vashi played in the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings organizations. This will be corrected soon, our apologies for the error).

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Direct download: FiP_ep65_VashiNedomansky.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:19pm PST

The chances are over 70% that you are reading this while sitting, and the chances are even higher that because you sit for long periods of time you experience chronic pain in areas such as the lower back, hips, shoulders, or neck. Maybe you get headaches. Maybe your have carpal tunnel. Whatever the malady, there is a solution, and it's most likely easier than you think.

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr. Sadie Sanders, a chiropractor who specializes in the musculoskeletal system and its influence on the neurology and physiology of the human body. We talk about what is happening to the body when it sits all day long from a muscular and skeletal perspective, why everyone who sits has the same basic chronic pains, and most importantly, how to get rid of those chronic pains!

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Direct download: FiP_ep64_SadieSanders.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:39pm PST

Sitting all day long sucks, but the post-production profession demands it. So what is being sedentary all day long, and working 12-16 hours a day, actually doing to your body and what can you do about it? Are there options? Absolutely, and it's easier than you may think.

In my blog post 'Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)' I walk through the many negative health consequences of being sedentary all day whether you are sitting or standing. In this episode I do a much deeper dive into this topic with fitness expert Ben Greenfield, an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life”.

If you are fed up with the way you look in the mirror, if you're tired of brain fog, and if you're tired of never having the energy to start an exercise program (or even get out of bed some days), this is the episode for you.

 

Click here to download your FREE bonus document '10 Ways to Be More Active At Work (Without Finding Time to Exercise)'

 

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- Ben is not a physician and that can be a good thing

- What is “Greasing the groove” and “The Naked Warrior”?

- Sitting is not dangerous by itself -- the issue is lack of movement

- What sitting all day is doing to your body (and mind) 

- The same risks of chronic sitting persist EVEN if you exercise!

- There is more force on your spine when you sit than when you run

- Standing has a lot of issues too -- varicose veins, ankle pain, low back pain, foot pain

- How Ben incorporates movement into his day

- Try switching positions when you feel you’re in a creative rut!

- Are you sitting because you have to or because you don’t want to move?

- Try setting up rules for your breaks. For example: when you take a bathroom break, do 20 squats or 10 burpees

- Micro workouts (three 10 minute workouts) can be more helpful than 30 min at the gym

- More helpful tools for working in movement throughout the day

- Scheduling breaks can help you maintain focus throughout the day and not burn out

- How do you start from square one?

- The cultural barriers within the office and how they can be problematic

- How movement can help your cognitive performance and creativity (Read: movement can make you better at your job!)

- You don’t need to exercise one hour each day, five days a week. Start with ten minutes every day at work!

- A few tips and apps that can help increase cognitive function and wakefulness

- Having little exposure to light can affect focus, creativity and your sleep schedule. Check out Ben’s article on this topic: “What is the human charger”

Useful Links:

FiP Blog Post: Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)

Bengreenfieldfitness.com

FiP Podcast Ep29: Ben Greenfield, All Around Badass

Katie Bowman “Move Your DNA”

KyBounder Anti-Fatigue Mat via Ben Greenfield

Varidesk

Inversion table

TopoMat

FiP Podcast Ep58: Take Your Standing Workstation to the Next Level with Topo

Focus Time

BreakTime

Cold Thermogenesis

SleepStream

'Awake and Alert' bulbs 

Sunlight 

Guest Bio:

Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life”. In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness. Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.

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_ep63_BenGreenfield.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm PST

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