Wed, 27 January 2016
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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Wed, 20 January 2016
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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Mon, 11 January 2016
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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Mon, 4 January 2016
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.
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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”
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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.