Fitness In Post

In creative industries like film & television post-production, it's extremely common to see job listings for free or low paid work, but how do you know if it's worth it or if you should run for the hills? After all, would you ask for services for free in other industries?

In this episode I have a candid conversation with feature film editor Alan Bell (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) about how to distinguish between whether or not a low or no paying job is worth the gamble. We evaluate the many reasons that a specific job opportunity may be worth it based on the potential long-term payoffs, and we also talk about when it is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances to take on a job that is clearly looking to exploit your talents and experience.

I have also created a helpful bonus document for this episode with a series of questions that can help you evaluate your next low or no-paying job opportunity, and it also includes a list of helpful questions that you can ask your potential employer as well.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Why I decided to leave a high paying job to go cut a low paying indie film
  • Never take a free job if you’re not going to get something out of it: participation points, producing, new experience etc
  • How Alan got his start in the film industry with free work
  • Alan’s work experience with Norman Hollyn
  • How I learned After Effects by working FOR FREE
  • Free work that’s right for one person might not be right for another
  • Take stock of where you are in your career and life before deciding to work for free
  • How taking on a free web series (Bannan Way link..which site should this link to?) helped jump start my career in television
  • Building relationships is a key component to finding quality work
  • Bring your own questions to an interview! Make sure the job is a good fit for you
  • Take the work that’s good instead of taking the work that’s there
  • Questions you should ask during an interview
  • Know your own temperament
  • The best job listing in the history of job listings
  • Learn how to spot the “catch phrases” and red flags of exploitative producers
  • Be honest with yourself and surround yourself with honest people
  • Be aware of your situation and decide what’s best for you

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep40: Editing Hollywood Blockbusters

FiP Podcast Ep56: "Advancing Your Career In Post" with Norman Hollyn

FiP Podcast Ep61: Do You Really Need to Go to Film School?

'That Post Show' Podcast with Zack & Alan

Job Posting Meme

#SayNoToSpec Video

Guest Bio:

Film editor Alan Edward Bell A.C.E., is best known for his work on (500) Days of Summer, ‘Water For Elephants’, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, and the last three installments of the “Hunger Games” series. His resume spans 30 years in post-production, and includes a long list of credits in editorial as well as visual effects. Over the last 15 years he has been pushing the limits of what is possible in the cutting
room by blending visual effects and editing techniques. Alan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.

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_ep74_AlanBell.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

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:

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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 PDT

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:

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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 PDT

It's no secret that exercise can be good for us, and most people even know by now that regular exercise can help us feel better too. But there is a huge difference between the "Runner's high" that most people assume is the only regular benefit of exercise beyond burning calories and the full potential that exercise, and regular movement throughout the day have on improving your overall health...and brain power.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Dr. John Ratey, a clinical psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain about how regular exercise and movement can actually improve your brain power and make you smarter. We discuss the immense impact regular exercise can have on cognitive function, memory, attention issues, and stress. And on the flip side, we discuss how lack of exercise and movement are literally shrinking your brain and impairing your cognitive function.

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Direct download: FiP_ep71_JohnRatey.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT

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