Fitness In Post

"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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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