Fitness In Post

The following is a reading of my blog post Fitness In Post Is Becoming 'Optimize Yourself'

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

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Optimize Yourself

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_ep310_Blog.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

This episode is the latest Q&A episode with my trusty sidekick Natalie Boschan, and in this episode we answer the question “How do I know when it’s worth it to take a great career opportunity that might mean sacrificing time with my family?” plus I reveal big news for the future of the Fitness In Post program.

Spoiler Alert: This is the final episode of the Fitness In Post podcast.

Now before you get too upset, the reason is not because I’m giving up this podcast for good or that I’m no longer interested in finding solutions to the health problems we all face as creative professionals chained to a desk all day long...in fact it’s quite the opposite. Over the coming months I plan to broaden my search and provide even more resources to this community via the podcast, the blog, as well as new online training programs I’m creating that go way beyond what I offer in the Move Yourself program.

So on that note, I am announcing to you my loyal listeners before anyone else that Fitness In Post is becoming Optimize Yourself.

Natalie and I talk a lot more about the thinking behind this change and what this will mean over the coming months, but in short this means there will be some down time for the podcast as I make this change, especially given that as I write this I’m editing a tv pilot for NBC Universal 6 days a week and my schedule is batshit crazy. On top of that I will be overlapping this pilot with a tv series for several weeks too, so if I intend to maintain my sanity as well as see my kids on occasion, my only choice is to take it slowly if I want to do this rebrand right.

So all I ask is that you are patient as this transition occurs to the new website and the new podcast.

If you’d like to learn more about this rebrand you can visit my blog post at fitnessinpost.com/optimizeyourself.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • The origins of Fitness in Post
  • When is it worth it to take career risks?
  • Maintaining your energy and presence while working a full-time job
  • Knowing when sacrificing your time is worth it
  • Addressing the confusion surrounding the FiP name
  • Developing an awareness of your long-term goals
  • Balancing work opportunities and family life
  • The end of Fitness in Post and the future of Optimize Yourself

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Optimize Yourself Rebrand Blog

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Athletic Greens

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_ep117_FINALFiPNatalieQA.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

"What is ACE, how do I become a member, and what are the benefits?" are common questions I'm asked often by fellow film editors (that I've also asked myself).

Beyond simply breaking down the criteria for entry into the most prestigious organization in the post-production industry, in this episode I speak with Steve Rivkin, ACE President and editor of such films as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ali, and many more, about what it really takes to be considered an elite editor, whether or not you belong to ACE. We break down how Stephen broke into the film industry without every having an assistant editor credit to his name, the secret to getting hired by any director or producer, how to transition from assisting to editing, and much more.

If you've ever been curious about the inner-workings of what it really means to work as an editor at the highest levels and the psychology necessary to succeed, this episode is for you.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Steve's big break into the industry and how he became the president of ACE
  • The evolution of the modern editing career trajectory
  • How to make contacts in post-production
  • Re-learning the lost art of cutting collaboratively
  • What you will need to get into ACE
  • Fostering good relationships within the film industry
  • How Steve became an editor without an assistant credit to his name
  • What it takes to transition from assisting to editing
  • The in's and out's of ACE as well as it's educational initiatives
  • Raising awareness and perception of editing as a craft

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ACE

Editors Guild

Guest Bio:

Stephen Rivkin, ACE, has been an editor in the motion picture industry for over thirty-five years. He is currently serves as President of the American Cinema Editors and is on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Editors Guild. He founded The Committee for Creative Recognition and EditorsPetition.com to petition film festivals and critics organizations, which honor Cinematography and/or Production Design, to add the category of Film Editing to their annual awards presentations.


He has worked for some of Hollywood’s top directors including: James Cameron, Gore Verbinski, Michael Mann, Norman Jewison, Ridley Scott, Mel Brooks, Rob Cohen, Wolfgang Peterson, Chris Columbus and Diane Keaton.
Rivkin was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and an ACE Eddie Award for his work on James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster “Avatar” which he co-edited.


He also co-edited the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. All three films were nominated for ACE Eddie Awards, with a win for the original summer hit “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

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_ep116_SteveRivkin.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:25pm PDT

Let’s be honest...many of the poor habits that we have living in front of our computers did not materialize overnight. Instead they formed very slowly over years and years, and most likely many of the bad habits that you carry with you today started way back in college, or when you were a recent graduate killing yourself trying to “make it” in the film industry.

Recently I was approached by Austin Coburn, a current student at George Fox University in Oregon, because unlike many college students who spend endless all-nighters getting their projects done fueled by Red Bull and fast food, Austin realized at an early age how detrimental neglecting his health was to his creativity. He was so intrigued by this concept he decided to take it upon himself to direct a documentary film about seeking some form of work-life balance in the world of filmmaking and post-production. Because he was an avid listener of this podcast, he reached out to me to be an interview subject for the film, and I found his questions and his perspective so engaging I wanted to invite him to be a guest on this show to share the student’s point of view, one I don’t get to share too often on this show.

This episode is part two of a two part conversation where the roles are reversed and I become the interviewee.

If you’re interested in learning how to combat the stress of being a student or graduate at an early age and not letting your bad habits get the best of you later in life, this two part interview is the place to start.

If you'd like to share any horror stories or experiences about being a student, please feel free to reach out to Austin at frameworkdocumentary@gmail.com

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Facing the workload increase while moving from student to professional
  • Learning to balance work life with home life
  • Switching off your work brain to preserve creative power
  • Establishing helpful triggers to optimize your cognitive processing 
  • Reducing the fear of overwhelming tasks by staggering your work over breaks
  • How to remain focused on your cut when you step away from the computer
  • Zack's tips for transforming your desk into a standing workstation
  • Applying a healthy working lifestyle to your social interactions
  • Counteracting "work 'til death" culture
  • Positive qualities and red flags to look for in potential employers
  • Choosing your jobs based on where you want to be in ten years, rather than how much you make
  • Fostering work relationships that will last

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Spark Foldable Standing Desk

Topo Mat

CAP Barbell 15 Pounds Kettlebell

Tribe Resistance Band Set

Share your story with Austin: frameworkdocumentary@gmail.com

Guest Bio:

Austin is a senior film student at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on a documentary about finding life balance while working as a young professional in the post-production industry.

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_ep115_AustinCoburn_Part2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:12pm PDT

Let’s be honest...many of the poor habits that we have living in front of our computers did not materialize overnight. Instead they formed very slowly over years and years, and most likely many of the bad habits that you carry with you today started way back in college, or when you were a recent graduate killing yourself trying to “make it” in the film industry.

Recently I was approached by Austin Coburn, a current student at George Fox University in Oregon, because unlike many college students who spend endless all-nighters getting their projects done fueled by Red Bull and fast food, Austin realized at an early age how detrimental neglecting his health was to his creativity. He was so intrigued by this concept he decided to take it upon himself to direct a documentary film about seeking some form of work-life balance in the world of filmmaking and post-production. Because he was an avid listener of this podcast, he reached out to me to be an interview subject for the film, and I found his questions and his perspective so engaging I wanted to invite him to be a guest on this show to share the student’s point of view, one I don’t get to share too often on this show.

This episode is part one of a two part conversation where the first part is me doing the interviewing, but then in part two the roles are reversed and I become the interviewee.

If you’re interested in learning how to combat the stress of being a student or graduate at an early age and not letting your bad habits get the best of you later in life, this two part interview is the place to start.

If you'd like to share any horror stories or experiences about being a student, please feel free to reach out to Austin at frameworkdocumentary@gmail.com

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • What led Austin to produce a documentary on post-production wellness
  • The overlooked health of college film students
  • How students view the demands of the industry
  • Balancing a career and family life
  • The dangers of valuing time over talent
  • Learning to develop good working habits 
  • How to stop viewing yourself as a machine
  • Breaking the hold of late night fast food runs on your diet
  • Learning to say no (and not loathe yourself in the process)
  • Dealing with information overload and focusing on improving a few skills at a time

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

Share your story with Austin: frameworkdocumentary@gmail.com

Guest Bio:

Austin is a senior film student at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on a documentary about finding life balance while working as a young professional in the post-production industry.

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_ep114_Austin_Part1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:25pm PDT

Film editing is a magical art form that very few people truly understand. Frankly, there are people within the film industry that don't understand the power the editor yields in shaping the finished product.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Steven Hullfish, a feature film and tv editor, instructor, and author of multiple books on editing (and the entire post-production process) including his latest book Art of the Cut. Steve and I chat about his journey preparing for and compiling over 50 interviews with editing legends, and beyond just the interviews themselves how he was able to find a narrative within all of his various conversations that led to amazing insights into the process of film editing and storytelling. We talk about many different areas of film editing well beyond the basics like understanding story structure, pacing, timing, rhythm, the process for reviewing dailies, and much more.

If you're interested in taking your knowledge of editing to the next level and you want to truly understand what it takes to be a magician in the edit bay, this interview is a great first step, and then picking up a copy of Art of the Cut after you're done listening is a great second step.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Steve's journey from college student to post-production master
  • The addicting rush of increasing your editing efficiency
  • Determining which of the 4 types of editors you are
  • Steve's strange techniques for parsing through interviews
  • Asking the questions that editors never get to ask other editors
  • Common industry misunderstandings about editing
  • Strategies for fighting editor's block
  • Creative advice from the industry's greatest editors
  • The subjective art of watching dailies

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Art of the Cut: Conversations with Film and TV Editors

Guest Bio:

Steve Hullfish is a feature film and TV editor, with credits including Courageous, War Room, Champion and the theatrically released feature documentary, Clinton Inc. In addition to Art of the Cut, he is the author of five other books, including The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction and Avid Uncut. He also trains editors and colorists around the world.

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_ep113_SteveHullfish.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:13pm PDT

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