Fitness In Post (podcast)

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

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself Rebrand Blog

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FiP Amazon Link

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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.

Show Sponsor:

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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

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

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.

Show Sponsor:

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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

Let's face it: When you routinely work 16 hours a day in front of a computer, one of the greatest challenges is maintaining a healthy diet. On Monday morning you resolve to do better this week, but as the deadlines pile on and the time begins to disappear, your willpower quickly erodes and you'll grab whatever you can quickly to keep moving. If you're lucky it's Chinese or Thai provided by your office assistant, and if you're not so lucky, it's a bowl of cereal and Oreo's (I've been there myself...I'm not judging). And if you truly want to eat healthy either at the office cafeteria or by ordering out yourself, it's going to cost you a second mortgage.

But what if you could start creating a workflow for your daily meals no different than your creative workflows? In this episode I chat with returning guest Allison Schaaf, the creator of Prep Dish. In episode 66 Allison and I talked about the basic fundamentals of bulk meal preparation, and in this episode we do an even deeper dive into how you can really optimize your process for creating a week's worth of food in just a few hours every weekend.

Click here for 2 free Prep Dish meal plans

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • How Allison came to create Prep Dish
  • Batching your cooking to save time and maximize efficiency
  • Taking away the intimidation factor of cooking as a beginner
  • Wading through the crowded marketplace of cooking services
  • Allison's tips for developing a cooking workflow
  • How switching from plastic to glass food storage can make your food taste better
  • Where to start if you've never cooked before
  • Viewing cooking as meditative instead of a chore
  • Using recipes to develop your ability to improvise with your food
  • How to get your kids to eat healthier
  • Allison's journey from personal chef to online entrepreneur
  • Defeating the overwhelming task of starting an online business

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PrepDish

FiP Ep66: How To Systematize Meal Planning

Guest Bio:

Chef Allison Schaaf, MS, RD, LD (Twitter: @prepdish) is a food, nutrition & culinary expert and founder of Prep Dish, a subscription-based gluten-free and paleo meal plan service. Allison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, a Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, and became a Registered Dietitian at New England Medical Center. When she isn’t cooking, Allison fully embraces life as an Austinite. She is an avid yogi and enjoys hiking, standup paddle boarding and regular walks around Lady Bird Lake. Allison is also an avid traveler and draws culinary inspiration from each trip; recent adventures include Africa, Japan and South America, Spain and frequent trips to Colorado, California and her home state of Kansas

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_ep112_AllisonSchaaf.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

No matter how passionate, energetic, and dedicated you are to your creative profession, you will inevitably reach a point of exhaustion and burnout. It happens to the best of us including me.

In today’s episode I have a conversation with post-production guru Michael Kammes that runs the gamut from tech all the way to really in-depth and honest conversations about mental health. If you’ve ever found yourself at a point in your life where you’re just spinning your wheels and walking into work every day wondering if it’s the right choice for you, Michael’s story is very inspiring. He is one of the most passionate and dedicated to post-production technology that I’ve ever met, but even Michael hit a wall at one point, but instead of giving in he decided to step back, hit the reset button, and make some major changes in his life. I hope his story inspires you to make some positive changes as well.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Michael's journey to becoming a tech guru
  • How to enable creativity through technical knowledge
  • The frustration of losing enthusiasm for your work
  • Michael's history with ADD and Depression
  • Dealing with the pros and cons of medication
  • Using activity as a healthy outlet for frustration
  • Feeling satisfied with your work by giving 100%
  • How Michael reset his life over the course of two weeks and changed his health and outlook for the better
  • The importance of sharing our stories to give the tools of health and wellness to allow creativity to flourish
  • Being effective rather than just being efficient
  • Cherishing your ability to do the work that you love

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Michael Kammes

5 Things Series

FiP Ep14: Let's Talk About Mental Illness

Guest Bio:

Michael Kammes is the Director of Technology at Key Code Media, and host of the tech series "5 THINGS". He works on the technical and consulting side of post production, and has been a keynote speaker at conventions, technology retreats, symposiums, and colleges.

His post audio experience encompasses serving as a film and television Dialogue Editor, SFX Editor, ADR Recordist & Editor, Re-Recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor.

Plus, he just really, really, digs Post.

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_ep111_MichaelKammes.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:01pm PDT

As a creative professional you most likely fuel yourself on a daily basis with caffeine and afternoon sugar rushes, you fend off brain fog and the inevitable afternoon nap, and you'll spend however long it takes to make your latest project perfect (whether you're getting paid or not). But how is your modern lifestyle not only affecting your general health but also your brain health?

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Dr. Dave Jenkins, co-founder of The More Model. With experience in both the traditional medical fields as well as functional and integrative medicine, Dr. Jenkins specializes specifically in brain health and how we can optimize our brain function and fight back against the diseases of modern civilization.

Whether you're interested in how sleep affects your cognitive function, how nutrition and poor choices are literally "rotting your brain," or how movement plays a pivotal role in brain health, cognitive performance, and longevity, this conversation covers it all.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Dave's trajectory to studying the brain and developing the "MORE" model
  • Understanding functional medicine's purpose
  • The difference between functional medicine and integrative medicine
  • Treating patients with a focus on causes rather than symptoms
  • Neuroplasticity and the search for a cure for Alzheimers
  • How consistent caffeine and sugar intake can damage your brain
  • Focusing on inflammation in your body and brain instead of just counting calories
  • How to recognize signs of mental degeneration early 
  • Prioritizing sleep in order to harness the power of your glymphatic system
  • Facilitating a healthy circadian rhythm by avoiding blue light after sunset
  • Dave's tips for having a nutritionally whole diet (Eat your broccoli sprouts!)
  • Finding ways to motivate movement in your daily routines

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The MORE Model

Contact Dave at: drdave@themoremodel.com

FiP Ep63: Overcoming Sugar Addiction

FiP Ep71: How Movement Makes Your Smarter

FiP Ep83: How Being Sedentary is Killing You (According to NASA)

Guest Bio:

Dr. Dave Jenkins, founder of "The More Model" is a Functional Medicine Physician and Coach who helps clients reverse disease and achieve ultimate health and longevity. This includes a special interest in brain fog, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's.

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_ep110_DaveJenkins.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:44pm PDT

I’m often asked via social media, via email, and in my member coaching calls about proper posture at a seated or standing workstation. Where should my elbows go? What’s the best desk chair? Why do my shoulders hurt? Why is my lower back on fire all the time?

In this episode I have a conversation with Zeena Dhalla, a certified posture specialist, self-proclaimed posture geek, and the founder of the Verticalign program which you can find at verticalign.com. Zeena and I dive into all of these issues and more to help you understand the detriments of living all day long in the same bad position and what positions you can switch to instead, as well as the simple exercises that can be done to alleviate and eliminate years of chronic pains.

For further information as well as specific exercises and postural modifications you can be making today, click here for Zeena's article "The Magic of Postural Modification (And How It Can Cure Your Back Pain Better Than a Doctor)"

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Zeena's path to being a posture specialist
  • How the collective evolution of our bodies has changed the applicability of older pilates programs
  • The surprising ways that your posture affects how other view you
  • Applying your creative spark to your active lifestyle
  • How Zeena addresses the most common neck and back issues
  • Learning to emphasize extension over flexion if you work a sedentary job
  • Easing yourself into yoga or pilates by knowing your body's strengths and weaknesses
  • How your posture affects your hormones
  • Tools you can use to help improve your posture and raise your awareness of your body
  • Simple stretches you can do while you drive to alleviate pain from sitting
  • The pros and cons of a yoga ball chair
  • Zeena's tips for maintaining healthy posture throughout your day

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Verticalalign.com

Posture Blog

FiP Ep64: How To Diagnose Reduce and Eliminate Chronic Pain

FiP Ep106: The Cure For Lower Back Pain, Tension Headaches, And So Much More

Guest Bio:

Zeena Dhalla is a Certified Posture Specialist and self-proclaimed posture GEEK. She helps people eliminate neck and back pain through simple and effective home based exercise routines. Download the 5 Minute Solution to Hunchback Posture (hyperlink to: http://verticalign.com/2016/05/16/5-minute-solution-hunchback-posture/) if you want to improve your posture and get out of bed every morning with less pain and more pizazz! 

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_ep109_Zeena_Dhalla.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:39am PDT

In this episode I have a conversation with Nick Harauz, a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer. And for those of you listening that aren’t specifically in the editing field, that’s like saying Nick teaches people how to drive Ferrari’s, Mercedes, and BMW’s. Teaching one is tough, but knowing how to teach all three effectively? That’s quite an accomplishment. Nick is also an author, graphic designer, and editor as well.

Needless to say Nick wears a lot of different hats in the filmmaking industry, and we talk about the different lifestyles that he experiences when working on a set versus sitting all day long in front of a computer. More importantly in this episode we also dig into Nick’s personal health journey and his many different experiments trying to stay healthy using extreme “all or nothing” methods as well as much slower long term lifestyle options.

If you’re hitting a point in your life where you’re ready for things to change but you’re not quite sure what the roadmap looks like, Nick’s story is a great source of inspiration.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Nick's experience working in production as well as in post
  • Using "safe holes" to maintain your health in post production
  • How Nick maintained a healthy lifestyle after undertaking an unsustainable diet and workout schedule
  • Developing a healthy lifestyle instead of temporarily dieting
  • Learning how different foods affect your physiology
  • The morning habits that will improve your day
  • Techniques for achieving more positive thinking
  • Nick's tips for staying healthy while working a sedentary job
  • Organizing your tasks to make the most of your time
  • How establishing routines can maximize your efficiency and overall happiness

Useful Links:

Clips And Handles Website

7 Rules For Making More Happiness

Morning Routine

Burnout Sleep

G Tech

FiP Amazon Link

Beach Body On Demand

Miracle Morning

Yogis Anonymous

Guest Bio:

Nick Harauz (Twitter: @clipsandhandles)is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer. He has an uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has also worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, Nando's, and Blackberry.

In 2013, Nick wrote his first book on Apple Motion 5, which is available on Amazon. This year he has spoken for Adobe at the launch of CC 2014 in Toronto , NAB and the After Effects World Conference . Currently, Nick is working on his first feature film, Lost and Found.

When he is not teaching, travelling, or creating video content, Nick can be found playing tennis.

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_ep108_NickHarauz.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:43pm PDT

This episode is yet another installment of the Q&A series with my trusty sidekick Natalie Boschan. In this episode we discuss the psychology behind pursuing your passion as opposed to just getting the job done, we chat about the dangerous and slippery slope of devaluing yourself just to land the next gig, we talk about ways to stay active while traveling, and we also addressing the giant question many editors and creative professionals in the film industry face: Do I need an agent, and if so, how the heck do I get one?

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Zack's childhood introduction to video editing
  • How to know if you need an agent
  • Natalie's high school video work and how she learned she loved to edit
  • Understanding what agents can and can't do for your career
  • Learning to work strategically with your agent
  • How to know if you're cut out for the film industry
  • The problem with making movies for less money
  • Dealing with executives and learning how to price your work
  • Staying moving while on long trips
  • Preparing healthy food to eat while travelling

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Dealing With Burnout

Gas Station Health Picture 1

Gas Station Health Picture 2

Gas Station Health Picture 3

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_ep107_QA.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:48pm PDT

If you’re sitting while reading this and grimacing at lower back pain, neck tension, or you experience regular headaches, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to alleviate all of these issues in just a few minutes a day…right at your desk.

In today’s interview I chat with returning guest Dr. Sadie Sanders, a doctor of chiropractic, biomechanical guru, and the CEO of Health & Human Performance in Woodland Hills, CA. For those that know Dr. Sadie, they call her “The Body Whisperer,” and as a patient of hers, I understand why. She is to the body what Mozart is to the piano (She’s that good).

Dr. Sanders and I talk about the many different causes for chronic pains throughout the body and how many of them are caused simply by not moving all day long. But more importantly we dive into how to eliminate your chronic pains right at your desk using very simple stretches and exercises using our brand new “Move Yourself Activity Video Vault.”

And here’s the coolest part for you: Since you are one of my loyal listeners, if you join the 5X Challenge this week I’m giving you 100% FREE access to every single video in this vault through next Tuesday, Jan 17th with no purchase information required and no hidden payments when you’re done.

Click here to get FREE ACCESS to the Video Vault and join the '5X Challenge'

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Dr. Sander's background and early experiences with athletic injuries
  • How Zack came to meet "The Body Whisperer"
  • What is Chiropractic?
  • Breaking down the Optimize Yourself Activity Video Vault
  • How categorizing your pain specifically can cure it through strengthening instead of temporarily relieving it
  • Using strength training to improve physically as well as emotionally
  • Learning to develop new habits so that you never need to see a chiropractor again
  • Recognizing and addressing repetitive stress injuries
  • Spreading your strengthening efforts across opposing muscles groups in order to prevent pain from overwork

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Health and Human Performance Chiropractic

Guest Bio:

Dr. Sanders is a chiropractic physician specializing in the musculoskeletal system and its influence on the neurology and physiology of the human body. She works with athletes, recently injured patients, and the average stressed-out American – varying her technique to suit all ages from newborn to 80+!

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_ep106_SadieSanders.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:54pm PDT

Award-winning editor Jeffrey Ford has worked on some of the biggest films on the planet that have amassed multiple BILLIONS of dollars at the box office.

His short list of recent credits includes Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ironman 3, just to name a select few. And you would be right if you assumed that editing films like these is an all-consuming endeavor that takes every ounce of energy and focus to survive.

In this episode Jeff and I talk about how he started at the bottom and climbed the ladder to editing gigantic tentpole films. But more importantly we also talk about Jeff's secret weapon for staying focused, energetic, and creatively sharp when working brutally long stretches on stressful and high-pressure project: Movement throughout the day.

Interested in learning even more about how to use movement throughout your workday to 5X your energy, creativity, and productivity?

» Click here to enroll in the '5X Challenge'

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Jeff's career trajectory and how he came to work on Marvel blockbusters
  • How going to film school helped Jeff break into the industry
  • Jeff's experience living on five days of work a month
  • Using your free time to develop your skills and climb your career ladder
  • Learning what work will drive you to the next level
  • Jeff's strategies for staying mentally refreshed while working long hours in front of a computer
  • The importance of comfortable communal work spaces
  • Viewing disciplined break time as strength rather than weakness
  • Keeping up with the intense demands of a content-ready culture
  • Controlling your work in order to remain healthy and connected with your love ones

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Athletic Greens

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

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

FiP Ep74: When You Should Take Free Work (And When You Should Run) with Alan Bell

Guest Bio:

JEFFREY FORD, A.C.E. (Editor) was born in Novato, California. He attended high school in Troutdale, Oregon and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles with a degree in Cinema-Television Production.  He began his professional filmmaking career in 1994, working as an editorial assistant on James Gray’s debut feature film, “Little Odessa.” He went on to work as an assistant editor on several feature films, including the Academy Award®-nominated “As Good as It Gets” for editor Richard Marks and director James L. Brooks.  Ford co-edited “Captain America: The First Avenger" (with Robert Dalva) for director Joe Johnston, "Iron Man Three” (with Peter Elliot) for Shane Black and “Marvel’s The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron” (both with Lisa Lassek) for director Joss Whedon. “Captain America: Civil War” is Ford’s second film for Joe and Anthony Russo. He also co-edited (with Matthew Schmidt) the Russo's first Marvel Studios feature “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. 

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_ep105_JefferyFord.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm PDT

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

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Athletic Greens

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 PDT

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

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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 PDT

"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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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 PDT

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:

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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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

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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

"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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

"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 PDT

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 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:

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 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:

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 PDT

"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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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.

Our show sponsors:

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

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 PDT

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).

Our show sponsors:

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

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!

Our show sponsors:

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

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 PDT

When asked what my secret weapon to being a successful editor is, the answer might surprise you: It's yoga.

As editors we are tasked with the responsibility of not only being good at our craft but also collaborating with producers and directors in a professional, positive and energetic manner, no matter what creative challenges are thrown our way. Psychologically managing egos and larger-than-life personalities is often more than half our job! 

In this episode I have a conversation with Ally Hamilton, an author and Santa Monica-based yoga instructor who streams online yoga classes all over the world. Our conversation is about how yoga can help anyone develop more creative focus and manage difficult situations and personalities, in our out of the edit suite.

Without yoga as a staple activity in my life I would not be able to survive the pressures of being an editor every day. You'll be surprised to find it's much easier to get the physical and mental benefits of yoga than you may think. No pretzel stretches necessary. Promise.

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- My secret weapon to a successful career

- Ally’s new book: Open Randomly

- Ally’s background on how she opened her own yoga studio and started streaming yoga videos

- Ally’s big social media discovery

- How yoga helped Ally through her own life crises

- How Ally’s website became a successful blog with over 200,000 readers

- Why Ally decided to write a book and where her ideas came from

- The community that is formed in the virtual world (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc)

- Yoga as a tool for self-improvement, enlightenment and BETTER EDITING

- “How you do anything is how you do everything”

- Ask: what is the relationship you have with yourself?

- When you strengthen your “inner-cheerleader” on your mat, you strengthen that same voice in your life

- If you are miserable, you will take your misery with you wherever you go, whether in your edit suite or a vacation in Bali

- Figure out how to leave a situation where you are being mistreated

- Tune in and listen to what your body needs! You only get one!

- Do you want to let the negativity (people mistreat me, my producer is rude, bad things always happen to me) rule your life or do you want to begin to create a new perspective rooted in positivity, compassion and forgiveness? Yoga can help.

- How yoga can help you hone your focus on what you’re doing and be more present with your producers and directors

- How to create positive energy in your edit suite

- How to listen to your body and emotions to create more positive reactions to adversity

- Practicing yoga will help you get rid of that internal critic. We have enough people doing that to us, we don’t need to do it to ourselves!

- Yoga is life on your mat

- Yoga exercises your biceps, your core, AND your emotional well-being

- Yogis Anonymous is available worldwide for people at all levels of their practice!

- Start your yoga practice with only five minutes of stretching!

Useful Links:

Yogis Anonymous

"I Was A 25-Year-Old Curmudgeon"

Episode 04: Yogis Anonymous 

Episode 55: We Are Not "Below the Line"

Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul

Guest Bio:

Ally Hamilton is a Santa Monica-based yoga teacher, writer and life coach, who streams online yoga classes all over the world. She's the co-creator of YogisAnonymous.com, which has been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She's a regular contributor for The Huffington Post, a wellness expert at mindbodygreen, and writes an almost-daily blog at http://blog.yogisanonymous.com. She's the mama of two amazing kids and one energetic Labradoodle. She’s very excited about her first book, “Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul”, now available on Amazon.com, and her next book, “Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace” due from Llewellyn Worldwide in 2016.

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_ep62_AllyHamilton.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:08pm PDT

Film school or no film school is a hotly debated topic in the world of filmmaking and a topic I discuss at length in this episode with Eddie Hamilton, editor of such Hollywood tentpole films as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, X-Men First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kickass. After working his way up from a runner to editor in only 6 months at a post production facility specializing in sports journalism, he spent the next twenty years of his career working on independent films until his big break when he became an "overnight success."

Eddie is incredibly passionate about the work that he does. In this episode we talk about how Eddie keeps his mind and body sharp. We cover a wide range of topics including his path to success, why film school may not be the best option, his habits and routines as well as how working in the US is different than working overseas. See below for more information.

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- Eddie on his “overnight” success story

- Eddie’s background and how his love of film began at seven-years-old

- How to recover from rejection

- His first job in post and how he moved up from a runner to editor in only six months!

- His big break: working with Matthew Vaughn

- Editing with VHS recorders

- To film school or not to film school?

- The benefits of a background in film theory

- Is grad school worth the time and money?

- A day in the life of Eddie Hamilton

- His focus on diet and exercise while working

- The sacrifices necessary to succeed in this industry

- His process for cutting scenes

- The meals and snacks he chooses throughout the day...chocolate included

- How easy it can be to get some exercise into your day -- you don’t need to do it all!

- Good eating habits at work

- Standing vs. sitting

- How what you eat can affect your work for the day

- “To be the best you have to be in good physical shape and good mental shape”

- The differences between working in the US versus other countries

- If you want to succeed more than everyone else, you will succeed!

Useful Links:

Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 1

Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 2

How 'Mission Impossible' Editor Eddie Hamilton Skipped Film School & Worked His Way to Cutting Blockbusters

How To Get Ahead In Editing

Cutting Mission: Impossible

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_ep61_EddieHamilton.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm PDT

Walter Murch is a legend in the film editing world, having edited such recent films as Tomorrowland, Cold Mountain, and The English Patient, as well as some of the most historic and legendary films of all time including Apocalypse Now and The Godfather III. He is also the author (or subject) of several of the most influential texts ever written on the art and science of film editing including 'In the Blink of an Eye,' 'The Conversations,' and my personal favorite editing book of all time, 'Behind the Seen.'

To put it simply, without Walter Murch there would be no Fitness In Post. It was a single picture of Walter standing at his workstation that inspired my personal development journey almost ten years ago. In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics about how he has maintained his health and longevity and survived over 5 decades in the film industry.

You can't survive 50 years in post-production working on some of the biggest films of all time without knowing how to take care of yourself, and Walter talks all about his daily routines, how he prepares for upcoming projects, and many other topics listed below.

This is episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone hoping to have a long-lasting and successful career as an editor.

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 - My first encounter with Walter and the impact his books had on my career

- Walter’s approach to health and wellness while working long hours

- Walter’s process for getting his brain and body ready for the next job

- The importance of capturing ideas (and how to capture them)

- How timing the script can help you really inhabit a story

- Walk as much as possible!

- The history of Walter's standing workstation

- The science behind standing and moving during your day

- How taking a lunch break is actually MORE productive

- Tools you can use to help with the ergonomics of standing

- The proper food to fuel your body

- The best way to approach sleep

- “The CIA uses sleep deprivation as torture. Let’s not torture ourselves.”

- How the industry has changed in the last forty years--from film to digital

- What it means to be an editor in today’s world with today’s technology

- The differences between working in documentary versus scripted

- Walter’s thoughts on being “below the line”

- Rebounding from working a long job, aka recovering from “hiatus flu”

Useful Links:

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

Behind the Seen

In the Blink of an Eye

The Conversations

Essential tools for a standing workstation:

apple box

lacrosse balls

vibrams

foam rollers

TopoMat

Download the E-book 'How to Overcome (And Avoid) Burnout'

Blog: 'My System For Getting Seven Hours of Sleep Every 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_ep60_WalterMurch.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:55pm PDT

Making the transition from assistant to editor is never an easy one. There isn't a roadmap that everyone can follow, everyone's path is different. In today's episode I chat with Minority Report editor Tyler Cook about the steps we believe are important for assistants to follow if they want to sit in the editor's chair someday. This conversation applies to scripted, documentary, reality, marketing, you name it. This is not about technology, it's about what it takes to get noticed.

Although he’s relatively young, Tyler's success did not happen overnight. Tyler worked hard as a college student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a small conservatory for the arts at the University of North Carolina, then transitioned to assisting on indie features and  eventually made his way to scripted television.

I spoke with Tyler about his career path and how he was able to move through the ranks of intern, assistant editor and editor so quickly. Not only does he talk about essential skills an assistant editor needs to make it as an editor, but also how important it is to have a positive work ethic.

Don't have time to listen? Click here for your bonus PDF: Making the Jump from Assistant Editor to Editor

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- Tyler’s background and starting as an assistant editor on indie features

- Essentials skills and ways to demonstrate your passion and dedication

- Tyler’s career trajectory and how he was bumped up on Vampire Diaries

- No excuses! Work hard and do your job well

- How you can demonstrate your passion for the work in your own way

- Take care of the small stuff

- Ask lots of questions and get clarification when you don’t understand something

- You need to pay attention when doing dailies...and everything else! Pay attention to details!

- Storytelling through your sound work

- How vital sound work can be for those watching your cut

- Let your intentions be known, but make sure you do the job you are hired to do

- Do the extra work and go the extra mile to demonstrate your skills and dedication

- Take initiative -- ask your editor if you can shadow him/her (once you’re done with your work)

- How to conduct yourself in the room with directors and producers

- How editors can help train their assistants in a productive and safe way

- Taking care of yourself can make all the difference when you’re trying to make it to the next level

Useful Links:

www.tyleredits.com

Ep 48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 1

Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 2

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_ep59_TylerCook.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:21am PDT

In this episode I do a deep dive with my assistant Natalie Boschan into every vital step of our editorial workflow at Empire from day one until delivery of a locked episode. We discuss in detail the systems we've developed to become a more efficient and productive team over the years. Although we use Avid at Empire, the organizational systems and templates we've created can be applied to any NLE workflow in scripted, reality, documentary, or otherwise. 

Click here to download a FREE PDF with our project setup checklist

Our show sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

- How we set up our projects before every new episode

- How to spend more of your time being creative 

- The foundation of being efficient  - media management and organization!

- Why folder structure in your NLE is important

- How to eliminate errors like working on the wrong sequence, version etc.

- Why you should build an elements project

- Ritualizing behaviors and time management

- Google Drive and why it’s so easy to use in a post workflow, especially if you want to go paperless

- How Trello can REVOLUTIONIZE your workflow for scripted and documentary

- Eliminating human error with checklists in Trello

- How making templates can eliminate “brain drain” and “time sucks”

- Mistakes happen--make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice!

- Build the checklist that works for you

- Organizing email with Trello

- How being organized and efficient will help you get more jobs!

Useful Links:

TopoMat

Ep 47 - Master Trainer Maxim Jago on Being a More Efficient Editor

Trello

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_ep54_Empire_Workflow.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:59pm PDT

Jeff Greenberg is a master trainer that travels worldwide teaching editors how to become NLE ninjas and he drops knowledge bombs like nobody's business. He is an author, educator, consultant, and Zen film geek. If you are not familiar with Jeff's work, you need to get familiar with him if you hope to become a top level post-production professional.

In today's episode we discuss how to train yourself to get into the creative zone when you need to as opposed to waiting for that moment to happen organically. We discuss the role of sleep, how to minimize outside distractions, how to organize your thoughts, and plenty of other ways to train yourself to focus when you need it the most.

I have also provided a bonus document that outlines five simple ways you can minimize distractions to maximize focus while on the job.

Click here to download our bonus document to maximize your focus

Our show sponsor:

Contact us for sponsorship opportunities

Topics of Conversation:

- How Jeff and I met at Adobe Premiere Pro World Conference in 2014 and how meeting him has inspired me to continue building Fitness In Post

- Jeff's background working in post-production and how he's gained 50 pounds over the years because of living a more sedentary lifestyle

- The most common challenges for new editors and assistants and how they can be overcome

- My experience working as my own assistant editor without a mentor and the importance of having a mentor

- How the number one way to achieve your goals is to establish your "why"

- In this industry it is a badge of honor to see who can get the most done with the least amount of sleep and why this is an idiotic way to live your life

- How sleep deprivation destroyed my memory and ability to complete simple tasks

- You are not a "night person" even though you may think so

- The basic supplements that neither Jeff nor I ever skip in the morning

- How to overcome inertia and build momentum with your health

- Using Evernote to manage information. Keep everything out of our brain so you make more space for creative thought.

- Using the GTD method to conserve brain energy and organize your life

- Using the Pomodoro technique to maximize creative energy throughout the day and get yourself in the zone on demand

- The black holes of e-mail and social media and how to manage e-mail newsletters

- Managing your schedule, phone calls, and appointments with YouCanBook.Me and social media with MeetEdgar

Useful Links:

Editor's Retreat

Bulletproof Coffee

Shakeology

FiP Podcast "Supplementation 101" with Dr. Edison de Mello 

My blog post about my most recent experience with post-production burnout

Emergent Task Planner

Parkinson's Law

Spark App

Unroll.Me

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_ep52_JeffGreenberg.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:41pm PDT

Going paperless in post-production is a task I assumed was impossible no less than a year ago. With the endless amount of script pages, notes, camera reports and the like, I assumed there was no way to rid my life of paper. In the last year, however, I have solved this dilemma and gone paperless. It's real, and it's fantastic.

In this episode I have a conversation with Asian Efficiency expert Zack Sexton about how to go paperless as well as how to manage documents with Evernote and Google Drive. Moreover we geek out on my favorite productivity tool on the planet Trello.

If you'd like to learn more about how I use these tools to save tons of precious time every day, I have written a helpful document to walk you through my daily use of Evernote, Google Drive, and Trello in a busy post-production environment.

Click here to download our free document to boost your productivity

Our show sponsor:

GeekDesk

Topics of Conversation:

- Where to start when going paperless and how to come up with a system

- Using Evernote for scanning papers right into your phone and collecting it in one place

- My personal story of where I started with going paperless and how I got started

- How my assistant and I manage daily paperwork via Google Drive

- How I use Trello to manage all of my notes from directors and producers

- Why you shouldn't completely shun paper like I have

- How to manage projects in a collaborative environment with Trello and why e-mail is the worst task manager on the planet

- Managing project conversations with Slack

- How to stay focused on a specific project by using 'Mindsets' to filter information you don't need at a given time

- How to manage notifications to minimize distractions during work

- How all of these productivity secrets fit into the big picture of optimizing yourself for maximum creativity

Useful Links:

FiP Ep38 "Task Management and Establishing Rituals"

FiP Ep23 "Hacking Your Productivity"

Fujitsu ScanSnap at Amazon

Trello

David Allen's "Getting Things Done"

OmniFocus Task Manager

Asian Efficiency 'OmniFocus Premium Posts'

Slack

The Productivity Show on iTunes

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_ep51_ZackSexton.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

The following is a reading of my blog post "How to Overcome Post-Production Burnout" located at www.fitnessinpost.com/burnoutrecovery.

Thank you for listening. Be well

Direct download: FiP_BlogReading_BurnoutRecovery.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:21am PDT

Jim Read is a a highly sought after graphic designer and creative director. He works long hours and also has three children but somehow manages to fit competitive cycling into his already ridiculous schedule. Four years ago Jim lived the same sedentary lifestyle we all struggle to overcome; he was overweight, had bad eating habits, and incorporated little to no activity into his day. Then one Thanksgiving he realized that if something didn’t change in his life, in ten years he would be facing a terrible health crisis.

In this episode Jim and I talk about Jim's journey going from overweight and out of shape to putting his life back together, and then ultimately becoming a competitive cyclist.

Our show sponsor:

GeekDesk

Topics of Conversation:

- How Jim manages to make time for THREE different jobs - working as a graphic designer, a father to three children and cycling

- Jim’s story of how he went from sitting behind his desk to spin classes at the YMCA to competitive cycling

- Jim’s simple solution to sticking with a diet and exercise program

- How generating momentum was one of the keys to Jim’s success

- Food addiction is a real problem. We discuss how to manage junk food cravings around the home and office

- Jim gives us some helpful digital tools for anyone who is serious about cycling

- We discuss how time management and efficiency helped Jim fit cycling into his busy schedule  

- Sleep is also incredibly important! If you can’t recover with a good night’s rest, you can’t maintain this sort of lifestyle

- How to “gamify” the small tasks in your life so you can become more efficient at doing them

- Working with your limitations not against them

- Jim talks about the dark side of competing at this level--injuries, losing and it’s tough on the mind and body. Make sure you do this safely!

Useful Links:

RichRoll.com

Finding Ultra

Freshly.com

Strava Cycling and Running App

Training Peaks

Cycle-Smart

Sleep Cycle alarm app

jim-read.com

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.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Direct download: FiP_ep50_JimRead.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:38pm PDT

Kenn Bell is a filmmaking everyman: He has directed, edited, produced, been a director of photography, created his own shows....you name it, Ken has experience doing it. His crowning achievement is the immensely popular web series and website The Dog Files.
 
But our conversation today is not about filmmaking, it's about Ken's lifelong journey of yo-yo dieting and gaining, losing, gaining again, and often losing upwards of 75 to 100 pounds. We discuss the many things he did that didn't work, but more importantly we talk about the strategies he has used to keep the weight off on a more permanent basis, and how the quality of his life has changed drastically because of these changes.
 
If you want to end deprivation and crash diets and find lifelong changes that last (and that you enjoy), then Ken's story is for you.
 
Our Show Sponsor:

GeekDesk

Topics of Conversation:

- Ken's background as a filmmaker and animal advocate

- How Ken will spend years on a single project, how that has affected his health, and why he decided it was time to focus on his health to be a better filmmaker

- Ken discovering the power of walking and how powerful it can be for losing weight

- How being overweight made it incredibly hard for Ken to shoot docs in the field and how it was a warning sign to make a change

- Ken discovering The 10-Day Detox Diet and deciding to eliminate sugar from his diet

- Ken's strategies for dealing with traveling and conventions

- Ken's experience detoxing from sugar and how it is akin to detoxing from heroine, but how after 5 days he felt like he could take over the world

- How just changing his cooking methods helped Ken effortlessly lose weight

- How Ken starting making 'lifestyle choices' rather than choosing 'diets'

- The specific things Ken did that DIDN'T work (e.g. Weight Watchers)

- Ken's recipe for his morning smoothie that helps him lose weight

- How making an investment in your health now is like a 401k 

Useful Links:

Ken's Website The Dog Files

Dr. Mark Hyman's 10-Day Detox Diet

My review of the book 'Rich Food, Poor Food'

The documentary film 'Fed Up'

The Calorie Myth

Nutribullet Products over at the FiP Store

Shakeology

Brain Octane Oil

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and this show is executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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_ep49_KennBell.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

Maxim Jago is literally "the guy that wrote the book on Avid and Adobe Premiere." He's also an award winning director, tech author, award winning screenwriter, futurist...you name it, this guy knows something about it.

We talk specifically about how to become more focused and centered at work and in life, how to organize your day, and even specifics tips and tricks to organize your timeline, projects, bins, folders, whatever it takes to get more done during the day.

We go from giant meta concepts to specific action steps in a single sentence, so stay focused and you may come away with some game-changing ways to enhance your day.

Our Show Sponsor:

Lifespan

Topics of Conversation:

- Zack's morning routine and how it increases his productivity, then we segue into Maxim's morning routine which is very different but equally effective

- Why a morning routine isn't a set thing and can be tailored to when you have the most creative energy during the day (i.e. budgeting your energy)

- How making decisions requires energy and that energy is a finite resource, so you have to build up your capacity for mental focus over time

- How incorporating meditation into your day can drastically increase your productivity

- The importance of slowing down and how it can actually increase your productivity drastically (and how this technique can even include cat videos on YouTube!)

- Hacking all-nighters with exercise instead of caffeine and stimulants

- Why you shouldn't be ashamed of that afternoon nap (and why NASA agrees)

- How to structure your day around focused periods of work and breaks ((i.e. The 'Pomodoro' techique) rather than just droning on all day long trying to get stuff done 

- How the brain absolutely cannot multitask and how micro distractions can drastically derail your efficiency

- How stress is a biological barrier to memory creation and even creative thought

- Why focusing on stress management is the ultimate productivity hack

- Why naming your bins and organizing your media is ESSENTIAL to being a fast and productive editor (and why)

- Using Evernote and OmniFocus to prioritize your goals and your day

- How to maximize naming your sequences and versioning

- The myth of 'Picture Lock'

- How your ability to access material very quickly can make or break whether or not you get hired on the next job

- Learning to hone your first instincts

Useful Links:

The Nutreínce mutlivitamin powder I put in my water in the morning

FiP Ep 23: 'Hacking Your Productivity' with Zack Sexton

FiP Ep 38: 'Task Management and Establishing Rituals' with Zack Sexton

A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout

Headspace meditation app

Bulletproof Coffee Kit

Study showing 52 minutes on 17 minutes off is the optimal pomodoro

OmniFocus and Omnifocus Premium Posts

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.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep47_MaximJago.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:57pm PDT

I love brain science. Love it. And if you're like me, this episode won't disappoint. In this episode I speak with Bill Harris about his technology Holosync and how it can enhance the effects of meditation and thus brain function. Bill Harris is an author, speaker, brain research expert, and thought leader. Founder of Centerpointe Research Institute, he is the creator of Holosync audio technology, used by over 2 million people in 193 countries to create brain changes that lead to remarkable mental, emotional, and spiritual changes usually experienced only by those who have meditated for 30+ years.

To quote Bill and put it simply, "Holosync meditates you." And boy does it. I've been using it for a few months now and the effects are nothing short of profound.

Our Show Sponsor:

Lifespan

Our Latest Prize Giveaway:

Click here to enter our Lifespan Treadmill Desk Giveaway!

We are giving away a Lifespan Treadmill Desk worth $1300, no purchase is necessary. It takes about 3 minutes to enter and entries will be gathered throughout the month of August. One random winner will be chosen September 1st. Good luck!

Topics of Conversation:

- Bill's background in brain science and where Holosync came from (like most amazing discoveries, it started in a basement)

- How Holosync is different than those 99 cent "binaural beat" apps

- How Holosync alters brain waves and brings about more awareness, and "awareness brings choice"

- The "marshmallow test" and the science behind delayed gratification, how it applies to brain science, and how it leads to more success later in life

- The science behind meditation and how the practice can change your brainwave patterns

- The brain scans of Tibetan Buddhist monks 

- How you literally don't need ANY extra time in the day to use Holosync

- The simple how-to steps to use Holosync

- How Holosync can drastically increase creative thinking

- How Holosync can have a tremendous benefit to your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) 

Useful Links:

Get Holosync

FiP Podcast Ep 31: "Managing Stress Using HRV"

FREE COPY of "The New Science of Super-Awareness"

FiP Podcast Ep 35: "Spartan Race Founder Joe de Sena"

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.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep46_Holosync.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm PDT

Gray Jones is an accomplished reality television editor (here are his credits on IMDB), who recently completed his journey to lose 60 pounds. He is no stranger to a sedentary lifestyle and long hours, but he bucked the trend and decided it was time to make a serious change in his life. And the greatest part about his story is that he lost the weight doing nothing more than making a series of very simple, small changes over time.

Our Show Sponsor:

Lifespan

Our Latest Prize Giveaway:

Click here to enter our Lifespan Treadmill Desk Giveaway!

We are giving away a Lifespan Treadmill Desk worth $1300, no purchase is necessary. It takes about 3 minutes to enter and entries will be gathered throughout the month of August. One random winner will be chosen September 1st. Good luck!

Topics of Conversation:

- Gray's background and experience as an editor and how his health deteriorated over the years after falling into a sedentary lifestyle

- The sign Gray received that made him realize he had to make a change in his life

- Gray deciding he wasn't going to "diet," he was going to make a "lifestyle change" that was permanent

- Where Gray started on day 1 and the actionable steps and small changes that he followed to lose the weight

- The pros and cons of eating right before bed and/or staggering your meals to maintain your metabolism

- How Gray tracks his sleep, steps, and caloric intake to develop awareness

Gray's decision to cut soda out of his life and why he never looked back

- How sugar is more addictive than cocaine or heroine and why you're unwilling to give up soda

- How reading nutrition labels can change your life, and Gray's discovery of how many foods have artificial sweeteners

- How to change your perspective from pushing the boulder up the mountain to gently nudging the snowball down the mountain

- Gray's way to include "cheat foods" into his diet without really cheating

Useful Links:

Alpha Dogs Post-Production

"Enter the Zone: A Dietary Roadmap" by Dr. Barry Sears

"Rich Food, Poor Food" pt 1 (why artificial sweeteners are bad for you)

"Rich Food, Poor Food" pt 2 (how to learn to shop for healthy foods)

The Fitness In Post program

The Fitness In Post Fitbit Leaderboard

Is diet soda worse than regular soda? 

Gray Jones on Twitter

Gray Jones at 'Staff Me Up'

The TV Writer Podcast

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.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep45_GrayJones.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT

The following is a reading of my blog post "A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout." You can read the full post here.

Thank you for listening. Be well.

Direct download: FiP_BlogReading_Burnout.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:44pm PDT

14 months ago Jane Arnold (my mom) was diagnosed with Stage 3 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an incurable form of blood cancer. She was literally on her deathbed and I was told in no uncertain terms that I had to fly home to say my good-byes. But if you knew her, you'd know she doesn't give up easy (a trait I have clearly inherited). And for the last year she has completely transformed her lifestyle and is more healthy and vibrant than I've ever seen her. EVER.

In this episode we discuss the practical tips and small changes she has implemented to transform her life (hint: none of them are terribly difficult). A year ago she was 65 pounds heavier eating nothing but junk and never being active. Listen in to hear how she lost 65 pounds and is now the most energetic she has ever been.

Our Show Sponsor:

Lifespan

Our Latest Prize Giveaway:

Click here to enter our Lifespan Treadmill Desk Giveaway!

We are giving away a Lifespan Treadmill Desk worth $1300, no purchase is necessary. It takes about 3 minutes to enter and entries will be gathered throughout the month of August. One random winner will be chosen September 1st. Good luck!

Topics of Conversation:

- Jane's background eating nothing but processed junk food and not being active for decades, and her experience being diagnosed with cancer after visiting the ER

- Discovering a new type of chemotherapy that drastically improved her quality of life

- How she now gets upwards of 5000 steps per day and is motivated by the documentary film GO FAR (full disclosure: I produced & directed this film)

- The decades of bad choices Jane made regarding dietary choices and "the way things were done" in the 60's through the 90's

- Growing up and raising kids ordering take-out and cooking with the microwave

- How I grew up in a house with no positive influence of watching my parents being active or exercising and how that impacts behavior

- Being a part of the "Mad Men" generation and falling for food advertising hook, line, and sinker (think Velveeta, Kraft, etc)

- What motivated Jane to fight back and make all the changes she did

- How Jane went from not being able to walk to doing several thousand steps a day and driving herself places (which she was told she would never do again)

- Jane's dietary transformation

Useful Links:

GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

Shakeology

Bulletproof Coffee

FiP Podcast Ep 7: Integrative Medicine, pt1 with Dr. Edison de Mello

FiP Podcast Ep 8: integrative medicine, pt2 with Dr. Edison de Mello

Dr. de Mello's profile at The Akasha Center

Tracking steps with a Fitbit tracker

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.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep44_KickingCancersAss.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

The chances are over 90% that you are micronutrient insufficient. And the scariest part is that you most likely don't even know what micronutrients are and how to get the right ones. My guests today are certified micronutrients specialists and nutritionists Mira & Jayson Calton (returning guests from eps 33 and 34). In today's episode we specifically discuss their brand new book The Micronutrient Miracle, a game-changer if you are tired of the non-stop fighting about "the perfect diet."

If you just want straight, science-based information with easy to follow steps about how to approach your diet without worrying about sticking to a specific dogma (think "Paleo" or "Vegan") The Micronutrient Miracle is the place for you to start.

Our Show Sponsor:

Lifespan

Topics of Conversation:

- Mira and Jayson's quest across all seven continents searching for the common denominator in nutrition across cultures in over 135 countries

- The concept of being a "nutrivore," i.e. becoming micronutrient sufficient, and how to apply it to any healthy dietary philosophy

- The in-fighting between different dietary communities (e.g. Paleo vs Vegan) and how it's irrelevant if you choose the most nutrient-dense foods in that path

- Why micronutrient insufficiency is the most widespread and dangerous health condition of the 21st century (and more importantly...WHY YOU SHOULD BE TERRIFIED)

- Why being micronutrient sufficient isn't a free pass to eat whatever you want (and the science behind it)

- How The Micronutrient Miracle works and how to navigate it

- How you can determine whether or not you are micronutrient insufficient

- How each of the different micronutrient protocols can be used for specific health conditions (e.g. high blood pressure or anxiety)

- Zero Movement Training (ZMT) and how to get all the benefits of exercise without stripping your body of micronutrients

- The "Pantry Purge" and the bulletproof list of foods you should eliminate from your house if your goal is improving your overall health

- How to restock your house after the pantry purge

- The "Triple Threats," super simple recipes for nutrient dense protein drinks with tons of micronutrients and fats, and how to make them in less than 120 seconds

- How to make "Triple Threat" ice cream, cheesecake, etc and how they can give your body everything it needs (yes...dessert can be healthy)

- How to get $200 worth of FREE FOOD just for purchasing their book (for $11)

Our Latest Prize Giveaway:

Click here to enter our Lifespan Treadmill Desk Giveaway!

We are giving away a Lifespan Treadmill Desk worth $1300, no purchase is necessary. It takes about 3 minutes to enter and entries will be gathered throughout the month of August. One random winner will be chosen September 1st. Good luck!

Useful Links:

Get $200 in amazing gift certificates when purchasing The Micronutrient Miracle

Purchase Nutreínce

FiP Podcast Ep 33 "Rich Food, Poor Food" Pt1

FiP Podcast Ep 34 "Rich Food, Poor Food" Pt2

Get your free copy of "Rich Food, Poor Food"

Focus Time App

Kettlebell Timer Pro

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show was 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_ep43_MicronutrientMiracle.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:32pm PDT

Welcome to Fitness In Post 2.0! I've been on hiatus for a while, but in the that time I have been working on the best ways to improve the program and serve you. I have made it my mission to become the voice of health & wellness in the post-production industry. Learn more about the new version of Fitness In Post and what will be changing in the coming weeks and months.

E-MAIL ME! I need to know your answer to the following question: "What is the greatest challenge you face trying to be healthy in the post-production industry?" Please send me an e-mail to contact@fitnessinpost.com. The more I know about the challenges you face, the better I can serve you.

WIN! I let the cat out of the bag in this episode...starting August 3rd through the month of August I will be running a giveaway for a Lifespan Treadmill Desk worth $1300! Learn more at www.fitnessinpost.com/win.

If you would like to support the Fitness In Post program and keep it alive, please consider using the link www.fitnessinpost.com/amazon for all of your future Amazon purchases. It doesn't cost you a cent, but any purchases you make when visiting Amazon using this link mean that Amazon will donate 5% back to the Fitness In Post program. YOU PAY NOTHING. That's coming out of their pocket!!! Bookmark www.fitnessinpost.com/amazon and you're set for life.

Thanks for your continued support of Fitness In Post. I'm very excited about what's to come.

Be well.

Zack Arnold

Founder, Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_Welcome_to_Fitness_In_Post_2.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:41pm PDT

I am announcing a brief hiatus for the Fitness In Post podcast as I begin the process of building a bigger and better program for everyone in the post-production industry. Please send me an e-mail to contact@fitnessinpost.com letting me know what the greatest challenge is that you face as someone in post who's interested in becoming healthier. Thank you for being amazing fans!

Direct download: FiP_SpecialEdition_052915.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:50pm PDT

 "We have to remind ourselves WHY we're doing what we're doing."

- Michael Rizk

In this episode I have a conversation with Michael Rizk, a lifestyle and performance catalyst who guides people on the fitness/wellness journey to get from where they are to where they want to be. His background is in personal training, massage therapy, chain reaction biomechanics, life coaching and he's an educator at heart. Michael helps his clients reach their goals by creating a lifestyle that produces and supports them. Michael owns and operates Condition for Life and has pioneered an online version of his program called The Revolution.

Topics of Conversation Include:

- What is Condition 4 Life and how it helps to create balance throughout the whole body to improve mobility & performance

- Michael's path to becoming a performance coach

- How to condition all parts of the human being, i.e. the "Movement Triangle" of Body, Mind, and Spirit

- How the movement chain works to fix mobility issues

- Integrating "Movement, Nourishment, Rest, and Relationships"

- How a movement therapy session can work remotely via Skype

- How to apply the movement chain to other portions of your life (i.e. mind and spirit)

- How making a change in your life can affects personal relationships and how to deal with that

- How to embrace a mindset and lifestyle around being healthier, and how to do it via online coaching

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

GenArts

Adobe

Useful Links:

 
 
 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes!

 

Direct download: FiP_ep42_Michael_Rizk.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:14pm PDT

"You have to be your own champion because no one else is going to do it" - Katie Toomey

In this episode I have a candid conversation with agency editor Katie Toomey. This conversation was inspired by a recent article in Creative Cow titled "An Agency Editor Tells Her Story," written by FiP's own Kylee Wall. Katie and I talk about her journey from being an unhealthy, 90 pound overweight editor to someone who decided to transform her life wholesale. And she is succeeding.

Topics of Conversation Include:

Katie's post production background

A day in the life of Katie at work

Coping with raised anxiety levels when people are in the room

Life as an editor at an agency

Katie discusses how she began this journey to better health

Needing surgery for a collapsed lung

Katie's small steps to better health

Getting in shape and how to make permanent change 

How to succeed by doing what works for you--trying still means you're succeeding!

How Katie use MyFitnessPal to reach her health goals

Katie's editing environment and hacking her workspace

We can change ourselves and work to help change our industry

We need awareness of what our industry is -- Should we kill ourselves for the job? Should everything be ASAP?

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

GenArts

Adobe

Useful Links:

Cell Dwellers - "Unshakeable" -- animated music video on YouTube

Karmic Courage Film: Ingenue

 

   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXi_d0yGSkw  

   Film website: https://karmiccourage.wordpress.com/films/

Creative Cow link to article

Public FIP facebook group link

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review between April 15th and May 12th, you will be eligible to win a That Studio Effects HD package worth $599!

Direct download: FiP_ep41_KatieToomey.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

"The business doesn't need changing, we just need to decide to change ourselves." - Alan Bell

In this episode I speak with Hollywood tentpole editor Alan Bell (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). We discuss the current state of the post-production industry from a health & wellness perspective.

Topics of Conversation Include:

- Alan's background as an athlete when he began his career

- Alan integrating Fitness In Post into his schedule and using MyFitnessPal to lose upwards of 2 pounds per week

- Why Alan counts calories, as well as his daily fitness regimen while working on big films

- How being more diligent about his health has made Alan a more effective editor, husband, and father

- Changing his mindset to food becoming fuel

- Eating "crunchy snacks" versus eating real food

- A snapshot in a "day-in-the-life" of editing a giant tentpole feature film

- Life on location and dealing with the grind

- Are the hours worth it? If not, what do we do about it?

- Finding your "why"

- Why making the right or wrong financial choices can have an impact on your health

- How to make sure there are healthy food options provided by catering, or how to adapt

- How to replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones

Useful Links:

MyFitnessPal

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

GenArts

Adobe

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review between April 15th and May 1st, you will be eligible to win a That Studio Effects HD package worth $599!

Direct download: FiP_ep40_AlanBell.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm PDT

Jessa Greenfield is the "better half" of Ben Greenfield Fitness and an invaluable resource when it comes to eating real food, making cooking easy, and raising a healthy family. In today's show we discuss practical ways to incorporate healthy snacks into a diet at work with minimal effort, how to replace processed meals and snacks with simple homemade recipes, and even how to cook right at the office!

Topics of Conversation Include:

Jessa's background living on a farm and growing up as an athelete

Jessa's approach to finding balance in life with her family and "How to attain a healthy life without making it painful"

Simple actionable solutions to make small changes to your diet

Healthy snack replacements at the office that require zero preparation

Healthy snack options that can be prepared right at work with 1 or two ingredients

Being strategic about the timing of cheat meals

How to make "energy balls" and energy bars, including a genius idea for a simple "avocado pudding"

The different effects of different sweeteners and why it's better to make your own energy bars instead of Lara Bars and Clif Bars

How to prepare a full healthy meal right at the office

Why Jessa doesn't use a microwave and how you can re-heat foods without one 

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

GenArts

Adobe

Useful Links:

Ben Greenfield Fitness

The Ben Greenfield "Inner Circle"

My podcast with Spartan Race founder Joe de Sena

Some great energy ball recipes

Tony Horton's "No Bake Shakeology Energy Balls"

My microwave vegetable steamer at work

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review between April 15th and May 1st, you will be eligible to win a That Studio Effects HD package worth $599!

Direct download: FiP_ep39_JessaGreenfield.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

"There just aren't enough hours in the day" is no longer an excuse once you become "Asian Efficient." In this episode I speak with returning guest Zack Sexton of Asian Efficiency about AE's new 'Rituals' program, and we also do a deep dive into task management with my new favorite program on the planet - OmniFocus - and their product OmniFocus Premium Posts.

Topics of conversation include:

Up to 45% of the things we do every day are unconcious, and how to intentionally set more behaviors on "auto pilot" to increase productivity

The basics of establishing rituals

The concept of decision fatigue and how it applies to post-production on a daily basis

How do you actually make something a habit?

The concept of the "trigger" and the "reward"

How many days does it actually take to form a habit?

How to establish triggers to stop forgetting to do certain things on a daily basis

An example of establishing a healthy morning ritual 

How to establish a 10-minute morning stretching routine

The difference between 'rituals' and 'habits'

How to manage tasks with OmniFocus Premium Posts

How OmniFocus changed my entire daily workflow

No longer having to remember anything thanks to the GTD method

Useful Links:

Screenshot of the podcast review random drawing

2006 Duke Study on daily habits

Podcast Ep 23 "Hacking Your Productivity" with Zack Sexton

"Time to Make the Donuts" Dunkin Donuts Commercial

Podcast Ep 31 "Managing Stress With HRV"

"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg

"How Are Habits Formed?"

"If This Then That"

The Sitting Solution

Nutréince Multivitamin

Podcast Ep 33 "Rich Food, Poor Food" pt 1

Podcast Ep 34 "Rich Food, Poor Food" pt 2

Coach.me

Habit RPG

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

GenArts

Adobe

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review between April 5th and 13th, you will be entered to win the new Asian Efficiency 'Rituals' program valued at $197!

Direct download: FiP_ep38_AsianEfficiency.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:24pm PDT

Health and wellness are seldom the first priority of large multinational corporations, but that's not the case with Adobe. In this episode I speak with Kris Herrera who is the Global Employee Services Manager for Adobe, and I also speak with Todd Kopriva who is the product manager for Adobe's visual effects and motion graphics applications which includes Adobe After Effects and its kin. We discuss what is wrong with most corporate cultures as far as their approach to health for their employees as well as the ways that Adobe is changing that.

Topics of conversation include:

- Adobe's definition of "wellness"

- How Kris and Adobe have reshaped their employees' ability to eat healthy foods at the office

- How to avoid "burn out" by feeding yourself the proper fuel

- Adobe's Fitbit program for every one of their employees

- Todd's strategy for racking up TONS of steps on the FiP Fitbit Leaderboard

- Building "awareness" by quantifying your activity and caloric intake (i.e. step 2)

- Todd's experience as an endurance athlete and ultra-marathon runner

- Todd's realistic and practical approach to including steps into his daily routine

- How increased activity can "loosen you up" and increase your ability to perform on the job

- Using standing desks, treadmill desks, and even elliptical bike desks

- Incorporating The Sitting Solution into your daily routine

- How just standing all day is almost as unhealthy as sitting all day

- Keyboard & mouse ergonomics as related to repetitive stress injuries

- How you can change the culture at your office to be more like Adobe's

- Incorporating standing and activity into meetings to enhance group productivity

Our Sponsors:

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Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX

GenArts

Adobe

Useful Links:

The Sitting Solution

My podcast with the creators of 'The Sitting Solution'

Adobe's list of health & wellness resources

Kris Herrera on LinkedIn

Todd Kopriva on Twitter

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

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If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review between now and April 3rd your name will be entered into a random drawing for a 500GB G-Tech ev RAW!

Direct download: FiP_ep37_Adobe.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:28pm PDT

Paleo and Primal are popular buzz words in the health and fitness industry right now, but I think it's unfair to call them 'fads' as many people do, especially since these philosophies are designed based on millions of years of human evolution. My guest Mark Sisson is one of the godfathers of the paleo and primal diet and fitness movements, and we do a deep dive into living a 'primal lifestyle,' and we also dispel some of the myths and false atacks against this approach.

*PS. My apologies for the scratchy audio quality throughout this show.

Topics of discussion include:

- The purpose of 'The Primal Blueprint' and how we can reprogram our genes to burn more fat and become less dependent on medication to be 'healthy'

- Why the Paleo Diet is not a 'fad'

- What does "Going Paleo" look like?

- The mistake of just eating "real food"

- Why the Paleo diet was dead last on the list of US News & World Report's "Best Diets"

- The metaanalysis proving saturated fat is not a cause of heart disease

- The long term health effects of going Paleo

- Learning how to become good at burning stored body fat

-  How changing your diet can help you avoid being "The Grumpy Editor"

- The "diseases of civilization" and how they stem from chronic inflammation

- Mayonnaise is back with 'Primal Mayo'

- Taking a primal approach to activity and applying that to a sedentary lifestyle

- The difference between exercise and constant activity

- The benefits of short bursts of high intensity exercise like kettlebells and sprinting

Useful Links:

Mark's Daily Apple

The Primal Blueprint

"Why Grains Are Unhealthy" by Mark Sisson

Dr. McDougal's Comments referenced in the podcast

Primal Mayo at Primal Kitchen

Lifespan Treadmills for Desks

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

G-Tech

That Studio

Boris FX 

Adobe

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes!

If you leave a review between March 15th and April 3rd, we will draw your name from all the reviews and winner will receive a 500GB G-Tech ev Raw!

Direct download: FiP_ep36_MarkSissonPrimalLifestyle.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr. Edison de Mello, CEO of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine and founder of the supplement company Akasha Naturals. We talk about the toxicity in our modern environment and food supply and why it's important to consider taking various supplements if you want to do more than just barely survive. We also talk a lot about the supplementation industry and why it's important to know where your supplements come from. Our conversation is mostly "big picture" but we do talk specifically about two essential supplements for those who want to thrive: Vitamin D and Omega-3 fish oils.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Lifespan

That Studio

Boris FX

Adobe

Useful Links:

Akasha Naturals

Akasha Naturals at the FiP Store

FiP Podcast Ep 07: Integrative Medicine, Pt 1

FiP Podcast Ep 08: Integrative Medicine, Pt 2

Fip Podcast Ep 18: The Science Behind Anxiety and Depression

LabDoor

"What's In Those Supplements" from the New York Times

"The Definitive Fish Oil Buyer's Guide" via Chris Kresser

"The Crazy, True, And Scary Facts About the Supplement Industry" via Ben Greenfield

My Nutritional Panel Results

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_ep32_Supplements101.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

In this episode I have a conversation with editor Joe Leonard who is the lead editor on the show Empire on FOX. He is also a member of my latest challenge group (as well as my edit suite neighbor on Empire), and we discuss what it means to start a challenge group, the health obstacles he faces every day as a high level episodic editor, and how we adapt to become healthier without giving up time with our families.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

That Studio

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Beachbody Programs

The Sitting Solution

Show Credits:

This episode was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_ep30_JoeLeonard.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

In this episode I have a rapid-fire conversation with nutrition and fitness expert Ben Greenfield who 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. We discuss all kinds of health related topics listed below.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Topics of Conversation:

- Where the Standard American Diet came from (i.e. the "Food Pyramid"), why it's so wrong, and what you can do about it

- Ben's "Superhuman Food Pyramid"

- The spectrum of healthy and unhealthy foods on the pyramid

- Why we don't need glucose (i.e. carbohydrates) for energy

- Why eating fat is good for you

- Why Gatorade and sports drinks are bad for you

- Top 3 Recommendations for those out of shape who want to get healthier but don't know where to start (they aren't what you may think)

- Why being cold helps you burn calories ("Cold Thermogenesis")

- Top 3 Recommendations to avoid EMF in your office (Electromagnetic Fields)

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

That Studio

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Ben Greenfield Fitness

The Superhuman Food Pyramid

- "Grain Brain" by Dr. David Perlmutter

- "Wheat Belly" by William Davis

- Ben's Quick & Dirty Tips

- How to Detox Your Home (and office)

- Negative Ion Generator

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_ep29_BenGreenfield.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

In this episode I chat with Curtis Fritsch about our pre and post-race experience running the Malibu Spartan Sprint. The pre-race interview is in the car on the way to the event, and the post-race interview was done via Skype a couple weeks later. We discuss a little of our training, but mostly we talk about the course specifics, our favorite and least favorite obstacles, and Curtis even threw in a great free plug for Shakeology.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

RSVP for the next FiP Challenge Group.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Spartan Race

GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

Spartan Up!

Spartan Sprint Facebook album

Grip Strenghteners on Amazon

What is a burpee?

My 2013 Hurrican Heat video

Obstacle Dominator Podcast

Ben Greenfield Fitness

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_Ep28_WeekendWarriorUpdate.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:17am PDT

In this episode I interview Chad & Brenda Walding, Doctors of Physical Therapy and the authors of the new book The Sitting Solution, a brilliant resource for anyone (read: everyone) in our industry who is sedentary for more than 6-8 hours per day. We talk about the health problems associated with chronic sitting, and more importantly, we talk about the realistic solutions to fixing years of chronic pain, as well as reversing the negative health effects of being sedentary. And even if you're already standing, there is still a lot to learn about staying healthy. This is a MUST LISTEN for everyone in our industry.

 Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

 The Sitting Solution

"Don't Break the Chain" method of habit forming

Lift Page for Daily #FiP30

The Pomodoro Method (via Asian Efficiency)

The equipment in my office "gym"

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

 

Direct download: FiP_ep27_TheSittingSolution.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:40pm PDT

In this quick & dirty episode I talk a little bit about some of my tactics for surviving insanely intense, long hours over the span of days or weeks.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

The Sitting Solution

Nutreínce

Shakeology

Podcast Ep23: "Hacking Your Productivity"

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_QD_Ep04_SurvivingLongHours.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

In this episode I speak with returning guest Dr. Michael Mark, a neuropsychologist and co-founder of NeuroEdge Inc, a brain treatment center in Southern California. We discuss the science behind how the brain functions in those with ADD and ADHD, the short and long term effects of medications and stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, why less people are actually ADD than they think, and how the brain really isn't capable of multitasking the way we think. I also share some of my own tips for avoiding being overwhelmed by too much footage.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

NeuroEdge Centers

Our Guest:

Dr. Michael Mark is a neuropsychologist, legal professional, and the co-founder of NeuroEdge Inc, a sports concussion and brain treatment center in Southern California. He holds degrees from UCLA and ABSI in Political Science and Neuropsychology, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University. He has been an entertainment manager, a professional sports agent, and a lawyer for industry elites. But his current specialty is treating traumatic brain injuries, neurological disorders, and optimizing human performance.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

 

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_ep26_ADDandADHD.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:21am PDT

In part 2 of this episode I continue my conversation with Kylee Wall and Siân Fever about work environments for women in post-production. This episode was inspired by a recent article by Kylee Wall on Creative Cow titled Sexism In Post. We talk about why Kylee wrote the article in the first place, lots of different studies about the gender gap in post-production, wage differences for the same jobs, and we even go as far to discuss sexual harassment and other not-so-pleasant topics.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Listen to part 1 here

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media research

Learning to Love Criticism

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Gender Gap in STEM

The Bechdel Test

A 2011 McKinsey

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead 

Howard / Heidi experiment

Confidence Woman in Time Magazine

Thelma Schoonmaker in MovieMaker Magazine

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_ep25_SexismInPost_pt2.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

In this quick & dirty episode I introduce our 30 day challenge for the month of December which is 30 squats per day for 30 days. I also talk about the new habit tracking app Lift and how we'll be incorporating it into our latest #FiP30 Challenge.

Join the #FiP30 Challenge via Lift

Learn more about the #FiP30 Challenge

 

Direct download: FiP_QD_Ep03_SquatChallenge.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:20pm PDT

In  this episode I speak with Kylee Wall and Siân Fever about work environments for women in post-production. This episode was inspired by a recent article by Kylee Wall on Creative Cow titled Sexism In Post. We talk about why Kylee wrote the article in the first place, lots of different studies about the gender gap in post-production, wage differences for the same jobs, and we even go as far to discuss sexual harassment and other not-so-pleasant topics. This is part 1 of a 2 part podcast.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media research

Learning to Love Criticism

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Gender Gap in STEM

The Bechdel Test

A 2011 McKinsey

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead 

Howard / Heidi experiment

Confidence Woman in Time Magazine

Thelma Schoonmaker in MovieMaker Magazine

Show Credits:

This episode was edited (with a REALLY fast turnaround) by Bart Walczak, and the show was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please subscribe to the show and leave us a review in iTunes! If you leave a review and we read it on the show, contact us and you'll win a free That Studio Atmospheres package valued at $99!

Direct download: FiP_Ep24_SexismInPostPt1.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:45pm PDT

In this quick & dirty episode I talk about my recent experience replacing Bulletproof Coffee beans with Starbucks Keurig coffee (hint: it didn't go well), and I also talk about the basic science behind Bulletproof Coffee and why it works so well for enhancing performance and improving cognitive function.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Adobe

Useful Links:

Purchase the Bulletproof Coffee Kit

Purchase Upgraded Brain Octane Oil

How to make Bulletproof Coffee

What the heck is a mycotoxin?

Mycotoxins at Wikipedia

Nutribullet

The Bulletproof Executive Home

Upgraded Self Home

Show Credits:

This episode was executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

Direct download: FiP_Q26D_Ep02_BulletproofCoffee.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:14pm PDT

In this episode I speak with Zack Sexton, a content creator for Asian Efficiency. We discuss ways to improve your e-mail workflow, task management and task management software, how to "eat your frog," and ways to establish morning or evening rituals to enhance your productivity, thus making your life less stressful. This is a must-listen for anyone feeling overwhelmed by their to-do lists.

Learn more about the Fitness In Post program here.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Topics of Conversation:

- "Inbox Zero" and managing e-mail more effectively

- "Eating That Frog," i.e. how to tackle your largest task of the day first

- "Solar Flaring," a technique to develop new habits and get things done

- The science behind why multi-tasking just doesn't work

- Why we should turn off ALL notifications on ALL of our devices

- Task management software and systems

- Morning and evening rituals

Useful Links:

- You Can Book Me

- David Allen's "Getting Things Done"

- Text Expander

- Trello

- OmniFocus

- Zeigarnick Effect

- FiveSentences.es

- Bulletproof Coffee

- Automate habits

- Just Get Flux

- James Clear's "Habit Stacking"

- Shakeology 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martin, and the show was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

Direct download: FiP_Ep23_HackingProductivity.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm PDT

In this episode Natalie Baker and I discuss our most recent experience at the 8.2 mile Spartan Race SUPER in Sacramento, CA. We walk through the race obstacle by obstacle (at least what we could remember), and what we learned from the experience, both physically and mentally.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Useful Links:

Spartan Race

Spartan Race Checklist

FiP Spartan Race Photo Album

What the heck is a burpee?

Show Credits:

This episode was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

 

Direct download: FiP_Ep22_SpartanWrapUp.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:20am PDT

In our first "Quick & Dirty" episode, I introduce the Fitness In Post "30 Day Challenge," and the challenge for the month of November is 30 push-ups per day. This is an excellent way to introduce a little bit of activity into our daily schedules that doesn't require setting aside extra time to exercise or go to the gym. Have a 60 second render? Drop and do 10 push-ups. Or set a timer and do 5 push-ups every hour for six hours. Or knock out all 30 at once after lunch to kill the pending food coma. It doesn't matter how you get there...the goal is to do 30 total push-ups per day for the next 30 days.

Use the hashtag #FiP30 to let everyone know you're making the commitment to be more active and take back your health!

Visit Fitness In Post to learn more about our program.

Direct download: FiP_QD_Ep01_PushUpChallenge.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

In this episode I speak with David Tarr, Chriss Horgan, and Sian Fever, the three top finalists of my most recent Fitness In Post challenge group. We discuss the challenges they face in their jobs as editors and sound editors, what they learned from the challenge group, how they improved, and most importantly...I announce who the grand prize winner of the GeekDesk is!

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Topics of Conversation:

Each member's state of health at the beginning of the program and why they joined the challenge group

Their favorite units of the program and what helped them the most

The number of calories in a 'crumpet'

Whether or not getting healthy is fun

Useful Links:

FiP Ep15: Step 3 'Making Small Changes' with Chriss Horgan

Spartan Race

'The Incredibles' Finalists Voting Page

FiP Clean Eating Challenge Group

My Fitness Pal

Fitbit

Fed Up Documentary

P90

P90X

P90X3

T25

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App

Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor

Mio Alpha Heart Rate Monitor

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

Direct download: FiP_Ep21_TheIncredibles.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

This episode is a question & answer episode where I answer the most common question I get: How does the Fitness In Post program work? And after answering that question I answer specific questions submitted by users via social media. I talk about different strategies to lose belly fat, and I discuss EMF (electromagnetic fields) and how to mitigate the negative health effects they have on us as professionals who work with electronics all day long.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Topics of Conversation:

Understanding the 5 steps of the Fitness In Post program

"How do I lose the excess fat around my waist?"

- You make 6-pack abs in the kitchen, not the gym

- Stress levels and weight loss

- How sleep affects weight loss

- Getting lots of low level activity throughout the day

"How can I mitigate or avoid the EMF radiation that comes from working with electronics all day long?"

Useful Links:

Nutreínce (All natural liquid multivitamin)

Shakeology

RSVP for the next Clean Eating Shakeology Challenge Group

The Fitness In Post Program

The Fitness In Post Resources

GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

My treadmill desk and why it’s easier than you think

Resources I reference about fat loss:

Mark Sisson - “Tips For Removing Excess Body Fat”

Mark Sisson - “17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight”

USA Today - "How Sleep Loss Leads to Significant Weight Gain"

Dave Asprey - "How to Hack Your Sleep"

Mark Sisson - "The Definitive Guide to Sleep"

Resources to learn more about EMF & negative ions:

Ben Greenfield - “7 Ways to Reduce Electrical Pollution In Your Office”

Ben Greenfield - “How to Hunt Down and Destroy Health Hazards In Your Environment"

Lapka Personal Environment Monitor

Mark Sisson - “What are the Health Benefits of Negative Ions?”

The Fat Burning Man - "Beat Electronic Pollution"

Negative Ion Generator

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Show Credits:

This episode was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

Direct download: FiP_Ep20_ListenerQA.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

In this episode I chat with Monica Daniel and Natalie Baker, two members of my initial Fitness In Post test group, and more importantly, two members of my Fitness In Post Spartan Race team. We discuss our reasons for participating in obstacle course racing, how anyone can train for these types of events, the mental and physical benefits of training, and other tips and tricks to becoming weekend warriors.

Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Topics of Conversation:

Why we sign up and participate in Spartan Races

Resources to learn more about training for an obstacle course race

How “weekend warriors” like editors can train for a Spartan Race

The idea of “obstacle immunity”

The different types of obstacles to expect at a Spartan Race

How non-athletes can train for races

Nutritional recommendations before, during, and after races

Practical outdoor training techniques

Top 10 tips to Race a Spartan Beast, courtesy of Ben Greenfield

Tips on what to wear

Why working with Zack is like a Spartan Race

Useful Links: 

Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena (founder of the Spartan Race)

Obstacle Dominator

Ben Greenfield Fitness

P90X3

T25

Weighted Gloves

Grip Strengtheners

What is a burpee?

Shakeology

Bulletproof Coffee

Vital Fuel

Why Gatorade is bad for you

Tough Mudder Facebook Album

Spartan Race Facebook Album

Hurricane Heat video

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was 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.

Share Your Thoughts:

If you enjoyed this show, please leave us a review in iTunes! It helps us build an audience and increases our visibility in searches. Thank you!

Direct download: FiP_ep19_WeekendWarriors.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

In this episode I sit down face-to-face with Tony Horton, the mastermind behind the most successful exercise program in America, P90X, as well as the creator of P90X2, P90X3, 10-Minute Trainer, and Power 90, to name a few. We discuss his new book "The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life," finding "purpose," the upcoming Beachbody program P90, as well as many other topics below.

Visit Fitness In Post to learn more about our program.


Our Sponsors:

GeekDesk

Indie Essentials

Boris FX 

Topics of Conversation:

Tony talking about his “formula” being a combination of formulas from others

Your “Whys” vs. your “Why Nots”

“Law 2: Find Your Purpose"

Tony discussing GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

Tony telling the story of Jeremy Yost who lost over 180 pounds using P90X

The idea behind “Beachbody” having nothing to do with having a “Beach body”

Breaking down Tony’s various home exercise programs (see links below)

Getting outside of your comfort zone to introduce dramatic change

Improving your level of fitness by introducing variety and “muscle confusion”

Using P90X2 to get ready for a Spartan Race and train like an athlete

Why P90X sold half a billion dollars worth of programs (variety, modifications, fun)

Why this is the perfect time for the release of the upcoming P90

Breaking down the structure of P90

Why yoga & meditation are a big component of Tony’s programs

 “Law 11: The Three R’s: Recharge, Recover, Relax”

Tony on Shakeology: “You can pay now, or you can pay later…it’s an investment in the quality of your life”

The amazing story of how Shakeology changed “Judd’s Mom’s” life

From being bed-ridden to doing multiple rounds of P90X

“You either see the problem or you see the solution”

Tony on Beachbody’s energy bars

Tony on his food service “Tony Horton Kitchen"

A super-quick lightning round

Useful Links:

Tony’s Book, The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life

Shakeology

10-Minute Trainer

P90XP90X2P90X3

The upcoming P90

Piyo

Body Beast

Les Mills Combat

T25

Tony Horton Kitchen

AbWorks (Tony’s 1st infomercial!!!)

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martin, show notes were prepped by Maciek Kaliski, and the show was 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.

A very special thanks to team members Adam Bedford and Monica Daniel for helping me get this together. Couldn't have done it without you!

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