Fitness In Post

If you think your deadlines are tight, think again. Imagine waking up Wednesday morning knowing you have a 2-3 minute piece airing on national television in 3 days...and it hasn't even been shot yet. This is the life of SNL editor Adam Epstein who routinely turns around amazing trailers, spoof commercials, music videos, and parodies for SNL week after week under insane deadlines.

In this episode Adam and I talk about his rise to being the senior film editor at Saturday Night Live, how he manages incredibly short turnarounds, and most importantly his ninja tricks for being as efficient as humanly possible to ensure his cuts never miss an air date (but he's definitely come close).

Adam was kind enough to even provide screenshots of his digital workspace, bins and timelines. In the bonus guide for this episode you can learn how Adam:

• Organizes his media to access it fast and efficiently
• Lays out the different windows in his digital workspace
• "Pancakes" multiple timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro to edit infinitely faster than working with a single timeline.

Click here to download the bonus guide with all the screenshots

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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 PST

A common question I get from listeners and readers is, "How can I survive the graveyard shift, and what strategies can I use to maintain my fitness and health working late at night?" We answer this question and more in the latest edition of the Q&A podcast, as well as sharing why if you are working a late night shift you should quit your job as soon as humanly possible because of how it's destroying your health and well being. And no...you can't just "sleep it off" when you're done.

We also talk about ways you can dress properly if you plan to be active at the office (no funny "toe shoes" necessary), as well as what you should really focus on to maximize recovery after doing a grueling event like a marathon or a Spartan Race.

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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:

G-Technology

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 PST

The following is a reading of my guest blog post Essential Tools For The Ultimate Post-Production Workflow written for Wipster.com.

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

Useful Links: 

Trello

Lynda Trello Tutorial

Post-Production with Trello

The Checklist Manifesto

Google Drive

Slack

Optimize Yourself

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

 

Direct download: FiP_WipsterBlog.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Academy Award nominated film editor Carol Littleton has edited such legendary films as E.T., The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, Benny & Joon, and The Manchurian Candidate...just to name a very select few. She has watched the Hollywood post-production industry evolve from the days of film editing until today's reliance on 100% digital technology.

Not only has Carol lived through the evolution of technology, but she has also lived through over 40 years of working long hours under intense deadlines on some of the biggest films in the history of cinema, and she has not only survived but thrived. She is vibrant, positive, energetic, and still incredibly healthy at this stage in her career. And in this episode we chat extensively about the choices that Carol has made throughout her career to place her health & well-being first, and how that has translated to better performance in the edit suite.

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Carol's journey into the film industry
  • Working with Steven Spielberg and editing E.T.
  • The evolution of the editing process from film to digital
  • How being thorough with dailies can save you time in the long run
  • Adapting the physicality of film editing to the digital work space in order to enhance cognitive functions
  • How to combat the artificial "busy-ness" of the film industry
  • Learning to avoid being sedentary and use your energy efficiently
  • Mentally tying your diet to you productive output
  • Finding small ways to physically tax your body and refresh your mind
  • Turning your work into exercise
  • Making healthier choices with the 80/20 rule
  • Why leaving your computer for meals can greatly improve creative output

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 PST

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 PST

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:

G-Technology

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

Enjoying The Show? Leave A Rating And Review HERE

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 PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Your Creativity Is Your Number One Asset. Here’s How to Protect It.

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

-----> Click here to attend my upcoming FREE Live Workshop

 

Useful Links:

Sitting is Killing You

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

FiP Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

Ready To Blow Your Paycheck On the Perfect Office Chair? Read This First

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

My Experience with Post Production Burnout

 

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_Creativity_306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST