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"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:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Reflecting back on 100 episodes of Fitness in Post
  • How to manage your mental health at a sedentary job
  • Learning to be open to mental health discussions
  • Surrounding yourself with a supportive community
  • Learning that therapy is not just for crazy people
  • Offering a safe space for mental health conversations with the people around you
  • Becoming aware of when you're exhausted and taking the breaks you need
  • Learning that mental exhaustion is a product of your environment and not a personal failure
  • Monitoring your sleep, general activity, and how your work conditions are affecting you physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • Valuing yourself in a work culture that says you're dispensable
  • Viewing mental health issues the same way we view physical illnesses
  • Mental illness is not something you have to deal with alone

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Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel has edited various genres of television that have been broadcast worldwide over the last decade. She is known for her “sh*tting sparkles” slogan from her award show red carpet work. She recently transitioned from editing reality television into a high level scripted network show, and our conversation today breaks down her journey and how you can walk away with actionable steps to make the same transition, regardless of your situation.

Originally from the Midwest, Kylee Peña spent six years as an editor in Indianapolis and Atlanta, working on projects ranging from PBS shows to independent films. She then branched out into post production technology in Los Angeles, applying her knowledge of a working editorial department to the technical and creative aspects of workflow design on shows like CBS's Scorpion and Jane the Virgin on The CW. A Women in Film member, she's also an advocate for gender equality in post, having spoken on the topic on numerous podcasts, in classrooms, and at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in 2015.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT STUDIO podcast network.

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

Direct download: FiP_ep100_MonicaAndKylie.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:07am 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

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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:

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 PDT

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 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:

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

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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

It's no secret: Sitting all day just plain sucks, but when working an intensely creative job for long hours, what other options do you have? The good news is there are now TONS of options, and if you're not sure where to start, this episode is your first step.

If you have any interest in leveling up your energy, your focus, your mental stamina (and possibly even saving your life), you'll want to listen to this conversation with my guest Dr. Kelly Starrett, author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Becoming a Supple Leopard,' which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. He is also author of the book 'Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World,' as well as the co-founder of San Francisco Crossfit and MobilityWOD.com where he shares his innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility. He works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, as well as players from the NFL, NHL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.

To put it simply, Kelly is as badass as it gets, and I consider one of my greater accomplishments in life getting this guy in front of a mic to chat with me for an hour (even if his wife did choose to do the dishes in the background for a few minutes).

In this episode we talk about Kelly’s book Deskbound and really dig deep into the science behind what’s happening to our bodies when we sit for too long, but more importantly we talk about ways you can change your environment to become more active and create what he calls a ‘movement rich space.’ If you have any interest in escaping your desk chair, this episode is the place to start.

-----> Register for my FREE Live Workshop October 18th

Show Sponsor:

G-Technology

Topics of Conversation:

  • Why even professional athletes need lifestyle coaching
  • Prioritizing your health by shaping your environment
  • The adverse effects of living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Prioritizing movement above just sitting or standing
  • How sitting affects your physiology
  • Focusing on problems in function rather than responding to pain
  • Kelly's guidelines for mobility and designing your environment to facilitate your health
  • Leaning to perform basic physical maintenance on yourself
  • Avoiding pointless trips to the chiropractor
  • Contract/Relax exercise cycles
  • The importance of consistent exercise over extreme workouts
  • Enhancing your soft tissues with ten minutes of exercise a day
  • Easy ways to stay metabolically active at your desk job

Useful Links:

FiP Q&A Submission

Athletic Greens

Optimize Yourself Program

FiP Webinar

MobilityWOD.com

Download your FREE office stretch videos

Guest Bio:

Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. Dr. Starrett is a co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where he shares his innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with coaches and athletes. He travels around the world teaching his wildly popular Movement & Mobility Course and works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard forces; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and national and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning conferences worldwide. Dr. Starrett’s work is not limited to coaches and athletes; his methods apply equally well to children, desk jockeys, and anyone dealing with injury and chronic pain. He believes that every human being should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.

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_ep95_Kelly_Starrett.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT

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 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