Fitness In Post

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

"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 PST

The following is a reading of my blog post Saving Your Sanity In the Edit Bay (pt 1): Editing in Time Blocks

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

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Useful Links: 

Burnout Sleep Blog

Optimize Yourself

The Science of Multitasking

The Information Age

How Often Do You Look At Your Phone?

Are We All Becoming Pavlov’s Dogs?

You Can't Multitask As Well As You Think You Can

The Cost of Multitasking

The Pomodoro Technique

RescueTime

Freedom

BreakTime App

Focus Time App

Toggl

 

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_EditingInTimeBlocks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

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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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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

This mini-episode is a reading of the blog post How Total Burnout Led to the Most Productive Year of My Life.

If you're not already, we highly suggest taking a quick 15 minute walking break while listening to this episode because movement is the key to lasting creativity.

Useful Links:

Burnout Archives

GO FAR Movie

Optimize Yourself Program

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App

Post-Production Burnout

Ep83: How Being Sedentary Is Killing You (According to NASA) with Joan Vernikos

Ep71: Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and The Brain

Omnifocus App

You Can Book Me Utility

Q&A Question Submission

 

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.

Direct download: FiP_blog_OneYearAfterBurnout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm PST