Thu, 18 February 2016
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.
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Wed, 10 February 2016
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.
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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 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.
Sun, 7 February 2016
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.
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Wed, 27 January 2016
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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Wed, 20 January 2016
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).
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Mon, 11 January 2016
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!
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Mon, 4 January 2016
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.
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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”
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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.
Mon, 14 December 2015
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!
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.
Wed, 9 December 2015
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
- 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!
Mon, 30 November 2015
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”
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