Fitness In Post








September 2017
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In creative industries like film & television post-production, it's extremely common to see job listings for free or low paid work, but how do you know if it's worth it or if you should run for the hills? After all, would you ask for services for free in other industries?

In this episode I have a candid conversation with feature film editor Alan Bell (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) about how to distinguish between whether or not a low or no paying job is worth the gamble. We evaluate the many reasons that a specific job opportunity may be worth it based on the potential long-term payoffs, and we also talk about when it is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances to take on a job that is clearly looking to exploit your talents and experience.

I have also created a helpful bonus document for this episode with a series of questions that can help you evaluate your next low or no-paying job opportunity, and it also includes a list of helpful questions that you can ask your potential employer as well.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Why I decided to leave a high paying job to go cut a low paying indie film
  • Never take a free job if you’re not going to get something out of it: participation points, producing, new experience etc
  • How Alan got his start in the film industry with free work
  • Alan’s work experience with Norman Hollyn
  • How I learned After Effects by working FOR FREE
  • Free work that’s right for one person might not be right for another
  • Take stock of where you are in your career and life before deciding to work for free
  • How taking on a free web series (Bannan Way link..which site should this link to?) helped jump start my career in television
  • Building relationships is a key component to finding quality work
  • Bring your own questions to an interview! Make sure the job is a good fit for you
  • Take the work that’s good instead of taking the work that’s there
  • Questions you should ask during an interview
  • Know your own temperament
  • The best job listing in the history of job listings
  • Learn how to spot the “catch phrases” and red flags of exploitative producers
  • Be honest with yourself and surround yourself with honest people
  • Be aware of your situation and decide what’s best for you

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep40: Editing Hollywood Blockbusters

FiP Podcast Ep56: "Advancing Your Career In Post" with Norman Hollyn

FiP Podcast Ep61: Do You Really Need to Go to Film School?

'That Post Show' Podcast with Zack & Alan

Job Posting Meme

#SayNoToSpec Video

Guest Bio:

Film editor Alan Edward Bell A.C.E., is best known for his work on (500) Days of Summer, ‘Water For Elephants’, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, and the last three installments of the “Hunger Games” series. His resume spans 30 years in post-production, and includes a long list of credits in editorial as well as visual effects. Over the last 15 years he has been pushing the limits of what is possible in the cutting
room by blending visual effects and editing techniques. Alan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.

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_ep74_AlanBell.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:46pm 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.

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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:

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.

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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



Yogis Anonymous 



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

It's no secret that exercise can be good for us, and most people even know by now that regular exercise can help us feel better too. But there is a huge difference between the "Runner's high" that most people assume is the only regular benefit of exercise beyond burning calories and the full potential that exercise, and regular movement throughout the day have on improving your overall health...and brain power.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Dr. John Ratey, a clinical psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain about how regular exercise and movement can actually improve your brain power and make you smarter. We discuss the immense impact regular exercise can have on cognitive function, memory, attention issues, and stress. And on the flip side, we discuss how lack of exercise and movement are literally shrinking your brain and impairing your cognitive function.

Our show sponsors:

Direct download: FiP_ep71_JohnRatey.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:15pm 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"

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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:

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:

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 ( and promoting health in post production through Fitness in Post ( 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:

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.

Our show sponsors:

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:

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