[Podcast] Ep40: Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, ACE

“The business doesn’t need changing, we just need to decide to change ourselves.” – Alan Bell

In this episode I speak with Hollywood tentpole editor Alan Bell (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). We discuss the current state of the post-production industry from a health & wellness perspective.

Topics of Conversation Include:

– Alan’s background as an athlete when he began his career

– Alan integrating Fitness In Post into his schedule and using MyFitnessPal to lose upwards of 2 pounds per week

– Why Alan counts calories, as well as his daily fitness regimen while working on big films

– How being more diligent about his health has made Alan a more effective editor, husband, and father

– Changing his mindset to food becoming fuel

– Eating “crunchy snacks” versus eating real food

– A snapshot in a “day-in-the-life” of editing a giant tentpole feature film

– Life on location and dealing with the grind

– Are the hours worth it? If not, what do we do about it?

– Finding your “why”

– Why making the right or wrong financial choices can have an impact on your health

– How to make sure there are healthy food options provided by catering, or how to adapt

– How to replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones

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Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.

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Zack Arnold is an award-winning film & television editor (Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, Glee), member of the American Cinema Editors, a documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story), and creator of the Optimize Yourself program (formerly ‘Fitness In Post’). He helps ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your creative focus and minimize procrastination, depression, and burnout. After all, what’s the point of killing yourself for the sake of your career if you don’t have energy to spare for the most important people in your life?