[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 (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”