Command+Edit Podcast

The post-production podcast that goes beyond the desk


Why are editors out of shape? Health Episode Part 1 : Cmd+Edit 048

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Command Edit Podcast health episode why are editors out of shape

This week we are talking taking care of our bodies and minds so that we can edit until we're the ripe old age of 95!

You have career goals but do you have health goals? You'll need to take care of your body because it's the vehicle you'll use to get you to the finish line.

We editors have a reputation for neglecting our health whether it be not exercising, sitting with incorrect posture, going without sleep or some other way that will kill you slowly.

This episode addresses that reputation: Why are editors out of shape? (not all of us, but let's face it, the majority seem to be).

This is also Part 1 of a 2-parter that will address overall health awareness. The next episode will deal with mental health, how to keep your brain stimulated, healthy and creative. So stay tuned for Part 2!

Like to run? Or have you been telling yourself you need to get back into it?

Josh and Nick are issuing a running challenge to you for the month of June. We both use the Nike Running+ app (download it for free here) to track our running stats. So we invite our listeners who are looking for a group to run with to join us. Get the app, add us (still trying to find out our usernames, but you can add is if you have us on Facebook) and set your running goal. Then try and keep up!

Join the Command+Edit Facebook Group and post your running progress there while cheering others on. Grab those sneakers and hit the pavement with us for June! You deserve it.


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Have you tried turning it off and on? : Cmd+Edit 029

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In this episode we follow up our previous topic from Episode 28 about goal setting for success.

As Homer Simpson once said...


The wise sage Homer Simpson

And in a way...he's absolutely right!

You are bound to fail. Everybody does! Nobody succeeds on the first try. And if you do, you are a superhuman and we should be worshipping you accordingly. But it's more likely that you are only human like the rest of us.

When we fail, we tend to let it affect our motivation and sometimes throw in the towel right then and there. But you've set your goals for a reason: they are things you truly WANT to achieve. So don't let a little thing like FAILURE stand in your way.

We discuss 4 steps (or 5, depending on whether you listen to Josh or Nick the most) you can immediately take upon failure that will get you back on the proverbial horse. A sort of...resetting if you will. Pressing "continue" on that Game Over screen.

Video game continue screen

The steps are summed up as:

  1. Determine what led to your "Game Over"

  2. Come up with a strategy and hit "Continue"

  3. Track your progress often to recognize when you go off course

  4. forgive yourself: Remember that failures Are an essential part of reaching your goal. learn from them!


How to Set Up Your 2016 Goals : Cmd+Edit 028

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Episode 28 of Command Edit Podcast Goal Setting for 2016 New Year as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer
"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."

Around this time of year you start thinking of your New Year's resolutions. Actually...let's be're most likely thinking about how bogus New Year's resolutions are.


They are there for people to set, attempt for the month of January and then completely abandon without guilt. When's the last time you a heard from a friend of yours who actually saw one of their resolution through to the end of the year?

But setting goals for yourself is a very important part of learning and improvement. And there are ways you can establish your goals so that you are more likely to succeed at them.

In this episode we talk about a few ways that you can set yourself up for success with your own goals for the next year. They are simple but very essential to getting yourself to the next level.


Also as we end this year, we can't thank our listeners enough! (That would be you).

This podcast started as a shared goal between Josh and myself, as we mention in the episode, and along the way has turned its focus to the goals of the listeners.

What do you want to learn about post-production that will help you in your career?

What other ways are you looking to improve your physical and mental health?

What else would help give you that boost that you need to become more confident with yourself?

We have a lot planned for the Command+Edit Podcast for 2016. Listen to the episode to find out what our goals are and how we plan to achieve them.

Thanks to the kind folk over at Art of the Guillotine for putting our Star Wars episode front and centre on their page. Check out AotG for tons of resources on the filmmaking industry updated daily.


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Say No To Spec : Cmd+Edit 026

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Command Edit Podcast Episode Say no to spec work freelancing

In this episode we answer a few questions sent to us by our listeners and share one editor's story of his first big gig. We love hearing those kinds of stories so if you'd like to share yours, please send them in and we would love to read them.

We've all seen those horrific requests posted on forums like Craigslist or that ask for editors with ridiculous terms attached (usually incredibly low payment or nothing at all for editing long-form projects...but you get exposure!). Check out this one in particular though and see if you can spot what's wrong with it.

Craigslist ad for feature film editor underpaid

A video making the rounds with the hashtag #SayNoToSpec got us talking for this episode. The idea of spec work may have made sense in video production at some point...but it's now 2015 and it's long since lost it's flavour. We are way past sick of hearing potential clients approaching editors with the usual lines:

  • "It'll be great exposure for you!"
  • "Give us a discount on this one and we'll give you more work later!"
  • ...and yadda yadda yadda. You know the lines.

An ad agency in Toronto, Zulu Alpha Kilo, produced a video that seems to capture honest reactions of other trade professionals being asked to do spec work (spoiler alert: they laugh and say no).

Spec work became a laughable concept among video production pros a decade ago. So why are some people still saying yes?