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Zack Arnold “Burn Notice” editor – the best podcast we’ve done! MUST LISTEN

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Barry and I both agreed after the recording of the podcast that this was likely the best episode with the most meat and potatoes information we've done – Zack Arnold who has 15 years as an Editor in Hollywood working in TV and movies (and is most well known for editing seasons 4-7 of the TV show “Burn Notice”) and is now also trying to get people in post-production up out of their chairs and moving!

His passion for editing, teaching, and sharing really came thru – you MUST LISTEN (or watch) – even if you are not an editor, there's a ton of very cool stories and motivation for you in this podcast!

Show notes and links


  • FitnessinPost.com
  • Working as an Editor on Burn Notice
    • How much was ADR
    • Editing Time Schedules
    • Editing Platform and Workflow
  • Editing Technique vs Editing Software
  • The Main two things that have to be there in order for an edit to work
  • How Editors, DP’s and Directors Jobs are changing
  • Most proud Edit of his career
  • Archiving B-Roll and accessing
  • Using Social Media and how that has helped his career
  • Zach’s Start. Moving from the Midwest to Hollywood with no money and starting a career.
  • Building your reel
  • Take everything you can to learn
  • Taking higher paying work and mixing that with work you want to do
  • His experience of editing a feature film in Mandarin Chinese.
  • “Go Far” Christopher Rush story – GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story Kickstarter Campaign

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About Zack Arnold, Burn Notice, and more

(Taken from IMDB.com bio)
Zack Arnold has been a professional editor for 15 years. His background includes editing feature films, scripted dramatic television, documentaries, theatrical trailers, and DVD bonus content. He considers himself genre-agnostic. He is also just finishing his directorial debut of the documentary film GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story.

Zack originally grew up in a dairy farming community of 290 people in northern Wisconsin. It is there he learned the value of an honest day's work. He graduated valedictorian from his high school class and went to college at the University of Michigan where he studied film theory & production. He graduated with high honors. He landed his first job interview the night before his graduation ceremony. Two days later he flew to Los Angeles for the interview, got the job, and traveled across the country by car in 2 1/2 days, never looking back.

After spending a mere five months as an assistant editor for an award-winning trailer company, he was promoted to editor. The first trailer he edited (Northfork) won a Golden Trailer Award in the Golden Fleece Category – “Best Trailer for the Worst Movie.” Shortly after he worked on the theatrical marketing campaigns for such films as The Passion of the Christ, Monster, The Machinist, The Woodsman, Whale Rider, Stander, and many others.

After cutting trailers for several years, Zack realized his real passion was for scripted features, quit his (paying) job, and started cutting independent feature films (for free). His first editing credit (Phat Girlz) was acquired by Fox Searchlight for $4.75 million dollars. He then cut several other independent films while simultaneously working for several different marketing companies where he had the opportunity to work on such projects as The Departed, Live Free or Die Hard, Dreamgirls, Entourage, Run Lola Run, Flyboys, and many others.

Zack's big break came shortly after winning several awards for editing the high-octane action web series “The Bannen Way” for Sony Pictures. He was hired onto the hit USA Network series “Burn Notice” where he has been a staff editor for the last four seasons. During his hiatus he edited an episode of “Glee,” and his most recent job was editing a Chinese feature film, “My Lucky Star,” spoken in Mandarin. And no, he didn't have subtitles to work with.

Check out his websites:

Zack Arnold burn notice

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Barry Andersson (find his book at that link)
(website) is an award-winning independent filmmaker. His career started with live television video production and now includes several acclaimed short films, a television pilot, commercials, and a feature film.

planetMitch well, I hope by now you know who I am

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