Two years ago, the Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) formed in New York City. It was created by young post professionals who wanted to promote a feeling of community and camaraderie. They started small with meet-ups in local pubs, and then they grew by inviting manufactures to take part and share info about their tools. Then came tech panels. Now they are expanding further with the appointment of an executive committee, various sub-committees and a board.
In addition, the group has also been awarded not-for-profit status as an organization, which allows the BCPC to accept funding and donations to develop additional programs that will assist low-income post pros in accessing resources.
“It is part of our mission to make sure we never charge for membership or entry to our events,” explains BCPC co-president Janis Vogel. “Although there is increasing support for freelancers and inclusivity in the film and television industry, there are still significant challenges to finding a financially sustainable career path in post production. By achieving not-for-profit status for BCPC, we are able to receive grants and funding to launch programs that directly benefit those in the post industry who need it most.”
The BCPC board members for the coming year are: freelance producer at Radical Media, New York, Grace McNally; DI assistant at Light Iron New York James Reyes; workflow supervisor at Bling Digital, Los Angeles Kylee Peña; producer and editor Julie “Bob” Lombardi; workflow producer at Bling Digital, New York Leo De Wolff; VFX/motion graphics and senior producer at Black Hole/Lost Planet Felix Cabrera; editor Zac Stuart-Pontier; film writer and historian Bobbie O’Steen; managing director at Deluxe/Company 3 New York Domnic Rom; director of production R&D at HBO Rod Bogart.
“We aim to have a board that represents the post community at all levels, to oversee and advise us in our work to bring the community together. We are truly honored to have such an incredible team,” reports co-president Katie Hinsen (who is pictured with Vogel in our main image).