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BCPC names Kylee Peña president, expands leadership

The Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) has revised and expanded its leadership. Kylee Peña has been upped to president, having served as Los Angeles vice president. Ryan Penny will now serve as New York VP and Chris Visser will take over as LA VP.

“In the time since I’ve been directly involved with the leadership of BCPC, we’ve seen continued exponential growth, both in our membership and our scope,” says Peña (our main image). “Inclusiveness and accessibility are incredibly important to people, and they want to be involved with our mission.”

Chris Visser

The shift in leadership was prompted by the upcoming departure of co-president Janis Vogel, who will resign after nearly three years at the helm of the organization that consists entirely of full-time working professionals who volunteer their time to run its operations. Vogel will remain in the organization as an active member and sit on the Board. She will be spending the remainder of 2017 in London, where she will co-host a BCPC meet-up, marking the first extension of official on-the-ground activity for the organization outside of the US.

Co-president Felix Cabrera, who has served BCPC for the last year focusing on an “Intro to Post” training course in collaboration with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn Workforce Industries, will be stepping down from his role as well.

Peña has been at the helm of BCPC West for the last year, recruiting a committee and building the BCPC community from the ground up in Los Angeles. She is also an associate editor for Creative COW, active with SMPTE, and an outspoken advocate for gender equality and mental health in post production. By day, she is a workflow supervisor for Bling Digital, working on feature films and television.

Ryan Penny

Penny is an editor and currently serves as director for the newly launched “Made in NY Post Production Training Program,” partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment to train and provide job placement in the post production industry for low income and unemployed New Yorkers.

Visser is an assistant editor in Los Angeles, currently working on season two of Shooter for USA Network. Eager to expand his role on the original West planning committee, he took the lead on #TipJar, a weekly led discussion on BCPC’s Facebook page on important topics in the industry.

Peña says, “I’m excited about what’s on the horizon for BCPC. Funneling all this momentum into our mission to make all of post production more inclusive will have an explosive impact on the industry for years to come. People in our industry are ready to open their doors and help us change the face of what an expert looks like in post. They want to look outside their bubble, learn from people who don’t look like them, and mentor or hire emerging talent. We’re rising to meet that demand with action.”

Post vet Katie Hinsen now head of operations at NZ’s Department of Post

Katie Hinsen, who many of you may know as co-founder of the Blue Collar Post Collective, has moved back to her native New Zealand and has been named head of operations at Aukland’s Department of Post.

Most recently at New York City’s Light Iron, Hinsen comes from a technical and operations background, with credits on over 80 major productions. Over a 20-year career she has worked as an engineer, editor, VFX artist, stereoscopic 3D artist, colorist and finishing artist on commercials, documentaries, television, music videos, shorts and feature films. In addition to Light Iron, she has had stints at New Zealand’s Park Road Post Production and Goldcrest in New York.

Hinsen has throughout her career been involved in both production and R&D of new digital acquisition and distribution formats, including stereoscopic/autostereoscopic 3D, Red, HFR, HDR, 4K+ and DCP. Her expertise includes HDR, 4K and 8K workflows.

“I was looking for a company that had the forward-thinking agility to be able to grow in a rapidly changing industry. New Zealand punches well above its weight in talent and innovation, and now is the time to use this to expand our wider post production ecosystem,” says Hinsen.

“Department of Post is a company that has shown rapid growth and great success by taking risks, thinking outside the box, and collaborating across town, across the country and across the world. That’s a model I can work with, to help bring and retain more high-end work to Auckland’s post community. We’ve got an increasing number of large-scale productions choosing to shoot here. I want to give them a competitive reason to stay here through Post.“

Department of Post was started by James Brookes and James Gardner in 2008. They provide offline, online, color, audio and deliverables services to film and television productions, both local and international.

Blue Collar Post Collective gets new co-president, expands leadership

One of the founding members of the Blue Collar Post Collective, post pro Katie Hinsen, is moving back to her native New Zealand and, as a result, is stepping down from her post as co-president. She will remain active in the organization as a member of the board.

The group’s other co-president, editor/assistant editor Janis Vogel, will now be joined by Felix Cabrera, who will transition from board member to co-president. Cabrera is a senior producer at Black Hole/Lost Planet Editorial and has been an active member of the BCPC since its inception.

The BCPC is also expanding its leadership, welcoming filmmaker Grace McNally and John Gallagher, who is director of technology for BMCC’s Media Arts & Technology program. McNally is transitioning from board chairperson to the executive committee role, where she will work alongside industry veteran and educator John Gallagher to strengthen relationships, secure funding and enable the organization to expand its programs.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board of an organization that will be more effective in making positive change to our industry without me at the lead,” says Hinsen. “Sometimes it takes a catalyst for change to make you consider how you could run things more effectively, and I really believe that this new leadership, alongside our board, is going to make the BCPC the best it can possibly be.”

The Blue Collar Post Collective is grassroots organization supporting emerging talent in post production.

Main Image: L-R: John Gallagher, Janis Vogel, Grace McNally and Felix Cabrera.

BCPC gains non-profit status, names board

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).

BCPC blogging for postPerspective from NAB, sets date for post-show event

The growing grassroots group made up of New York-based young post professionals, the Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC), will be having its post-NAB meet-up on April 23 in Manhattan.

BCPC member William Rogers (pictured above) will be at NAB in Las Vegas, blogging for both the BCPC and postPerspective. In addition to reporting what he sees at the show, Rogers will be live tweeting while in Vegas and he’s encouraging you to tweet to @BCPCollective and suggest companies and product demos to visit. Rogers will then provide feedback via social media.

This is Rogers’ first NAB, and he’s pretty excited to experience the show first hand while also sharing his findings with others. For our part, postPerspective is excited as well.

“I feel privileged to be able to bring my voice to NAB on behalf of postPerspective, while also representing the young professionals of the grassroots initiative that is the Blue Collar Post Collective. I’m entrenched in the post production world, so my entire week in Vegas will be spent geeking out at all of the latest editing and finishing tech. Toys aside, I’m eager to see the keynote by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was the champion of enacting the latest national legislation for preserving an open and collaborative internet in America.”

At the event in New York on April 23, a handful of companies who were exhibiting at the NAB Show will be at BCPC’s Las Vegas-themed party showing off their products. Each participating vendor is also donating products, equipment and subscriptions to a fundraising raffle.

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Quick Chat: Blue Collar Post Collective’s Janis Vogel

By Randi Altman

Heidelberg, Germany-born and Martha’s Vineyard-raised Janis Vogel (@didyoumeanjanis) now resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, making her living editing documentaries, television documentary series, experimental films, fiction, music videos and promos.

Her academic background is interesting — she came into filmmaking with a fine arts perspective. “My favorite film teacher was experimental film and sound artist Ann Steurnagel at Wellesley College.” Vogel then went to graduate school to earn an MFA in directing Continue reading