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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).

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