NEW YORK — Two years after it began as a casual meetup for the operations staff of New York City’s post houses, the Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) has grown to over 2,000 members. This year, the BCPC is expanding further by introducing new programs and events to better support emerging talent in the film industry. This growth is enabled by the appointment of an executive committee, various subcommittees and a board.
Being awarded Not For Profit status as an organization enables the BCPC to accept funding and donations to develop additional programs that will assist low income post professionals in accessing resources that are otherwise inaccessible due to cost.
“It is part of our mission to make sure we never charge for membership or entry to our events,” says BCPC co-president Janis Vogel. “With an overwhelming number of individuals volunteering to serve with the organization, and local post facilities hosting our events, we are excited to see the wider industry embrace this spirit of generosity and accessibility.”
The BCPC is an all volunteer run organization, with minimal overhead and significant levels of support from the wider industry. The organization’s board members for the coming year are:
- Grace McNally, freelance producer, currently at Radical Media, New York
- James Reyes, DI assistant, Light Iron New York
- Kylee Peña, workflow supervisor, Bling Digital, Los Angeles
- Julie “Bob” Lombardi, producer, editor
- Leo De Wolff, workflow producer, Bling Digital, New York
- Felix Cabrera, VFX/motion graphics/senior producer, Black Hole/Lost Planet
- Zac Stuart Pontier, editor
- Bobbie O’Steen, film writer/historian
- Domenic Rom, managing director, Deluxe/Company 3 New York
- Rod Bogart, director of production R+D at HBO
“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, and can’t wait to share the awesome stuff we’re working on this year,” says co-president Katie Hinsen.
In addition to popular community events, free educational sessions and unique professional development series that the Blue Collar Post Collective hosts throughout the year, the BCPC Professional Development Accessibility Program will allow for a more inclusive representation of post production talent at major industry conferences, trade shows and significant events.
To find out more, visit www.bluecollarpostcollective.com or check out their Facebook page.