BCPC's new program offers financial assistance to members
Marc Loftus
April 27, 2016

BCPC's new program offers financial assistance to members

NEW YORK — The Blue Collar Post Collective, which was recently awarded nonprofit status, has launched a new program aimed at helping emerging talent in the film and television post production industry further develop their skills by providing financial assistance to attend valuable industry conferences, trade shows and development opportunities. The Professional Development Accessibility Program will help create a bridge between the industry and the diverse membership of the Blue Collar Post Collective. Bringing new faces to major events will help remind the wider industry that all professionals, including low income earners, have voices that are of equal value and importance to the post community.

Katie Hinsen, a co-president of the BCPC, says the idea for the program came to her after a member, who was an intern at a major New York post house, had a technical paper accepted to a major conference, but was unable to attend because of its inherent costs. The PDAP program is designed to award financial assistance to low income pros, enabling access to important industry events.

BCPC co-presidents Janis Vogel & Katie Hinsen.

“The opportunity to attend one of these events can make a huge difference to someone’s
career, in terms of education and networking opportunities,” adds BCPC co-president Janis Vogel. “Unfortunately, most are inaccessible to those on a lower income, due to the high cost of attending.”

The upcoming “Sight, Sound & Story,” presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop, is one such event that can provide learning opportunities for pros in the post production industry. Set to take place on Saturday, June 11th, in New York City, the one-day summit will offer panels on documentary film and episodic television editing, as well as greenscreen VFX. Feature film editor Anne Coates, ACE, will also speak.

The BCPC is now accepting PDAP applications for members who would like to attend the New York event, but may need financial assistance. Visit their Website to learn more about qualifications and to fill out an application (http://www.bluecollarpostcollective.com).

In related news, Vogel and Hinsen recently revealed to Post that the BCPC will be extending its reach to the West Coast with an LA chapter this summer. BCPC board member Kylee Peña will head up BCPC West. The chapter and its members will still be able to visit the existing Blue Collar Post Collective Website and Facebook page, but will now have a physical presence in LA.