November 24, 2014, 02:52 PM
From humble beginnings as a small social meet-up group, the Blue Collar Post Alliance has grown exponentially in 2014, and aims to expand in 2015 to become a group that provides unique opportunities for its members to develop professionally.
Co-Âfounders James Reyes and Katie Hinsen began the group as a way of breaking down barriers between competing post houses in New York, by inviting their peers from around the city to get together and meet each other outside of the work environment.
â€œI always noticed that at official industry events, there were so few young, non-Âexecutives, present,â€ says Hinsen. â€œThose of us who did have the opportunity to attend these things didnâ€™t know each other like our bosses and mentors do. I wanted to change that.â€
In addition to regular meet-up events, BCPA also includes a Facebook group where people interact, post job listings and general items of interest.
There are approximately 150 members: over 130 on Facebook and more who regularly participate by attending meet-ups. The majority are assistant editors and offline editors; but the group also includes producers, finishing artists, technicians, VFX artists, online editors, colorists and audio engineers. Members work at companies and post houses throughout the city, including Post Works/Deluxe, Post Factory, Technicolor, Company 3, Light Iron, Goldcrest, MTV, Travanna, and A&E Networks. There are also a significant number of freelancers in the group.
BCPA is an accessible and focused grassroots association, supporting and catering specifically to the younger generation of nonÂ-executive post production professionals in New York.
â€œWhen we meet at a bar, there are often members who canâ€™t afford to buy themselves a beer. These same people excluded from professional development opportunities such as conferences and seminars, because it can cost hundreds of dollars to attend,â€ says BCPA co-Âfounder Katie Hinsen. â€œwe aim to find creative solutions to this, providing inclusive and accessible alternatives for all our members.â€
In the year ahead, the Blue Collar Post Alliance aims to focus on offering opportunities that empower and enable young professionals to participate equally in networking and career development.
Some of the most wellÂ-known, seasoned professionals in New York have offered to participate in educational sessions, and other industry groups are voicing their support for the BCPAâ€™s initiatives in 2015.
The Blue Collar Post Alliance brings together the younger generation of Post Production
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