BCPC Member Highlight: Quincy Ledbetter ( New York City)

BCPC Member Highlight: Quincy Ledbetter ( New York City)

Meet filmmaker Quincy Ledbetter of #NYC. Quincy has made documentaries about ageism and climate change, Islamaphobia, suicide amongs LGBTQ youth and tiny homes - the list goes on and so does the list of his roles. Check out his journey from artist on-the-side, to being the current Video Director & Senior Video Editor at HuffPost.

Give a brief summary of your trajectory into film in New York City.

This is a very long story, but I'll try to keep it as concise as possible.

I was living in Northern Virginia working normal 9-to-5 jobs and doing photography and music on the side trying to pursue my dreams full time.  I started to feel like I had peaked in the DC Metro area as a musician and I realized that I couldn't go much further if I stayed in my hometown.  The problem was I was too afraid to leave.

One day I was at work and thought about the place where I was the most afraid to live and that was New York City, so I decided that I would move there at the top of the next year.  6 months later I was gone.

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BCPC Member Highlight: Rachael Knudsen (New York)

BCPC Member Highlight: Rachael Knudsen (New York)

10 years ago I was a producer on the show 16 & Pregnant and so was Rachael Knudsen. We had desks facing each other and became fast friends. As we both grew professionally, I really wanted to continue working with her, but if we were both producers that wouldn't happen. I was drawn to editing and the bonus of my career switch was that I could be a team with my best friend crafting stories together. And that's exactly what happened. So, now I have the pleasure of sharing her experience as a producer over the past decade with all of you!

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Give a brief summary of your trajectory into post in New York City...

I've worked as a producer in television for over a decade in NYC, both producing and directing in field and in post. But one of the first jobs I got after college was an associate producer gig on a weekly Food Network web series, where I was on a two-person team developing, producing, shooting, and editing short behind-the-scenes spots for the network every week. I'm still not sure how or why I got this job, but it truly was a great bootcamp. I had taken some Final Cut editing classes in college, however Food Network was Avid based. And I remember thinking, "Avid can't be that different from Final Cut, right? I'll just say I have 'some' experience with Avid and figure it out." I basically spent the next year, pulling all-nighters learning how to stumble my way through the software. I don't know how much I'd promote fibbing on your resume to get ahead, but I was willing to put in the extra hours and never delivered anything short of what I promised, so in this case, my "fake it until you make it" worked out. Over the next ten years, I produced shows for MTV, Lifetime, LMN, Animal Planet, (mostly docu-series) and now, I'm currently producing at Viceland.

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BCPC Member Highlight: Ann Collins (New York)

BCPC Member Highlight: Ann Collins (New York)

I met Ann Collins at Sight, Sound & Story this year. She discussed the art of documentary storytelling on a panel and I was very inspired by her description of the patience she exercises in allowing a story to unfold. A great way to approach many hours of footage. I will never forget that advice and wanted to share her wisdom with all of you. Of course it helps that she is incredibly talented in winding a tale - her latest film is Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. She has recently joined the BCPC - let's give her a big welcome!

- Give a brief summary of your trajectory into post in New York City...

I went to film school at NYU as an undergraduate. I kind of stumbled into the program; I wasn’t a student who passionately went in wanting to direct feature films, I was just curious about what they were doing in film school, and I must admit, I was a bit lost. Everyone wanted to be directors or cinematographers. I really enjoyed screenwriting classes and cinema studies classes, but I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to me once I graduated, how I was going to find a foothold in the film industry based on the fact that I liked writing dialogue and watching movies. In my senior year, Ian Maitland, a professor who taught a senior level production class, came up the aisle to where I was sitting in a very large theater-style classroom to hand me back a paper I had written for him. “You know, Ann,” he said, “I think you are an editor. You’re such a nice person, and you have all these ideas about story, and that’s what an editor is. I know – because I’m an editor, and editors are always the nicest people.”

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Luck: A True Hollywood Story | BCPC Member Story

Luck: A True Hollywood Story | BCPC Member Story

“It’s all about who you know.” It’s the phrase anyone who’s ever expressed interest in working in show biz has heard. But what if you don't know anyone? What if you dream of making it in Hollywood and don’t have anyone in your extended network who can help you meet the right people to make that dream come true? Sounds like a situation that is totally out of your control, right? Not exactly. There’s a formula for breaking into the business that everyone can use. I used it to secure a job in one of the most competitive industries on the planet.

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BCPC Member Highlight: Milli Lo (London)

BCPC Member Highlight: Milli Lo (London)

BCPC is a community that encompasses all of post production, all over the world. Some of our members are lively on Facebook, some are lurkers, and many are dedicated volunteers within one of our many programs. Every two weeks we introduce a member from somewhere in the world, to highlight and celebrate members of this amazing community.

Today, we're meeting the wonderful Milli Lo, who has recently joined the BCPC London committee.

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