The Professional Development Accessibility Program, or PDAP, is the central program of BCPC.
We pay for selected low-income post production professionals to attend important industry events, conferences and trade shows that would otherwise be inaccessible due to cost.
Since Fall 2016, we've sent post people from Texas, California, New York, and Indiana to events like NAB Show, EditFest LA, and SMPTE Tech Conference.
We solicit applications periodically, and always welcome applications to any event throughout the year. Apply Now via our form.
The Professional Development Accessibility Program helps to create a bridge between the industry and the diverse membership of the Blue Collar Post Collective, breaking down the financial barriers to prevent people from taking their careers to the next level. Bringing new faces to major events helps remind the wider industry that all professionals, including low income earners, have voices that are of equal value and importance to the post community.
One of the hardest parts about making the transition from early to mid-career is being in a position to say “yes” when an opportunity comes along. Sometimes the only difference between someone who succeeds and someone who doesn't is financial and geographical positioning, and these artificial barriers can keep some of the most talented people from ascending and contributing to our industry.
To remove as many of these barriers as possible and let talent thrive through from all backgrounds and all locations, Blue Collar Post Collective created the Professional Development Accessibility Program, or PDAP, which grants the opportunity to say “yes” to important and potentially life-changing educational events to full-time post production workers who make below the median income of their city of residence.
The PDAP Backstory
Katie Hinsen, co-founder and former co-president, came up with the program 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. With travel, accommodation and conference passes, many people who don't have the support of their employer, aren't seen as "decision makers" or don't have the money to spend, are excluded from opportunities that could be incredibly valuable to them.
"For the young man who wasn't able to present his paper, he might have missed out on a huge break in his career. Furthermore, the conference attendees missed out on seeing more of the true diversity that exists in our industry. I was so upset that this happened, I vowed to find a way to make sure it never happens again, so I started the PDAP program."
BCPC raises funds by "passing the hat around" the community throughout the year. We also have "friends and family" of the BCPC throughout our industry's vendors. These are companies who share our core values and want to support us with donations. Everything we do, we try to do for free or for very little so that we can commit almost every cent we get to providing as many opportunities as possible to those who need them the most.
Too often, representation of our profession at major events is limited to those who are seen as being in positions of influence, those who are considered more "valuable". That tends to tip the demographics of attendees older, and toward management and senior level. When we look across the show floor we don't feel like there's a true representation of our industry there becausewe see far too few Assistants, PAs, Machine Room, Sound Editors and VFX Artists.
"I hope that this program will grow and inspire other organizations, workplaces and even the event organizers themselves to be more inclusive and consider the value of attendance to a wider range of people. I hope that it empowers more people to even consider that they could attend a major industry event, and to submit papers or volunteer to speak on a panel. By putting it out there that the barrier of cost can be overcome by the support of the community, I hope that major industry events are perceived as something that can and should be for everyone who contributes to the work we do."
Thanks to our PDAP In-kind Contributors!
We can't make opportunities happen for the community without the support of organizations that believe providing access is the right thing to do.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
To be eligible:
Applicants must be currently residing in the United States.
Applicants must be working full-time in the field of film and/or television post production. Freelancers and interns will be accepted, but must not have another source of income, from outside of the industry. While some post production professionals are also required to work in production, the majority of the applicant’s work must be in post production.
Applicants can not be current students.
Applicants must earn an annual income of equal to or less than the median income of their city of residence.
Proof of income will be requested of shortlisted applicants, who will be asked to submit a letter from their current or most recent employer stating pay rate and hours; and a copy of their most recent tax return.
The location of the applicant (within the USA) will not be a discriminating factor in his/her eligibility for the program. However, budgetary restrictions may be a negative factor if significant travel is required. This will be determined by the committee, in consultation with the Treasurer and the Board, on a case-by-case basis.
PDAP Rules and Bylaws also available via PDF.
All eligible and complete submissions will be reviewed by the PDAP Committee. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the BCPC.
All decisions on selection of events and approval of applicants are at the sole discretion of the PDAP Committee. The 2018 PDAP committee:
- Lauren F. Ellis VFX Producer, The Molecule
- Katie Hinsen Head of Operations, Department of Post NZ
- Norman Hollyn, ACE Editor and Professor, USC
- Megan Marquis Executive Director of Business Development, Light Iron
- Randi Altman Editor in Chief, Post Perspective
- Rod Bogart Director of Production R+D, HBO