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Jul 26 2017

The Only Reasons You Should Ever Work For Free

Being a creative professional pretty much guarantees that at some point you'll be asked to work for free. You'll likely also get the 'do it for the expooooosuuuuureee' manipulative spiel (side note: I've been a creative professional for over a decade and have never gotten a job from exposure of another project, despite some of those projects being seen by millions of people) or some vague promise of back end compensation from a total hack who has never actually been able to turn a profit from a creative project. But on...

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Jul 19 2017

Black Chip Collective Expands Nationally

Three announcements in a row? We must really have nothing to write about. After months of building or national infrastructure, Black Chip Collective is announcing our national expansion. Our focus will remain in popular production cities, but we will now service the entire US. This gives us the ability to not only serve new clients and freelancers, but to serve existing clients more completely. This national expansion is a major step in Black Chip providing continually higher standards of service....

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Jul 12 2017

Studios is Being Dissolved

Two announcements in a row? These are crazy times. The production arm of Black Chip Collective, Black Chip Studios, is being dissolved. The process started the beginning of this week, July 10th and will conclude at the end of the week, July 14th. This isn't sad news, we're simply choosing to focus on staffing rather than fully managed projects. This will allow us to dedicate more time to serving our clients on the staffing side and prevent us from competing with our production company clients in SoCal. Black Chip Studios freelancers will...

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Jul 05 2017

Black Chip Collective Selected as Semi-Finalist in ‘Tap The Future’ Competition

Congratulations to the Black Chip Collective team! The business was selected as a Semi-Finalist in Miller Lite's 'Tap The Future' competition- a national entrepreneur contest. The Black Chip Team, along with 5 other small businesses, will travel to LA on August 1st to pitch to a panel of judges, including Shark Tank's Daymond John. Semi-finalists were chosen based on criteria such as vision, distinctive competence and management structure. Winner of the LA pitch will receive $20,000 and move on to the finals. So congratulations again and good luck Black Chip!...

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Jun 28 2017

The Danger of the Jack of All Trades Crew Member

I was once talking with an animator about the film 'The Life of Pi'. We were discussing the extraordinarily high quality of the CG."It's all specialty," he said, "Putting together a team with specialists who each know how to do one thing extremely well."I agreed, but lamented the direction the industry was going."15 years ago I would never have been asked to do sound design or motion graphics or even color," I said, "But if I tried to be strictly a picture editor today I'd never survive. Everyone wants someone...

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Jun 22 2017

Why It’s Such an Ordeal to Find Quality Video Crew and What We’re Doing About It

When you find crew that you like, you tend to try to work with them as much as possible. Partly because you learn to trust your crew to operate autonomously, partly because it is useful to have people that understand your creative intentions, and partly because it can be an absolute nightmare to find someone else you want to work with. The difficulty of finding new crew that fits well into the ensemble isn't something we have to live with, though. We dissect the problems with creative recruitment and how...

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