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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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Jun 14 2017

4 Incentives other than Money to get High Quality Creatives on Your Project

If you've ever uttered the word 'exposure' or 'it will be good for your portfolio' to an experienced creative pro, you've probably been thoroughly choked. And with good reason. Those are the things people say when they want you to do something for free, which is pretty much never OK for experienced creatives. But, if you've got a budget and are looking for a way to boost the allure of a project and entice the best talent to take part, there are a few incentives you can offer: 1) Working with Other...

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Jun 07 2017

To Buy Gear or Not to Buy Gear?

Film students are perpetually asking what the best production gear is to get at any given price point. Yet almost none of them stop to question whether or not they should be buying gear at all. Gear isn't automatically a good investment for anyone at any stage of their career; like computers, production gear typically depreciates in value rather quickly, frequently giving you between 2-5 years to make a return. Often renting makes much more sense but is significantly underutilized. We've listed out the pros and cons of buying gear for...

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May 31 2017

Why Reality TV Stinks and How to Fix It

I usually call it documentary-style TV because 'reality tv' can leave such a bad taste in peoples mouths. And it shouldn't. There isn't anything wrong with reality as a format. Sure, there is a good deal of trashy TV in reality, but that's not the fault of the format; there is some level of trash in every format that exists.  And hell, science and nature shows fall into doc-style TV- the only difference between those and other reality programming is that they're about concepts and wildlife rather than people. But that's not to say...

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