Collective-47 was founded by Michael McInerney and Darren Hartman while both were attending Five Towns College, in the spring of 2006. The name Collective-47 is derived from the technical name for a clothespin on a film set (C-47) and the idea of a group of unified artist working together for a common purpose and goal (collective). To fulfill the ideals of Collective-47, McInerney and Hartman began to bring new talent into the company, which included fellow students Chris Barrio, James Kellogg, and Matthew Bauer. By working together, they produced content that stood out from their classmates; not only for their quality of work, but their unyielding desire to perfect their craft and skills. During these formative years, Collective-47 produced several short films, commercials, and music videos; some of which include: Scum | Tomorrow Will Never Come | Rhythm=Life | Anti-Smoking PSA
Following the success of their work, the company began looking to the horizon for new talent. Collective-47 recruited Bryan Rubin as a producer after his work on Matthew Bauer’s film ‘Pink.’ While during production of ‘Pink’, Bauer and Rubin called on the support of their former classmate and mentor Brian Baker. It wasn’t long before Brian Baker began to notice the great potential that existed within Collective-47 and soon began to formulate a strategy for taking the company to the next level. Grabbing opportunity by the reigns, as is his nature, Brian Baker became the strategist and leader for the collective. Following ‘Pink’, the new Collective-47 produced several more short films and commercials, including: Colours | An Earnest Living | Freshocity | Black Wave | Burp
To help push the collective further, Brian began seeking new talent for the company. Following his involvement with “Burp”, “An Earnest Living”, and “Black Wave”, the collective thought that Andrew Navratil would make a strong addition. Soon Brian realized that Andrew’s talents complimented his own well enough that they should become partners in business, to jointly lead Collective-47 to success. Within days, the two realized that to truly maximize the potential of the collective, Matthew Bauer would need to be brought on formally as a partner in the management of Collective-47. Within six months, a business plan was finalized and investors sought.
Now moving into the future, Collective-47 finds itself both adding new talent, with the addition of Chris Charmel and Zach Jumper, as well as widening its area of influence to now include Oregon, California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.