That is no news for film people. Especially for DPs like myself. Even when you do some good work. Or especially when you do some good work.
A while back I collected all those little ads looking for cinematographers, having no pay for us and asking kindly to bring our gear along as well. I found eight in one week. – “Oh and we have great food!”
Maybe I got to add here that I am living of very very very small budget productions. So low and no budget, you ought to invent a new word for it! How do you like Micro-Budget?!
A little later, after I passed the pitch of disliking being exploited for nothing and asking others to join me on the ride, I met Elizabeth from Will Work for Free. Just before I went off with a good friend of mine to the Burning Ice festival, announcing in 2011 “rehearsals for a changing world” (images here). Being all for social change, including questioning of values, economy, paid and unpaid work, this festival shook my mind.
I think I would consider working for free now more often, despite the fact I am neither rich nor making millions.
Elizabeth from Will Work for Free invited me kindly to do a guest post for her. So if you wanna read all about what twisted my mind, head over at Will Work for Free and have a read about my experiences @Burning Ice #4.