Will Work for Free.
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.