Mike has launched his new blog with an excellent post on what to say to people who ask you to work for nothing. Although Mike has written it from a post perspective the principles he outlines in his opening post apply to all disciplines.
Today’s rantlet is aimed at independant and short film makers.
I like to start a conversation with any new Director/Producer by putting a few cards down on the table and making a few things clear to manage any expectations and avoid disappointment, and I also often have to remind them of some good universal rules.
I am not a charity and do not work for free - I have been successfully earning my living this way for nearly 25 years (as I am very good at it). I have a family to feed and a mortgage to pay and I like skiing! Please don’t ask otherwise and risk offence.
I will not LOAN you my time and experience and skills while you try to earn money selling your completed film. Ask your bank for money, that is what they do.
If you want a great deal, then you have to be very patient! Good people are busy - and they are worth waiting for!
Please do not try the cliche about “when I get my first feature, it will be you, I promise”. Often production and post productions deals are out of your hands when you hit “the big time” and your hands will be tied.
To read the rest of this post go to Mike’s blog. You might want to sign up especially if you are in the post world, it will be worth reading.