5 reasons why senior artists don’t work on arthouse films, directed by newbies
Well, we all know this emails:
Hi, I really love your work…. (artists thoughts: ok, slimy what do you want?)
We are working on a documentary, featurefilm, whatever….. (artists thoughts: really? Never heard that before)
Our DOP is xxxxxxx, who recently shot xxxxx and won an award….. ( (artists thoughts: I never heard of this guy and defenitely never heard of this award?)
We really would like to grade with you. Actually we had a little budget so we can’t pay you, but maybe you want to support us.
(artists thoughts: Ah, yes. So you spent all your budget on catering, transport, the Hotel for your famous student DOP and I have to work for free for you?)
So here are the reasons:
1. Is it worth?
Ask yourself if anyone will watch this film in the cinema or on tv. It doesn’t have to be your own taste, but at least someones taste.
If no one will ever see this film, there is no reason or any benefit for a senior to work on this project.
2. Psycho games
Some so called directors use their film (if you can call it that) as a psychological journey. Or in other words as a therapy.
You shouldn’t be part of that psycho thing.
3. No money.
Really? No money at all? Did the director sell his bike, car, macbook for this film? Did he cancel his last holiday to have money for the post?
If not, why should you help him out? If someone really loves his project he will bleed for it. If not, forget about it.
4. To much ego.
Believing in the own project is a good thing. Thinking that your low-budget film is BEN HUR vol2 is freaky.
As senior artists you have years of experience and newbies should be glad to listen to you.
If a newbie doesn’t listen at all and knows really everything better, run as fast as you can. Winter is coming…
5. Wrong expectations
They shot with no money, without any thoughts about their setdesign and costumes and available light was enough for them.
In the grading room they want a blockbuster look which is not possible, of course.
Then they get unhappy and talk about „more layers and depth“. Especially when one scene by chance has depth and a look, because their set was naturally
built like that. Then it will be pain in the ass.
They see this look, are stuck to it and want it in every scene. When you explain them that this look is based on their set colors, they don’t believe you.
So far so god. If you really like the pictures or the story and love the filmmakers: DO IT!
If any! of the above circumstances appears better keep your hands away and your midn clean.