Apparently not everybody likes THP
The world of low/no budget production is very different than what you’ll see in the real world. Many times, people will work for free in exchange for experience, credit, and the opportunity to build their reel/portfolio. Most of my friends are shocked when they hear this, but it’s not an uncommon practice at all. For our project, we had to rely on people’s willingness to work for no upfront pay, otherwise we would never have been able to make the Hayley Project on our shoestring budget (i.e., The Hayley Project would not exist).
On the flip side, there is another camp who frown on the no upfront pay tactics that low budget productions frequently use. I understand why these people don’t like to see young eager artists and crew work for free, as it takes away their jobs (kind of like how unions feel about scabs) and perpetuates the idea that it’s OK to not pay. What these people don’t understand is that if every production had to pay every member of their cast and crew, there would be much less productions going on in the first place. Many low budget films simply can’t afford it at the beginning of a production. That’s why many productions utilize deferred payments in the event that a project does become profitable in the future. So rather than complain about these tactics, the best thing for these angry types to do is to simply ignore looking for jobs with low budget productions that don’t pay, and instead, go work for a bigger budget production that have the funds to pay upfront. There’s no need to bash on the little guy who’s trying to survive on a shoestring budget.
Anyway, all the rambling above was meant to setup the reaction below. We put out an ad on Craig’s List looking for people who were interested in helping build MySpace and Facebook pages for our characters (not build our main website). For… wait for it, wait for it….. NO pay. And below is a pleasant response from an anonymous Douche Bag.
Douche Bag wrote:
Your offer is offensive to all web developers.
Your compensation is credit and exposure?
Who do you think you are? You are not famous as
I have researched your project. Therefore, “exposure”
will not amount to anything. Good luck finding a slave to
do your work for free. I hope your project fails miserably, and
it seems that it is already heading in that direction. Fuck off.