Originally posted by Leon Willett:
I have worked on a couple of student shorts and I have seen some wierd attitudes. They will spend a grand on negatives and developing, 120 quid for a 20 frame fade out, 400 quid renting a crane for a day and a half, 200 quid on insurance for the crew...
They then say there is no budget for the music (which is, in certain kinds of films, 50% of the end product). Money is always somehow found to pay for visually-related things.
Of course, this is all hard-earned money they are blowing on their brainchild, and it\'s tough. But there is a widespread perception that music comes for free, and I find it disturbing.
Still, there is little else you can do as a budding composer. You have to climb the ladder. I suppose my only issue is not with the lack of economic reward, it\'s the attitude behind it, the percieved value of 0 for your work.