It depends, but you can break it down pretty quickly.
You need a living, you need to raise money for it, and the cost per hour is going to depend on a lot of things:
Who you are: A filmmaker is somebody who wants to spend time on something really hard (like making a film) and wants to put together their own crew and find money for it. When I make a film, I don’t just want to make a film. I want to make an interesting, beautiful work that will inspire and entertain other people who will watch the movie. If I don’t get money to make the film, that’s a problem. At the end of the day, they just want to see something good. I could have $20,000 sitting in an account, but if I put a video game in there, that’ll add up to $40,000, so I really want to find a way to find more money. When I watch movies, I want to look past the budget. I want to know the story. If there are $100,000 dollars in the film budget, then I know the story is good. I may watch that movie three times and I may say, oh my gosh, the story is really good. And one time I’ll be like, I didn’t know that. That’s when I know there’s gonna be a problem with that.
As long as I’m making good money, then I’m happy. I’m gonna put my heart, soul, and energy into the film. I want to be an actor or a filmmaker because I want to create art. I want to go out and make art with my friends. That’s what I want to do. But it takes time just to become a great, great filmmaker. It takes a lot of dedication, and that’s why I don’t want to do it for money. When I get that feeling, I stop and think a while to figure out what I need to do to really increase my production value or to make it sustainable. I would never think I can make my money back by putting out a mediocre film with low-quality actors and poor acting and poor acting and poor acting.
Is working as a freelance filmmaker illegal?
Absolutely. That’s totally illegal. There is no doubt about that. I didn’t start this whole thing because I think I’m smart, but I’m not a genius or anything. I’m just a dude making shit that nobody wants
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