For a while now you’d think it’s a given that Hollywood is the best place to make feature films, but there are plenty of indie filmmakers who break that mold. The film industry in New York seems particularly well-suited to working as a collaboration between an indie filmmaker and another indie filmmaker, to find new artists and make new possibilities for the arts.
While the number of independent filmmakers is small, the kind of storytelling the industry is capable of is large. A good film is a collaboration between a director and a crew, so one of the most important things a director does is manage the quality of the project and the people that make up that production. Not every filmmaker has the luxury to hire thousands of talented people to make a feature film. A good director knows how to evaluate the quality of projects on a case by case basis, and find the right team of actors or extras to be at the right place at the right time. That means knowing how to structure production and who makes the decisions that make things happen. As long as a director understands how to do it, it doesn’t matter what they do to make a film. We at Art in Motion can only help!
The industry has a long-established practice which gives directors the opportunity to determine who are people that need to be on the production or the directing team, or that a director can cut from a crew to bring back for a new set piece. The filmmakers that are good at making something work are often those who know how to hire talent to work with them, and manage a production in a way that makes a whole lot happen.
This is called “creative labor” in film production lingo, it is where the filmmakers get to choose the talent that can be brought on the new set piece or the different ways they can get to work with their actors. There’s a lot more to film than just the actors in the movie.
How much can indie filmmakers get?
There are two main ways that a person can be employed: as a camera operator and a cinematographer / set designer. And in both cases their pay is very competitive. Cameramen can get paid about $9-12 per hour, while a director can get paid about $30-$40 per hour with a crew. And if you’re one of the better cinematographers this is not much of a difference. And of course in some cases filmmakers have great talent that can get good jobs just shooting a movie.
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