an artist and filmmaker currently in school, and I do freelance work when I can
to help pay the bills. I met an actress at a film festival last year who
expressed interest in using my artwork in her film. She sends me the 100-page
script, which I read, and realized she didn’t want to use previous work but
have me create the paintings from the script. Problem was it required at least
a dozen 4- to 6-foot paintings, rendered in realistic detail, to be shipped
across the country. I asked about her budget, and this was her response:
Client: The truth is most people are working on this film because they
believe in the message. You’d be more of a teammate than anything. It’s a huge
collaboration and the artist that creates the work is such a HUGE part of the
Me: I appreciate that you like my work, but this is a huge body of
work that needs to be done in little time. I would needs months to do this, and
it would leave no time for anything else. I would have to take next semester
off and devote myself entirely to this film. Doing that for no pay isn’t
possible. And given the shipping required, I think it would make more sense to
hire a local artist, honestly.
Client: Let me talk to my production designer and see if there’s some
viable way to have you involved. I’ll keep you posted!
heard back from her.
kicker? I checked the film’s website today and saw that the paintings displayed
on the website were ripped off from an uncredited artist. So much for being a “huge
part of the film.”