I get a lot of requests for using my Masks or props in movies mostly independent self funded projects and I feel I should address this. While most of us may be open to give away our Art for these film projects it doesn't mean you should. Why not?
Most of these films are privately funded and if their Sony cameras, film, rigging equipment or headphones etc. needs to be paid for, why shouldn't your art be since its one of the most integral part of the film. Its just doesn't make sense to me that if they need that prop that bad for the main character a murderer or whatever they should at least pay for the most interesting part of character that will be shown. I don't believe that Artists should just shell out their craft like it was nothing on the empty promise and "possibility" of the film getting any sort of worthy attention. If indeed that film will be that successful or will be seen by many, then it justifies the reason for your Art to be paid for since its the meat of the matter. I could go on and on to list the reasons but it all can be generalized as "Self Worth"
There will be a million film makers out there all making their own horror movies or sci-fi fantasy film from their own pockets and they will always need free shit to film but this goes back to the person who is making the judgment of what is worth investing in and what is not.
If these people feel that your mask, your art which will be important to the film piece but not feel its worth paying for your craft and tries to give you that oh you will get credit, exposure etc. in exchange for the Free Art most likely the film will never go anywhere and I can bet money on this.
Almost any restaurant, company, friend, film or any other independant projects who I have given away FREE art never goes anywhere because these people that run the restaurant are either self serving, greedy and in reality don't value anything that they do. If these people pay for your art to be in their film, its a form of Self Investment into their own projects. I feel my art is worth the expensive dremel, resin , materials or supply because it will help me shine and give full power to my creation be it a film or mask.
These people don't feel they themselves are worth investing in, its not that I want their money, its they think their project is not worth spending money on a top notch mask that will make their project shine.
I have restaurants owners that came to me and paid me what I asked for to do murals and as a responsible and professional Artist I deliver on time and with high marks of quality. This Mexican themed restaurant went on to inspire a whole lot of investors to open up other restaurants on that same empty street that this owner took a gamble and invested fully in his operation.
If people don't want to pay you what you are worth, it doesn't invalidate your Skill or Value as an Artist. They are only cheating themselves because they invested very little in themselves, they risk nothing and these people do not work as hard as those who have millions of dollars vested in their projects. It doesn't matter if they appear to work hard but in the back of their minds they say "oh if this fails, at least I didn't lose that much money." Where as someone who put their life savings into their operation (like me) work ten times harder to make sure it doesn't fail.
For people who invests fully in themselves, failure is not an option and there is no plan B. I have to act as if its impossible to fail.
And that is the difference between someone who sees value in things and those who don't. But most importantly have some self worth in your skill and what your art is worth. Don't give it away for nothing, if you really need that exposure make those people pay for shipping, or at least 50% of what it cost you to make that piece of Art. You are not doing yourself a favor but in fact you are educating these people on seeing value in things worth investing in all because you see your own Art has value and that value can help others achieve their goals.
Listening to: CPU Fan Humming