Camera operator at Slovenian National television
Independant filmmaker (Failsafe 2013, Last call 2014)
This is all relative. Let's say you live in NY city and go out to make a no budget film. Well, you'll say you shot it for 100$. From my point of view, living in europe, if I would shoot a story in NY city would be very quicly 10.000$ because I would have to pay everything from plane to team...
My point is: if people get team, gear, locations, costumes for free and need very few money to shoot, the budget is still very few money ( + knowledge how to reduce budget). Well, that's a part of the filmmaking knowledge.
If I need a skeleton team because I do everything alone and make a film for 100$ would you say in reality my budget is all fees I spare by working alone?
I don't understand when you talk about subjectivity and respect of what some people feel: some things are punished be the law and the 10 commandements but can be showed in film (murder for instance) while some things are admited by the law and the religion (like a couple having pleasure) and those things are problematic for MPAA ? I don't know if that was the point of the article but it is in my point of view a very good question.