It really just depends. There's a fine-line between free opportunities to get you exposure and people who are just taking advantage of you and don't value your work. I think you really just have decide based on the project. For example, I'm doing a huge amount of planning and work for free, but it's for someone with an extraordinarily large fan-base that I wouldn't reach otherwise. It's gaining me legitimate exposure. So, I don't mind doing it for free. Another brilliant example. I did a trailer for a stage theater production and it ended up getting shared around a huge amount. I did it completely for free, but the people I did it for got it out there and actually caught the attention of the marketing team I'm doing paid work for. So, I would not ever say DON'T work for free ever. There are times where it can be extremely useful to you and help in the long run, especially when you're just starting out and still learning. It really just depends. You have to make the call, but don't let anyone here tell you what you should or should not do because it "demeans" the work of cinematographers. That's not always true. Do what you want, but be prepared to make the choice yourself. Don't ALWAYS work for free, but don't straight up count it out, depending on where you are in your skill and experience.
I would never ever do something like a wedding for free. It's so much of a hassle and work that it wouldn't be worth it if it was free. Plus, the only features I would ever do for free would be ones with a huge attachment or passion in the project.
At some point, you do have to stop doing things for the XP and give yourself credit where credit is due. If you show legitimate experience then start charging for it, but don't be so rigid that you can't work with people.
That's pretty limiting advice to be honest. I wouldn't say definitively yes or definitively no. It really depends on your situation. I, for example, have a job working as a videographer in marketing. But I want to get into film. What's wrong with doing free work on the side that is more relevant to my future career while also having a regular job? I can make money while also working towards what I really want to do. I'll agree that if you have no source of income then don't constantly work for free, but I also wouldn't say NEVER work for free. Personally, I've gotten some pretty fantastic opportunities working for free fresh out of school. If a client asks me how much I charge then I'll generally give a price, but if I am passionate about the project or the opportunity, i'll negotiate all the way down to free if I have to and if it will legitimately help my recognition and skill in the long run.
So. It depends.
Unfortunately it's more suited to commercial/promo videos than for a cinematic feature.
Great for projects that already use stock tracks, but I would NOT call this "FILMstro". It's great for temp tracks or for no-budget projects, but for a final product on a film? No way. This should be marketed more like extreme stock music, not as a film scoring tool. It discourages hard-working composers and encourages lazy filmmakers who don't truly value original music in their projects. Plus, it creates a sense of "sameness" across films and projects.
If you're just starting out and have no talent to write a score yourself or any friends who'd help out for free then sure, give this a shot in order to help you create. However, professional filmmakers should not be using this for anything more than Temp. In temp it could be an amazing tool. Instead of throwing in things from other film scores that don't quite convey what you want to a composer, you can get so much closer with this as an editor / director.
I want to add that I totally get the appeal for something like this. I plan to use it for temp. Even those who do need to use it for final music when they're just starting out. No shame in that. I have to use sampled instruments in my scores because there are only a handful of instruments I have access to that I can record live (Piano for instance). My worry is that this will be abused by those who don't NEED this for their final FILM projects and simply don't want to go through the effort for original work.
Not sure why some people are having issues getting the Starter Kit. I got mine instantly.
Maybe check spam? Subject Line should read: "Your Filmsupply Challenge Starter Kit"
I thought so too, but it really depends on what you're creating I suppose.
I utilized the wishlist feature and downloaded nearly 100 watermarked preview clips (which is a feature the site offers) to create a pre-edit and decide 100% on my clips. Then went through and grabbed the full quality shots and replaced all the clips with the new versions.
Just a tip for anyone having trouble deciding!