Healthy nievity is a great thing when you are starting out. Knowing all the reasons you could fail can be counterproductive... However there comes a time where you will either ride the tides of success or you have to open your eyes and realise you are paddling in the wrong direction.
Davinci, Free. Fusion, Free. After Effects - monthly subscription, premiere, Monthly, Nuke, trial or monthly. Blender, Free. Maya 30 day trial or monthly, Unreal engine, free, I have 25 years of VFX experience and can tell you you can learn enough to do some decent composites and a competent color grade from a wealth of free sites. There's no such thing as output prints anymore. All distributors will accept Prores 4444
A lot of talk of inflation and other issues. This is why most people talk endlessly about making a movie and never will. Your barriers to entry are your own.
Render all VFX and final outputs to ProRes 4444. 422HQ has a horrible gamma shift. This applies to OSX. Not sure about windows.
In Raiders Indie loses the ark to bureaucracy and a warehouse, In ET Elliot loses his new best friend, In Schindler's list... well we all know how that ended... In Jurassic park they lose the park and their respective careers... The character always loses his want but finds his need. Thats the heroes journey. Its not simply a tacked on happy ending and Spielberg does it artfully.
This article was all about the commerce of film. The world needs art but the art needs commerce.