Hey, why not work for free for Elton John? If they really love what you do, you just might get paid. If you're going to make a film and probably not get paid, make sure you're doing it for yourself.
Wow, was impressed with this awesome $20.00 gadget. Did they misplace a zero somewhere? If you can't come up with something similar for under $40.00, then you need to rethink your career choice. Being a filmmaker or video producer is all about creativity and problem solving.