Ian Singleton

Free

Posted in Uncategorized by iansingleton on April 27, 2011

I’ve written before now about the Chris Anderson book, Free. I went to listen to Anderson when he appeared in Bristol to launch the book.

This Free isn’t about that. It’s about the fact that tonight I’m going for a beer with a developer who has offered to do some work for me. For free. That’s the first time ever that a developer has offered to do that.

In film production, especially, a huge amount of work wouldn’t get done if the crew didn’t work for free. The overwhelming majority of shorts are made with crews who are working unpaid. The same applies to lots of the no-budget (hence the description) features that get made.

Why is this? I think it’s because people work for free on a film in order to get experience, to pad out their credits list and to find new collaborators. Software developers don’t think in the same way.

You wouldn’t expect the plumber to come round and fix the cistern for free. Or the woman who makes your curtains to knock them up for nothing.

And there’s a great rant from a screenwriter about why he won’t read your script for free here

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