Film & TV

Feb 22, 2013

Filmmakers’ Tropo choice: insecurity or obscurity

Artists' desperate fight for recognition results in blood, sweat and tears going unrewarded -- and unpaid. Just ask filmmakers who enter the Tropfest short film competition every year.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

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5 thoughts on “Filmmakers’ Tropo choice: insecurity or obscurity

  1. wilful

    analogy: a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based

  2. deb verhoeven

    Ben, what you are describing is known as “psychic income” (the non-monetary rewards or benefits associated with a particular activity). It applies to many industries – not just filmmaking or even the arts. But there has been a lot of work done on the importance of psychic income in the film industry: http://www.mediawave.tv/site/item.cfm?item=D7853B42C29F442E68DB91B16F545F36
    What would be useful is if someone were to follow up with Tropfest finalists – to see if their “exposure” actually amounted to something (i.e. offset the deferred income that the filmmakers would have earned if they had worked in a different industry instead).

  3. Ben

    I just spent five minutes googling Lucas Thyer and Cubicle. I can’t find anything to watch. So much for exposure.

  4. Matthew Rowley

    Ben crikey have stuffed up by the looks of it if you would have googled Lucas Thyer and tropfest you would have found this http://tropfest.com/au/2013/02/05/time/

  5. Andrew McIntosh

    “The vast over-supply of creative labour…”

    Here’s the real issue.

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