I’ve had loads of professional emails corresponding to my pleading for footage of Uganda to use in my documentary, from Invisible Children, Amnesty International, BBC, etc, and each one of them was well-written and still gave me hope in my documentary.
But this one email really pissed me off, and i’ll tell you why…. In the past 4 months i’ve opened up my 3 email addresses to multiple spam threats in order to send about 50 different emails to organisations, institutions, even YouTubers about the documentary I’m making. Now most of these ‘contact’s haven’t gotten back to me which is fair enough, because i’m well aware that footage-royalty is a big issue in media, and why would someone put their own blood, sweat and tears into shooting a scene, and then be willing to give that away for free to a college student? I can’t think of many people who would be willing to do this, but what did annoy me is that this ‘film-maker’ decided he wasn’t going to delete my email along with the other imminent ‘viagra pills’ and ‘invest $200’ emails, he decided he would take a moment to reply to me whilst in his mothers basement saying ‘ I would prefer to distance myself from your subject.’
:/ - I want to reply in a professional manner, but hey, I’m not a qualified ‘film-maker’ so what do i have to lose?