So I shot a short film last year with all volunteers because my network is all new grads, but everyone was fine with it because they loved the project and because we have all worked on each others’ sets before. The person who did my lighting and sound is now making a web series and asked me to help produce but here’s the thing… it’s not very good?
And I don’t mean, like, it’s a cliche concept or it’s a weird idea, I mean it’s not good writing, the people they cast are not actors, and the person who created it is writing, directing, and acting despite not being super great at any of those roles from previous experience.
Producing is a lot of work and it kind of makes the statement that you believe in/love the project, so my question is… can I say no? This person has done a lot of free work for me in the past on stuff I’m not great at, and though I’ve helped them previously for free, it’s been a while since they’ve had their own project so they kind of consider it “their turn.” Do I have any legs to stand on, or do I just need to suck it up, finish this series, and then never promote it? That feels even worse.
*OH. And this person isn’t open to editing/criticism because the story is based (loosely) on their life and they’ve had the script locked for months now. So… offering critique isn’t an option, sadly.