What happens when you outsource every single step of a film production to cheap labor in low wage countries? What kind of creative piece will be generated out of this labour power if you just give it a budget to work from? „What People Do For Money“, the current video project of media artist Tillmann Ohm, is trying to find this out.
What is it about?
The so called micro job platforms are mainly offering services online like graphic design works or programming jobs for dumping prices. But you can also order video greetings or ask for creative writing. The range goes from fake costumer testimonials for your company’s new product to bizarre pranks and birthday wishes.
„What People Do For Money“ is the main question in this experimental video work. It refers not only to the people offering their services but also to those who make use of it.
The cooperation with amateur and semi-professional service providers of the platforms is the focus of the project. The creative work generates itself from the financial investment. All steps will be created and produced by the members of the online markets.
And that’s how it will be produced…
The people offering their services on these micro job websites are not only the subject of the project but also its protagonists. The ordered screenplays (5 dollars, each 100 words) will be passed on to other providers to produce the scenes. But this is not where the outsourcing practice ends. The editing, post production, voice over, sound mixing, music composing and even film poster design, trailer, title song and advertising will be produced exclusively by people offering their low cost services online.