The Five Dollar Movie takes you on a journey to one of the most innovative and oddest versions of the gig economy: Fiverr.com. But it is also a meta-documentary that uses its subject to create the film—a documentary made about Fiverr, with Fiverr.
If there are two things I’ve learnt while working on this documentary project they are:
Three years on and I’m still working on The Five Dollar Movie. A recent move to New York allowed me to revisit some of the Fiverr users I first met on a trip here in 2013. During the time I had before starting my new job here, I was able to conduct eight interviews. With this footage now in the can, it’s time for me to sit down and edit.
One of the things I like most about Woody Allen is his consistency. Almost every year he brings out a film. Some are great, others less so, but the important thing is that he finished everyone of them and released it into the world. I think this is a good lesson for me and my approach to The Five Dollar Movie. It would be very easy to give up at this point and declare the project a failure, but having come this far it seems a shame. So I’m applying myself to it with the intention of releasing it early next year – whatever shape its in then.
I can’t guarantee it will be perfect, but it will be released.