That still doesn't explain why he agreed to do it. No one makes pictures without wanting others to see them. It just isn't done. What's the point of putting film in the camera, then?Making movies is an iffy business at best. Having a stable and competent infrastructure available makes it possible to make movies, and sometimes even a good one gets out the door.
He didn't care. I know it's hard for you to believe, but the work was all that mattered to him. The results were secondary, almost of no importance. A lot of film people are like that - especially the ones below the line, the blue collar guys, the grunts. They enjoy figuring things out. They like putting their hands on the equipment and getting it to do things for them. It's not about art or ideas. It's about working at something and making it come out right. - Alma talking about her father in The Book of Illusions by Paul Aster, p. 213
I suspect the same thing goes for any number of other businesses, like construction or automobile repair. Why someone would want to build some oddball building or fix an old junker is not a question for the guys doing the work. That's for the gods who are in a position to make that decision, minor deities though they may be.