I am thinking about visiting some friends in the US for up to two months next year.
I am an aspiring filmmaker and I was thinking of maybe making a self financed short film while there. This would mean I might have to rent US equipment and potentially pay some form of salary or expenses to US actors/crew.
I am just wondering if I will be able to do this seeing as I will be admitted into the US under the Visa Waiver Program. I won't be getting paid by anyone and all the budget will come from me. The purpose of the short would be to submit to film festivals and to use for showreel material.
Would I need some kind of visa to do this?