I have to collect data for an ongoing project - linking audio files to summary text to photos for later publication in another format. Different bits of the data will come from up to 3 different users. I want the 1st user to be able to start the form and add a link to an audio file. I want the 2nd user to be able to go in and choose a form that already has an audio file link in it, listen to the audio file, then write a summary of the content. The 3rd user should be able to then access the form and add a link to a photo that goes with that audio and summary. All three of these users are not sophisticated software types. I want to make this easy for them, just give them a link and say fill out A, B, and C on this page and save or submit it.
I'm not a developer, so I am working with someone who is. This person is a web developer for sites that have complicated back end database functionality. He tells me that what I'm asking will cost $5 to $10K to make. I doubt he is thinking of using FileMaker, maybe MySQL or something related to WordPress. I thought that amount sounded ridiculous and that if I tried hard, I could probably build what I want in a few days or a week, including learning curve with something like FileMaker or Access. Am I dreaming? Is this request harder than I think to make happen?
Thank you for your thoughts and advice.