An acquaintance hired me for a
week of videography at a film festival, interviewing actors and filmmakers.
She was working with a very tight budget, but I thought it would be cool to film
some of these celebrities so I agreed to a dirt-cheap rate.
Because I wasn’t being paid much, I
asked for two fresh hard drives to backup footage each day. She brought two
drives, but she was already using one the other was full of files she asked me
not to remove. I told her we would need more drives.
Sure enough, two days into filming
we run out of space on one drive.
until we get another drive I’ll only be able to store the footage on one drive.
A new drive is cheap compared to losing footage.
I’ll get one today.
She does not.
We keep filming several days and I
keep backing up the footage on one drive. One day I arrive back at work and she
has the one drive with all our footage.
making a weird sound.
plugged it in, and the drive emits the most horrendous scratching sound I’ve
ever heard. It is definitely badly damaged.
was just sitting here and all of a sudden the drive JUMPED off the table and
fell to the ground.
we can send this to a data recovery specialist but I don’t have high hopes. It’s
more than likely that the footage is lost.
Client: This is ridiculous! How
could you BE so irresponsible?
We continued to argue about whose
fault it was until I informed her that I would be contacting my lawyer. She told
me that she would make ensure my career was over.
It’s a year later. Her online journal is kaput.
My career is doing really well, thank you very much.