I was asked to work on a “passion
project” (free) fan film about a DC Comic Character. When I asked if that was legal, they
assured me that it was as long as they didn’t make any money off of it. The lead actor would be one of the Professors from the
local community college. Since I wasn’t working on anything at the time, I agreed.
I thought it
would be fun.
We shot the entire film and had a good
time. It came time for me to start on the Visual Effects. They were very cool
about me working on them when I could since I was not getting paid.
I worked on them for a few days when I
got a call to work on a paid film. I gladly accepted and left to work on this
film for a few weeks.
I then get an email from the lead actor
of the DC Passion Project.
I was wondering if I could get any of those visual effects shots you’ve been
working on for my acting reel.
there. The only shots I have done are ones that you’re not in yet. I haven’t gotten
to yours yet since I am working a few weeks on a paid gig. I’ll get to them
when I return, though.
could you be so unprofessional! That’s exactly the kind of excuse I would
expect from a student! These are the big leagues! Get it together!
told you, I’m working on a paid gig. I’m not getting paid for your project and
the director told me I could take my time on the shots. Plus, I’ve never been
one of your students and never will be so don’t talk to me like I am. It’s very
unprofessional for an actor to demand products from the artists. Why do you
need Eefects shots for your acting reel anyways? You can’t even see your face
in the shots.
you make a million dollar paycheck, THEN you can tell me what to do! You’re
burning a big bridge here!
you’re making a million dollar paycheck, why are you teaching at a Community
College and acting in Student films for free? I can’t just drop paid work to
work on your demo reel.
I then received many emails
full of cussing and swearing and threats.
I went to the director and told him about his actor’s behavior. The director said he’d
talk to him. I told the director that I wouldn’t be finishing the project
because of the actor.
The next day the Actor sent me more
emails cussing and calling me a tattle-tale and I would never work in the
industry again. He’d make sure of it. He then blocked me on Facebook. The project also received a Cease and Desist from DC Comics shortly after I
To this day, I’ve worked on very high budget
films and have moved on to huge companies. He’s still teaching at a community
college, acting in Student Films.