I was approached by a potential client to edit pre-shot video for a series of safety training videos for a large multinational company.
After speaking on the phone and two in-person meetings with her I found her to be pushy and aggressive almost to the point of being rude (hey, I’m Canadian) and still not able to get her to agree on a fee structure. We finally agreed on a rate and project summary so I asked her to provide me with the footage.
This is where it went off the rails. She forwarded me to another videographer (that I knew professionally) for the footage. Turns out he had been contracted to shoot and edit the footage by her but retained the masters because she had refused to pay for the work done so far and was in the process of suing her.
I contacted her again and she provided me with “proof” that she had paid him and did have the footage. What she provided to me was a CD with a powerpoint presentation (embedded 120×80 MOV video files) that she was expecting me to “enhance” to HD and master to DVD.
Turns out the “proof” was a fake invoice she did herself using a photocopied letterhead from the other guy.
Me: This footage is unusable. I either need the original
Client: Fine. We can reshoot – but I’m not paying you anything extra. My budget only covers editing.
Me: So you want me to organize a four day, eight location, three crew and two actor shoot of my own dime?
Client: You can recoup costs by selling DVD copies.
Me: Of your company training video?
I noped TF out of there and forwarded the fake invoice to videographer so he knew what he was dealing with.