A client gave me an external hard drive full of footage he had hired me to edit.
Me: Okay, how do you want this to be edited?
Client: I want you to make magic.
Me: Like what?
Client: Something Spiritual. Powerful. Magical!
Me: So, like magic wands and spells?
Client: No, no, no. Just have magical colors to bring it out! I just want you to make something magical.
Me: What does magical mean? Can you tell me which clips come first?
Client: You’ll know them when you see them. Use the powerful ones.
All the (poorly shot) footage is of someone walking around in a desert.
Client: Oh! And use the music from [famous band].
Me: Do you have rights to use them? You can be sued if you don’t.
Client: Of course I do. I talked to them.
I paste the video together, use the song he requested, and I increase the saturation before I send the footage back. The next week, he emails me to say I made “absolute magic,” but unfortunately, he has already received a cease and desist from the band whose music he asked me to use.