Strangely this has been tried twice in two months but I am making you aware of this so you don’t fall into the same trap…
It’s called “Not followed to completion” a new game employers are playing to avoid payment and can I say at this point its not just the wee chancer its large organisations as well.
Here is the scenario…You are called into a meeting and agree to film or photograph a set subject, turn out, shoot, edit and present your work to the company, no reply or correspondence for a month then you finally bill them for your time etc. to be told since the job had not been followed to completion they are not paying you.
Total nonsense and illegal, if you have been commissioned to film or photograph for someone you are entitled to be paid for time spent on the job both at their premises and editing be-it video editing or photoshop time.
I recently filmed a chap with green screen and prompting for a web site for them to “view” what it would look like so the boss man decided as they were not going ahead with this idea the agreed price was to be cut by 50%…”eh…no that’s not the game plan we are not a charity”.
Fortunately I got paid for both jobs eventually but this is my top tips for anyone called into a meeting even if you have worked for someone for ages don’t take their word as a bond.
1. Make sure from the outset you know why you are being involved telling them you will be sending them a bill for time spent on the job.
2. Get it in writing and a signature if possible that they agree to pay a set sum of money if its a job you can agree a price up front.
3. Keep a note of time spent on the job from filming, editing, prompting, meetings etc.
As a production company we don’t do work for nothing, time spent on a job is payable no mater what the outcome so beware of the new austerity scam that certain companies are playing.