As part of MKPL, Imbi and I owned a post-production company in Toronto for almost 20 years, Scene by Scene®. We did great work. (We being the company and all its employees.) Odds are good that if you’ve been a North American television viewer since the mid-80’s, you’ve seen our work – whether music videos, series, commercials or docs.
One of the problems with being in post-production (the editing, effects and mixing stage of the production process) was how many clients had actually burned through their budget before they got to us. Something they, of course, didn’t tell us before we finished their work. (I won’t give you the amount but from the number of people who stiffed us, we are owed well into six figures – money we will never see – and that’s not including what Livent failed to pay us.)
One of the unique joys of our biz was post negotiating – the art of negotiating after the work was done. (Which I’ve had occur with long-term clients, six months after the project was completed – after we’ve called them repeatedly for bill payment.) This video cracked me up. I’ve had every one of these conversations. (And once got to play the role of the big guy @ the end, when Imbi was having a conversation with the then largest advertising agency in the world who was trying to stiff us.) [HT]