November 20, 2009
My check is given to me intentionally on the way out today. This looks sketchy to me already, so I open it. My suspicion is confirmed when the check was short and not paying the fully invoiced amount.
First, I approach Invoice Guy. He is ready with the Head of Production to talk to me about it, as if it was planned. The 3 of us go into an office and discuss the issue. The owner of the company chooses to do all of his dirty work through these 2 people.
After reminding them of our written agreement, the head of production says that he is not going to honor the terms and thus breaching our original agreement. I was given a choice of either accepting their terms, not including my agreed upon rate, or leaving.
Out of respect for the director and other artists, I tell them personally what happened before I leave and wish them luck with the rest of the project. Then I leave the studio for good, writing a letter the next day to the owner to officially withdraw myself from the project.