I recently got contacted by someone on Fiverr to do some Matchmove/Rotomation work for a series of short shots, which I found interesting and would like to have them included in my reel. From the beginning, he was a fairly unpleasant and unprofessional person to work with (constantly calling me ‘bro’ should have been a red flag I guess)
He was fairly adamant about only having the orders created after I sent him previews of the shots and he approved them.
Yes, in hindsight I know I should have placed the order before doing any work - there were a series of unfortunate circumstances that led to me not feeling like I can push back - an order I had fulfilled for him previously was admittedly of mediocre quality due to me being inexperienced regarding some rotomation he needed done - this led to me hiring an animator I know to fix it, who also had to start working on it immediately due to time constraints.
I never signed anything, but he did tell me I couldn’t use the footage in my reel. He approved some of the shots, which I created orders for that he paid for. After I reworked the others and sent him previews of those, he ended up ghosting me, and I ended up losing money due to me having to hire the animator (which I, of course, paid fully regardless).
Legally, what are my options regarding use of the shots that I didn’t get paid for in my reel? The way I see it, there are 3 options, and I would be interested in hearing what you guys have to say.
- I could tell him that if he doesn’t pay me, I will end up using the unpaid footage in my reel (if that’s legally possible), 2) use it in my reel anyway without talking to him, or just 3) take that hit, learn my lesson, and move on.
I already reported him to customer support, but don’t actually expect anything to happen.
Appreciate any input!