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'Kickboxer' movie production leaves town with New Orleans crew, vendors unpaid

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Ugh. Sorry to hear it. We had one of those in Philadelphia back in 2008. I didn't work on it, but a lot of friends did. Hopefully it ends better for you guys than this one did.

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Hey Jonathan was the picture union? If so I hope the IA can help with your situation.

 

Very bad time of the year to not be paid for your labor and equipment. I feel for you and hope it works out.

 

 

Whit

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yeah its union. The production signed the tier 2 contract but failed to give the 478 the deposit. I heard from other crew members that they have to pay the DGA before they start filming in Thailand in January. It's been a back and forth game with the upm and accountants these past few weeks.

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How are they allowed to proceed without the deposit or some proof of money?

For lack of a better term, there's a local non-Union crewing group / production company here that started requiring deposits for payroll at least week by week on indies. Work wouldn't start on a "Monday" if that deposit wasn't there.

The people that got screwed on the one here mostly took a settlement about a year later for 50% of the money initially owed. One friend refused the settlement and tried to use a lawyer. He said in the end he walked away with less than 50%, it took longer to get and was really stressful.

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The lesson is, the minute the first check is missed, you stop work.

Period.

Because if they don't have a check for a weeks worth of work, what makes you think they'll have two weeks of checks the following week, and so on.

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If you mixed the film, technically you own the rights to the recordings until they pay you and clear the contract, unless your contract says otherwise. So take those recording as ransom until they pay. If they release the movie without paying you, than is copyright bridge

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I was on one movie, and when the money stopped coming, I turned in blank DVDs every day. Nobody was watching dailies, and no editor on staff. The dada wrangler said to me, "Do you know there's no audio on here?" - I told him I knew, and to keep it a secret because of the money situation. He did. When the money showed up, I replaced the DVDs with the "real" DVDs. Nobody ever found out.

It was an out of town shoot, so I couldn't stay home, and the movie was almost over. It seemed like a better choice to keep going, hoping the money would come, rather than to stop working. Most of the crew stopped working and insisted cash be delivered to set before they'd continue. But they didn't have the same leverage I had.

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