How hard can it be to pay a bill? Honestly, if you ask someone to do a job for you, is it not reasonable to pay this person according to the mutual deal?
I’ve written a script on request from a director. The payment was supposed to be on my account the 16th of November, last year.
That is five month ago!
I still have not seen any money, but I know that the script is in pre-production, planned to be shot after the summer.
Sure, I’ve pointed out the lack of payment. First time the buyer missed that the invoice was assigned to the e-mail, then it was forgotten, then there were Internet-problems, then there were other bills to pay first and then. . . I don’t know what excuse this person will come up with this time.
One thing I have learned, and that is to add a legal 8% for each month the payment is late. I am however not entitled to add this afterwards. It must be part of the deal from the beginning.
The sad thing is I don’t think the director understands how this affected the finances in my company. I was supposed to get the money on the previous financial year. Since the income over a year is not that big, I’m not entitled to include this debt in my finances, which made my company to go with minus last year. My private problem, of course, me calculating that the money should be paid in time.
To be honest, I just want to put one big, fat, yelling message on this person’s public wall on Facebook telling what I think about the way to handle the finances, but I don’t. Not yet, at least.
I've had a very nice conversation with the producer and I think I can now consider this problem solved.