My partner and I were paid by a band to record a live performance of theirs. We had already been paid for the recording of the performance and asked them if they wanted an edited version of what we recorded, or just give them the original files and be done with it.
Me: If you do want an edited version my rate is $50/hour.
Client: That’s pretty high. I mean, if it took you four hours, then we’d owe you $200! How about we agree to pay according to quality.
Me: That’s not how freelance editing works. Or how any freelance works for that matter. With this caliber of video, I would imagine it would take me at the most 3 hours. Also I don’t know any editor who shares my experience who charges less than $50.
Client: Well it seems high.
Me: That’s fine! I’ll send you the unedited files and that will the end of our working relationship.
Client: Sorry, sorry, no disrespect. I’m just kind of messed up today ‘cause we had a bad show last night. It’s cool We want the edited version. We’re willing to pay. Again, sorry for the lack of respect.
Me: Okay, I’ll send you a new contract for the new work.
Sent the contract, never heard back. So we just sent them the unedited files and washed our hands of the whole thing. Which, honestly, felt pretty sweet.