I was hired as one half of a crew to shoot a corporate training video just before New Years.
I was told to arrive and look for the other freelancer, whose name and description I did receive. I was told he would have all the info, but when I showed up I couldn’t find him.
I resorted to asking anyone and everyone for this other videographer, or the original client. Nobody knew anything, until I found ANOTHER freelancer who was doing the same thing.
Turns out, the other freelancer I was supposed to find had subcontracted out to someone else, who in turn had hired another person to actually do it. Neither of us knew who we talking to, and nobody at the company knew who we were.
That’s not all: we found someone who WAS expecting a shoot that day, but they thought they were using the in-house film team – who had hired another company to do it, and THEY subcontracted to me and my original counterpart.
Confused? Me too. Also, note that I said “subcontracted,” not “passed the job.” Every step along that chain people were getting a cut at our expense, WITHOUT passing on necessary information.
The client we finally spoke to and worked with was extremely annoyed with all of them (especially the in-house team) and got us to invoice her directly.