I worked for fifteen nights and two months of pre-production for a passion project feature film, only making an honorarium of $300. The director was a friend of mine, and was paying out of his pocket, so I cut him an incredible deal because I wanted to be a part of the film.
When it was time to get paid, I invoiced for my transportation to set.
Client: I’m not paying so you can drive your vehicle.
Me: So when the contract said the company will reimburse me for “any and all costs incurred during and for the production”, it meant everything except for gas used to get to the set?
Did I mention I also transported a car full of set dressing and props to set every day? You’re welcome for making your film look good. On my own dime, apparently.