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#1 Rich Steel

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:48 PM


Apologies for the length of this posting. Below is an excerpt of an email I sent to a Production Company based in London. I believe the MD actually read it, looks like I won't be working for them again......No great loss really but damned it made me feel better.

Hi Liz,

Just thought I'd give you all the details and circumstances in writing so that's there's no questions to why I had to fly direct to Paris from Edinburgh and don't understand why your refusing to reimburse all moneys due.

Firstly, I receive the tickets on the thursday before the job. When opening the tickets I realised that the flights are from Heathrow and not Edinburgh. I contact you in turn and explain the problem. You said you'd get back to me, which you did on the Friday by leaving a message on my answer phone. I picked up the message around 1730hrs which explained that Paul Hutton was willing to give me an additional £60 travel expenses to get me to London Heathrow. I then called Paul and explained that I couldn't even get a train for that price never mind a flight. He then went on to give ME a hard time for being booked for the job quote "what the hell are we doing booking camera op's based in scotland for" he then said that I was down on the crew list therefor I needed to get out to France, regardless.

I proceeded to search and find the cheapest flight for travel and found that the departure time booked on my original ticket was way to early in the morning for me getting a connecting flight from Edinburgh to Heathrow.

After some searching I found a suitable flight on the web and called Blitz around 1840hrs on the Friday to confirm that spending this kind of money on a flight was OK. I spoke with a chap called Steve (I only now wish I wrote his last name down) and he confirmed that it would be AOK to go ahead with the booking.

Now, at this point I could quite easily drop Blitz in the shit but no I proceeded to book a flight on my credit card to get me out to France for the Monday to do YOUR JOB.

Now, you tell me:
(A) Why your refusing to pay the flight costs?
(B) Is Paul Hutton really that much of a wanker and does he dick people about like this as "the norm"
© Should I forward this email to Rob Oliver and get his thoughts on this shambolic mess?
(D) Your telling me your not making enough profit on a job for IBM that your refusing to pay an additional £170+ ?
(E) Why the fuck I should be out of pocket for doing a job for you?

I've consistently demonstrated loyalty and commitment to the highest standards and professional integrity and excellence in all my working years, pity Blitz and more specifically Paul Hutton can't do the same.

Rich Steel
Steadicam Owner/Operator

PS: You can shove any further work I would have expected from Blitz up Paul Hutton's arse to give him a taste of being fucked over for once, what a c--t. Sorry a c--t's a useful thing.
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#2 sebastian matthias

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:32 PM


i loved your letter to Liz (whoever that is).
you probably will get some mean replies for that but if it made you feel better it´s worth it!

(to be honest,iwould be afraid using this kind of hard language in a letter,because than people have something in their hands they can use against you),but....aaahm...forgot what i wanted to say....i had a good laugh anyway.....


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#3 JobScholtze


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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:45 PM

No shit,

Got myself an email 3 day's ago from a production compagny based in Londen from a woman called Lyz ........

I wil send you an email directly to checkout the name of the compagny as soon as my laptop is working again ( email is on my laptop :angry: , so i know what i am dealing with.

The job is in amsterdam so no traveling money for me. :P
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