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Nathan Milford

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Cut off from your own film by production...

13 August 2009 - 11:25 AM

I just received the following in a PM from a forum member.

Since the member contacted me under their own name I can confirm they are not a nut or a troll. This person has a significant amount of posts here and is in good standing in the community, so I can vouch. I am posting this as his/her proxy.

I also recognize this person is a director (in this particular circumstance) and this ordinarily might not be the appropriate forum for this discussion but I am posting it here for two reasons, 1) I have moderator perms in General Discussion so if this thread goes weird I can curtail it and 2) I'm sure there are similar situations that cinematographers face and their input may be valuable as well.

So, lets discuss the post and not descend into a meta-discussion about the posting an anonymous post for someone, or that it is in the wrong forum and help this person out :)

Hi Nathan,

I understand your rule of using your real name as username. However, a situation has arisen for which I need advice but I need to do so anonymously.

I have written and directed my first feature. Post production has been taken out of my hands, the producers even claiming disingenuously that they "have accepted my decision to have nothing further do do with the film". The reality is that I have been excluded from the editing process for the last 6 weeks, and they are proceeding with a cut that I have expressed serious reservations with. Any attempt to contact them is ignored.

I have contacted the main funding body, and I hope to hear from them soon. I have also contacted the directors guild and screenwriters guild who say they will support me.

I will not go in to the complex details of all this here but suffice to say I am deeply concerned.

I would like to ask for advice in forums but please understand my need to do so anonymously. If my producers etc were to hear that I have been publicly denouncing their behavior it could likely further damage any hope I have of winning back control of my film.

I'm sure there are a few members that might have encountered similar difficulties and whose advice I would appreciate hearing.


What do you guys think?

I encourage the person involved to send updates through me, as well as to describe the situation a bit more. We have no way of knowing that production may not be justified in reducing your participation. What are the stakes, what level of production, how much money is involved, what type of film etc...

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