Nothing hurts more than disappointment, especially in someone you admire(d) and respect(ed). We have come to a point where we have to fire J. Smith from our first narrative project. Not only has he breached every aspect of his contract (over budget by more than 100%, late in deadlines by over 3 months), but we’ve hired another company to come in and take the project from him.
It’s incredibly disappointing, but what can we do? The only thing he’s been consistent with is dropping the ball. No, scratch that. He never even picked the ball up.
It feels like such a letdown. I loved his cinematography and his style. I was ecstatic when he agreed to produce for us. Yet time and time again he has made professional promises he couldn’t keep (nor seemed interested in keeping) and has even stooped so far as to lie about one of his initial commitments to the project.
Bleh. Firing someone never feels good. And it sucks, because I like him as a person. But as a professional, this is unacceptable. It’s reflecting poorly on us, on our company, and on our word as creative artists. We said this thing would be released in January (his estimate), then March (again, his estimate), and now it’s almost July and we have to do reshoots. We look like assholes because someone else isn’t doing their job. We’re taking the heat for someone else’s mistakes and nonchalance.
And we can’t exactly go around saying that it’s not our fault. That’s not only unprofessional, but it seems irresponsible, no matter how accurate it may be.