Telling a director/prod co you no longer need their bid after kicking off the treatment / bidding process and asking for a 4 day turnaround ?

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let them submit the bid package. No need to be insulting.




It takes me a solid week to treat on a project. I’m talking all consuming. I’m thinking about it when I should be putting my kids to bed. I hire multiple people to image search. Cut test films. My EP busts her nuts making figures work. You write something in a script and WE are the ones that have to figure out HOW we’re going to do it or we are left financially exposed and accountable down the line. We move mountains for that week.
Please respect that from the very beginning of the process.


Tell them. Was it a bad call? I would like the context also. Don’t just let them do the treatment. 8 out of 10 times the prod co is paying real money for a treatment designer. And the director is spending a good bit of time writing it. If you know they aren’t a contender then tell them to save the money and time.


And a bidder researching, checking crew avails, stages, bidding…

This is exactly why we need Treatment Fees. Keep agencies/ clients accountable.


Why would you do this?


I’ve never done that nor would I. That’s just bad business. And cold hearted.


F that. Have some respect.


Because…the treatment was THAT BAD?

Sounds like they don’t even have it yet though? Dying to know the context of this

Yeah just let them do it and don’t present it if need be. That’s unprofessional

Would you rather have finished the whole thing and they never looked at it?

Would you ask a lawyer to draw up a contract for free only not to use it? Be straight with people.

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