“Don’t be buying extravagant bullshit for my movie, without my knowledge, then be presenting me with a bill for said bullshit.” –William Lee–quoted while working on a film years ago, when an unnamed actor made all sorts of purchases for “cool shit” for his own use in the no budget film I was producing, then expected to be paid for his “forward thinking” go getter attitude. Said actor needed to “go get his receipts” and return said shit.
It’s pretty simple: if it’s not your money, don’t go out spending it and then ask someone to pay for your ambition. You need to put your egos in check and grab hold of reality when you are working for an indie producer. It’s probably a good idea to ask about the budget before you spend it.
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BADFELLAZ The film no one else would or could pull off. And we can always use more money to do that. Or I can ask an overly ambitious assistant to go out and spend more the money I don’t have.