Sunday, April 1, 2018
To make it short : don't work with SOMAR Film & Productions, based in L.A., Miami, and more
Don't trust Somar Film & Productions. After a very last minute booking, I have filmed for them, giving them a great deal with a nice "first time customer discount", and even went the extra mile to deliver the footage to them through a lengthy online process (big files = long uploads) that ate up more of my time. Four months and a lot of emails, plus an official registered letter, after, I still haven't been paid for my work. They made excuses, promises, sent me a cheque with the wrong amount that they asked me not to cash, yet still nothing. Then I learned that they've been taken to the court of small claims, and lost, for similar problems, and that other freelancers are in the same conflictual situation with them, all over the US and Canada. They also don't have any local offices like they pretend, only fake addresses. They hire local people, then don't pay them. We also suspect that the list of clients they show off on their website is just as fake as all the five star reviews that show up in various places. A little cross examination shows that these reviews are posted by fake accounts that all review the same businesses positively.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hey guys, just a heads up about J.A. Frost. He hired me to design a poster for a film of his, which I did and we went back and forth on corrections for a few days. When it was practically completed (and watermarked) he stopped contacting me. 30 days of calls, texts, emails and messages later he still hasn’t paid for the work or responded to me. Don’t want anyone else to waste their time.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I would like to submit Francis Pinnock and the production of Sangre Negra to your list. Frank works his crews 15-17 hours and then at the end of the day the money is no where to be found. When he does give people checks, they bounce. He has no appreciation for the hard work that people put in for his horrible projects. Please let me know if you need any more information.
I would like to report this production company which utilizes ALL of the following names
Cheryl Quintana (also goes by Petra Celia)
Mi Casa Network (LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St., Suite M160)
Indivison 2000 Production Company
Creo 8 Production Company
This company not only never paid me and a crew of 35 people. Cheryl Quintana actually harassed me personally for months after I demanded payment. On production she locked herself in her car and fled the scene to avoid paying us. She tried to run another member of the crew off the road for angering her. These people are not only untrustworthy but also mentally unstable and dangerous. Please share so other people do not experience what we had.
[Submitter's name redacted by editor]
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Client hired me to do post production sound. Gave me unreasonable deadlines with poor production material. Ex: quoted 2 weeks for an episode that needed some major audio cleaning; was given 3 days to complete. Not even enough time to work out the kinks.
Intitially when discussing work with client I stated point blank I would work on the first episode on a flat rate and after that I would charge accordingly for the amount of time it would take me to work on each project. Client never payed his bill and I never got paid.
Many collegues of mine, including the one that introduced me to them warned me of their shady tactics. I was warned and didnt listen. Lesson learned. Now I want to make sure no one else gets screwed.
Thanks for your time.