The crew hiring practices of Jeremy Borison, Layne Austin Simescu, and Yuchen Ma have come under scrutiny as they were allegedly hired for a feature film with an already low budget of $250 per day for 17 days. After agreeing to the terms and signing a crew memo, they allegedly informed a crew member that they could no longer afford to pay for makeup and wanted to hire a student for experience instead. The crew member had already invested significant time in reading the script and doing a breakdown. Losing a month’s worth of work (5 days on, 2 days off) was a big setback. Situations like these where crew members are left unpaid are an allegedly frustrating reality in the industry.
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