Last year, I was hired by a new director for a Sundance film. After negotiations and flashing great promises in front of my face I can admit I unwittingly agreed to do the project's musical score for no money upfront. But the promise (contracted promise) that any bit of money used for said film would grant me a percentage of it until my fee is paid ($100K). Since then, the guy has only paid a total of $1200 which had been used to hire my musicians and engineers. Obviously, that was only a fraction of what is still owed to those guys. I have a new attorney who has recently passed her BAR in Ohio and is working on the one for Pennsylvania. I am her 'first client' so I'm kind of her experiment. Unfortunately, I had come about her too late. Multiple times throughout my attempts in getting this guy to pay, he has told me, in email, that money is coming - he's even given me dates. The dates come and go and no money. Obviously when I tell the people I owe money to that this stuff is coming and it doesn't...it hurts those people, as well. Most recently, however, the guy has admitted to not ever actually reading the contract, just signing it and sending it back to me. He admitted to have lied about having an attorney read it over as well and that he doesn't actually have representation. Finally, he said he won a civil suit against a Production House for almost a quarter of a million and taunted me saying, "If I can get it - I can have it". I have most of these emails saved and in my attorney's folder. Since we're both new at this I am just trying to figure out if I can actually make a case out of this and to do so...what do I need to do and have?
I can answer any other questions since this is very, very confusing territory for me. This whole thing has caused me to lose a lot (including these people from my network, my relationship, and a plethora of monetary things). I have taken this matter personally and I'd really like this guy to not be allowed to do this to anyone else.
Thanks, in advance.
Once again, I can upload anything I need to help and try to give as much information as possible.