At this point I’m still waiting to be refunded from Ali, was told his mount could fit my camera and it didn’t. Just his whole demeanor from pick up I had a gut feeling this rental wouldn’t go well. He was very passive when I tried to ask him questions and then when I came to return the mount to him he told me “look man, I’m not here to show you how it works”. It was disheartening hearing that because through my whole experience with share grid renters have always asked me “hey do you want me to show you anything”..first time last time ever renting with him.
I hired Ali Berrada through sharegrid to be a jib op on my set. I am a DP with little to no knowledge about operating a jib so in booking Ali I was relying on him to be the expert in that field. Prior to the shoot I informed him of the exact camera package we would be flying on the job with weight measurements and everything and he assured me that would be fine and we would make it work. On the day he was an hour late and took an inordinate amount of time to unload and set up. When it came time to fly the camera on the jib he did almost nothing to help and even seemed like he did not know how to rig the camera, leaving the brunt of the work to my AC. Once rigged the jib wouldn’t even fly our package and we spent 45min trouble shooting and Ali offered no solution other than flying his camera with a spherical lens while we were shooting on anamorphic lenses. We paid him to operate the jib he would provide and he did not in anyway do what we paid him for. Finally I had to move on so we cut him after 4 hours and we had booked him for a 12 hour day.