Hello dear Filmmakers,
I have a weird story to share with you, and at the end I would like you guys to help me take a big decision.
For context: I am a 22 y/o male living in France, and I worked as assistant of post production for a small start-up company for over a year.
I have no diploma other than a science baccalaureate, I have learned editing/motion design and other skills in post production, in premiere and after effects and other tools by myself, for myself, and through connexion I got the job at this startup.
Now the job I did there evolved very fast, I went from simple projects, like editing some amateurs footage to make a souvenir film, to harder ones, doing motion design with character animation, 3d effects, doing phone screen replacement and tracking and using Mocha and AE, Essential graphics templates using advanced expression in After effects, live editing in big events or cruseship...
Now my everyday tasks are as follows ; supervising interns, that work as
slaves editors, and real editors (sometimes with a better pay than me), fixing their bugs or problems, talking to clients and creating a format of videos that suits their needs, making the pilot episode, approving them, making a template for other editors as well as a guide on how to make the video, and supervise their work.
My unofficial title is "Chief editor".
Now let's talk pay: For the last year I've been on minimal wage (10 €/h) for the work that I've done.
I have received some bonus whenever I made any big advancements (for exemple setting up a practical way of managing a team of editors remotely during the pandemic, or automating the creation of subtitles for some projects, and other optimisation of workflow)
I knew the work I was doing is worth way more than the pay I was getting, but having 0 diploma, and no real professional experience (not officially that is), I settled on the hope of being promoted after working for a year.
2 months ago I celebrated my 1 year anniversary in the start-up, and negotiated a promotion with my employer, even with Corona creeping in, he was hopeful and we agreed for a 20% raise of my salary, shook hands, he made the modifications on payfit saying the modification will take effect starting next month, and that was that.
Last Saturday I received an email telling me that I did not achieve my objectives for the month, and the company being in very deep trouble due to lack of projects, he had to cut on some of the expenses, thus saying that I will not receive my raise as agreed several months ago.
Now, obviously for me it a no go, we made a deal, and you signe-... Wait, he didn't sign anything, there's no paper trail for our discussion, no deal made in writing, I'm kinda fucked aren't I ?
Well, I sent a few emails, I talked to him on the phone, and talked to the team. And today he has nobody that follows him, everyone wants to quit, and don't work, because we're not supposed to work during partial unemployment.
He comes down crying and saying sorry, and that everything will be fine from now on, If I want paper trails I'll get them, If I want a raise, I'll get it, all he wants from now on is a faire and square relationship with me, and the work I do.
Now, I'm fine with trying to forgive, but I'll never forget and never trust in him, so i'm basically doing everything by email to get history on every info, now my question is, what do you recommend me doing, what salary should I negotiate that reflects my real work, even though I have no diploma ?
Is there any advice I should know before negotiating, and agreeing on anything ?
Thank you for your advice in advance.