Earlier this week, graphic designer Juan Luis Garcia, issued an open letter to director Spike Lee about his involvement in creating artwork for his latest movie, Oldboy. The full letter can be read here. In the letter Garcia talks about how badly he was treated by the agency that was dealing with him and his work in regards to the project. He states that he “was taken advantage of, lead on, lied to, manipulated, and harassed for over two months” and the issue of money became more and more of a problem, with the initial “insultingly low offer” and how he would “make the same amount of money in a single day as a photo assistant as what they offered and I had worked on these almost exclusively for two months”.
Over the last few days the letter has spread like wildfire across the internet with many people showing their support for Garcia and how he has been treated. It was obvious that the news would eventually get back to Spike himself with so many people sharing the letter and Oldboy now having been released in the US.
Like many people nowadays, Lee took to Twitter to express his feelings over the issue. Below is the tweet he sent in regards to the whole issue.
So far, Garcia has yet to see any money from his project. Whether this issue will be sorted out amicably is yet to be seen, but I don’t think Lee will be loosing any sleep over the problem, unlike the graphic designer in question.