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A 22-year-old film undergrad was embarking on her final term project—a short film for which she served as both director and main writer.
On the day of filming, delays accumulated despite meticulous planning.
They were down to their last 45 minutes when they encountered an unexpected obstacle: a group of people was standing in front of a wall of yellow balloons the team had set up for the final scene.
The film team was put in a difficult situation: allow the proposal to go forward and risk paying a hefty penalty or insist that the group leave
Her request was met with loud arguments and shouting from the waiting friends.
OP has offered the following explanation for why they think they might be the asshole:
"Not his setup, not his time. Sounds like the type of guy to propose at a wedding."
He wanted a picture perfect background, but for free
"Some entitled randoms were trying to hijack everything."
OP should have called the mall security on them
Was OP supposed to count on this kind of interruption when allocating time?
This is not okay
It looks like OP did this girl a favor and showed her what boyfreind is really like
Given the stakes involved, the director's decision was entirely justified. Film projects, especially those of an academic nature, come with severe time constraints and budgets.
The student team had followed proper procedures and received the necessary permissions to use the space, making it their "territory," so to speak, for the duration of the filming.