I want to ask the larger community about a scenario that doesn't come up often, but has come up enough that I'm finally ready to ask for help.
It basically goes like this:
• Client hires video production company whose focus is live action / film to make a series of videos. These videos, however, also include animated elements that will be incorporated in some way into the shot footage. Production company hires me to do said animation work. I'm in on pertinent client calls, seen as part of the team, etc.
• Months later, same client has an animation-only project. They come straight to me, asking for a quote for animation. There is no live action or video component of the project. My assumption is they therefore have no need for the video production company / studio that brought me in on the earlier project. My assumption is that on this new project, since they need JUST design/animation, they came straight to me.
A.) Take the project on, with no need of feeling guilty?
B.) Refer client BACK to video production company, that brought me in on earlier project, and request that they go through them?
C.) Never respond / sob into pillow loudly?
• I am employed by neither the video production company, nor the client.
• I have not signed any legal documentation with regard to non-compete, or anything similar to that.
• Video production company has taken issue with this precise issue in the past, and caused me to feel extremely guilty for entertaining the thought of taking the project on, in this same type of scenario. I ended up not taking the project, opting instead to protect the relationship with video production company. I didn't feel good about not taking it. I didn't feel good about taking it.
Please be gentle. Please be kind.