I entered into a contract with a Freelance for 7 one minute whiteboard videos for a fixed price of $150. I had a milestone of $60 for the first video because I did not want the freelancer to create all 7 without me seeing his work on one. After seeing the storyboard for the first video, I released the first milestone and set another milestone for all 7 videos with $90 being released, adding up to $150. The freelancer was upset because he thought he was being paid $150 for each video, but if that was the case wouldn't I have needed to list the fixed price of $1050? Now he has disputed the charges because I cancelled the job. I don't want to pay $150 for one video, but are my only options to pay in full or pay more for arbitration?
If you paid him for the first one and released the escrow, he can keep that. He'll lose the other one though. Seems like there was some miscommunication. He won't win if he did nothing for the other milestone. He's stupid if he tries to dispute it.
It's a fixed-price contract.
You're the client.
You can pay whatever amount you want.
You can pay zero if you want. You can pay more. It's up to you.
If you pay an amount different than the agreed upon amount, the contractor will need to approve the amount. If he doesn't approve, that moves to a dispute.
But a reasonable contractor who did only part of the job will accept only part of the pay and won't dispute the client's decision.