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Summary: Legal/contractual obligations to list all staff who've worked on film Evidence that staff have worked on film, which can be used to help them gain future employment Some movie-goers are extremely interested in credits and finding out who was responsible for what Detailed Answer: Union Rules/legalities E! Online were asked a question about why ...


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According to David Feldman's book Imponderables: The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life: Why are copyrighted dates on movies and television shows written in Roman numerals? The general consensus is the "deception theory": to "make it difficult for viewers to determine exactly how old the show is", the reason being the older the ...


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From the IMDB trivia page James Earl Jones supplied the voice of Darth Vader, but specifically requested that he not be credited. At the time, the reason he cited was that he felt he had not done enough work to get the billing, but he later admitted that he didn't want his name associated with the film because he was still an up-and-coming actor, and ...


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This is because there is a difference between how IMDB (or another source) lists the actor's name than their credit in a movie. The name after 'as' shows how they were credited in the movie. In the case here, it is because there is a difference in the capitalization between Dane DeHaan and Dane Dehaan.The difference here is relatively minor, they can be ...


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According to an article about the credits for the movie at TrekMovie.com, although they [Hemsworth and Morrison] don’t appear in the film, some of their dialog from the 2009 movie can be briefly heard during a dream sequence/flashback. Presumably that counts as a speaking part, so they have to be in the credits.


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From What's the Difference?: How to Tell Things Apart that Are Confusingly Close A “story by” credit is given to the person or team who came up with the essence of a film (such as the plot or main characters) and who may have written a treatment, but who didn’t write the screenplay. Similarly, a “screen story by” credit goes to a person or team who ...


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The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel. The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...


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According to The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) there are only 17 movies (including shorts) that uses this rolling down credits technique, the earliest being just the one you used as example: Kiss Me Deadly (1955). In the list of movies that match this request there's also, as you mentioned, Seven (1999). Recently, the movie Next(2007) used this approach, ...


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Closing credits are not entirely there for the audience, although I have a few friends that work in the movie industry and it's cool to see their names scroll by at the end of a movie. The ones that you see for electricians, gaffers, best boy, etc., are part of the film crew. It's an acknowledgement that without those people, the film would not have been ...


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In the USA, this is governed by the agreements of the Director's Guild of America. Their basic agreement states in section 8-201 that: No other credit shall appear on the card which accords credit to the Director of the film. Such credit shall be on the last title card appearing prior to principal photography. This convention even appears to cover ...


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From an interview with James Earl Jones (2008): Q: How come you didn’t take a credit for Darth Vader’s voiceover in the first “Star Wars”? The first two. You know the story, don’t you? When Linda Blair did the girl in “The Exorcist,” they hired Mercedes McCambridge to do the voice of the devil coming out of her. And there was controversy as ...


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Contractual agreements generally requested by the actor's agent to garner him/her more recognition. And, like you said, to give them credit for episodes they weren't in. It's just a way to make that actor stick out amongst the rest to earn him/her more brownie points.


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Game of Throne's opening sequence clocks at 1:50 minutes, which is indeed longer than most modern TV opening credits that rarely break a minute. There are several reasons for this: To establish an epic feeling for the series. A similar series, Rome, has a credit sequence that lasts 1:30. To establish where the action takes place. Each episode the camera ...


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There's a bit of prestige being listed last. Generally this spot is for a famous actor that has a small role. For the Hobbit movies, Bloom isn't in all the films so he won't get the same type of billing as the regular players. The SAG rules are different for guest stars and featured players than for principal players. For Andy Serkis, I think it's because ...


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The Screen Actor's Guild sets certain required pay scales for actors. In some cases actors will agree to pay adjustments or a lack of credit as a favor to a friend directing the film (Robin Williams in Baron Munchausen) or just to have the chance to cameo in the film for fun. In some cases an actor won't be billed so as not to spoil a surprise. Lately the ...


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You are referring to the sound mode icon. An example:


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From TV Tropes: As a way to draw special attention to the last actor on the list, their name will often be bracketed with an additional annotation, such as "With", "And", or "And Starring". Sometimes, this would be elaborated even further, giving the name of the character portrayed by the actor. In the past, this was reserved for either the ...


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IMDB page for the movie's trivia lists that:The film is dedicated to late musician Johnny Ramone, who introduced Nicolas Cage to Robin Hardy's original The Wicker Man.


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One of the earliest, if not the first such announcements was "All in the Family was recorded on tape before a live audience" from 1971. According to Michael Tueth's Laughter In The Living Room (2005), one of the earliest American sitcoms to broadcast live was I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957). For personal reasons, Lucy Ball wanted to produce the programme from ...


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Having watched it again, and continuing with the Sinister Six theory I mentioned earlier, I now believe this might be the introduction of Electro. If you'll recall, the figure appears and disappears during lightning strikes, which would be the perfect cover (and set up) for Electro. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Electro features pretty ...


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The earliest I found is from 1994's Floundering During the Floundering (credits, the cast sings along in a rendition of "Nothing Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding," as the camera pans through the crowd. This sort of thing is less incongruous with light comedies. There's Something About Mary (1998) is the first non-musical comedy I found ...


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The two names which are listed are the one the actor is commonly known as and the other is how the credit in the film is given. (EDIT: So the main listing is the main one and the one in the parenthesis the credited.)


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Some say it refers to the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in 1918, others say it refers to winning World War II (refering to the "We win!" headline of newspaper) and there are more random suggestions too. But there is no definite answer to it. (source) Imdb Says- The images were taken from old archives of photographs, and then treated ...


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From what I understand all the filming units are under the supervision of one single director (the one who is credited) who is shooting with the main unit that shoots the Westeros segments which constitute the bulk of the series. The main unit started off shooting in Northern Ireland, moved to Malta, and more recently are shooting in Croatia. The other units ...


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My best answer comes from an answer that was given to this same question in 2006: Adult Myers is introduced in the screenplay as a shape jumping on the back of Marion's car. Therefore, for script consistency, the term was used for the rest of the draft and eventually the series. Also, there is further explanation and links to the script here. ...


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Readability and Internationalization Movies are mostly produced on reels of film (few are digital). Physical film can degrade over time making it difficult to read numeric values. Some numbers will look exactly the same, for example the number 6 will become 5 when the film becomes old. Where as, roman numerals are easier to read when the film degrades. A ...


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Generally speaking it is not legal to cut any part of a film for broadcasting, but it is done when a legal contract states it's allowed. Most broadcast companies seek permission to do the following. Edit the film to adjust the viewing aspect ratio (example; "This film has been formatted to fit your television screen"). They can bleep or cut out scenes that ...


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It seems to be an amalgamation of agreements between the various guilds: the screen actors guilds, the screen writers guild, and directors guild. These aren't set in stone and there are many different variations to opening credits. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on the subject. Opening Credits on Wikipedia


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Johnny Ramone's wikipedia page states: In 2006, the remake of the horror film The Wicker Man was dedicated to Johnny Ramone's memory, as he was a close friend of the film's producer and star, Nicolas Cage



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