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#1 Mei Lewis

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 04:33 AM

I occasionally have to design movie posters, but I've never known exaclty what to do about credits.
Posters often use the same sort of font and design language for the credits, but I can't figure out what order to list people in. Looking at loads of posters there's either no standard or a standard I can't guess!

It _ssems_ to go something like:

Actors (without character names

Lower ranking crew->
...
-> higher ranking crew
...
anding up with the director and the screenwriter perhaps.


There are other sentence fragments that are common, such as "... and introducing Alex Weybourne as Sparky the dog" and "A Film By Brendan Steveberg"

Anyone know the rules?
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 04:40 AM

I suspect the only rule is what's in each person's contract. Usually the cast order is outlined in their contracts and if they appear before/above the film's title.
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#3 Sam Eilertsen

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

I think the DGA and WGA have rules for this. On a non-union film however its kind of a free-for-all. I think usually it starts with production companies (such and such presents a so-and-so production) then the title in quotes, then actors, then below-the-line people like DOP, production designer and editor, the producers, writers, and director last.
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