Credits: (n) a listing of those who create a film
Let me give you a really quick clue on a way to identify a shitty film:
Any movie that has many, many credits rolling BEFORE the action begins—or especially before you even see the title—Is a piece of doo-doo on celluloid.
You can tell because you realize they had too many meetings discussing who would get credit, how it would be phrased, how it should be presented, and in what order it could be placed on the screen, instead of sitting around trying to make a better flick.
The greatest problem with art is that it becomes quite ugly and loses all beauty as those who are trying to push themselves forward insist on struggling to the front of the line.
If a motion picture has more than one director, more than one company, more than one producer and more than one cinematographer, generally speaking, someone is trying to bullshit someone else to gain power, instead of putting the work in on crafting something entertaining and inspirational.
That’s why when you see a great film they get you into the setting as quickly as possible instead of rolling fifty names in front of your face, which frustrates you because you have to remember what movie you’re actually watching.
I have been a part of making some independent films, and I will tell you:
The simpler, the better
- The director should have a name.
- The writer should have a name.
- And the cinematographer and editor should have names.
And preferably, one name for each category, so that egos can get out of the way and the possibility for great storytelling can unfold.
Ironically, movies with lots of credits normally don’t deserve any credit.