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Movie Director Credits
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Posted November 21 2012 - 06:23 AM
I know, directors have egos. Presidential hopefuls have egos. I have an ego. You have an ego. But, you know, I grow offended by the credits these highly-paid people demand. I have been watching the new Criterion Blu-ray of HEAVEN'S GATE, and saw the not uncommon separate credit "Written By Michael Cimino" followed by a producer credit, and then then by "Directed By Michael Cimino." Does this man consider himself to be god? Why can't we have a combined credit, as we had on many earlier films, saying "Written and Directed By Michael Cimino"? Does every single task performed by the man require a separate credit? On top of this, many films also include a credit reading, "A Film By..." followed by the name of the director. No, sorry. Can't buy that. This is a "film by" many hundreds of people, if not thousands. Had the credit read "A Film Directed By..." it would be more acceptable. Don't the countless people who contributed so much to a given film feel really resentful when they see that credit line? Film people are well-compensated, and if they do well, they are treated to endless award nominations and publicity, the positive attention of which few of the rest of us hard-working (for MUCH less money) receive. Most of us hardly get a proverbial pat on the back from our employers, regardless of our talent for the job. Yet these Hollywood folk have these astronomical egos that need to be stroked constantly even though they mostly make more money in a month than the rest of us earn in a lifetime. I am good at my job. I win no awards. My earnings place me at the near-poverty level. I am jealous, and I admit it. But also angry. Movie theater ticket prices are way out-of-line in part because certain actors are demanding 20 million dollar paychecks for a few month's work, and no studio is willing to tell them, "Enough is enough. We are capping salaries at a half-million in order to keep ticket prices down." (Can you imagine yourself being "capped" at a half a million for four month's work? I will wait in line for that!) There has to be solidarity, but no studio alone is willing to stand up the the Tom Cruise's and Will Smith's. Regarding director credits, I personally would love to see Michael Bay and his ilk flame out with two or three complete financial misfires, as unlikely as that seems (in other words, knock this arrogant f***er off his pedestal), but he is just one example among many who I feel have not earned the artistic credits they insist upon. Michael Cimino flamed out with HEAVEN'S GATE, a movie I like but don't love, and his career hasn't recovered since. I say: good... he's not nearly as talented as he thinks he is. Steven Bach's book FINAL CUT (and the film based upon it) are very specific about how an egomaniacal director can, after one enormous critical success (THE DEER HUNTER), become a self-appointed guru. I say it's time to credit truly talented people for that they do, and down-play the "work" done by hack directors who have so little true talent that they have to fall back on sequel after sequel to make their money. And stop saying " A Film By..." unless you are the only person involved in the production of the movie!
Posted November 21 2012 - 07:38 AM
I agree. I do think some guys earn that "A Film By..." credit by putting a very unique vision up onscreen and even then it's still with the help of hundreds of other people but those directors are very few and far between. As a horror movie fan, it seems like every horror movie made today has to have the "A Film By *blah blah*" when it should say "A Film By Someone You've Never Heard Of Who Isn't All That Talented".
And stop saying " A Film By..." unless you are the only person involved in the production of the movie!
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