Post by Trai
So I generally leave him in the theater to pay homage and I run for the ladies’ room. But lately, he hasn’t remained behind to watch the credits. When I asked him why, it became a rather involved conversation.
David: Do you remember the credits in movies from the 1940’s? They’d put everyone on title cards at the beginning, and it’d be about 30 people total. The costumers were up front with the stars, the set designers with the directors.
Me: Yes, everyone was equal, with Elizabeth Taylor being more equal because her name came even before the movie’s title. Why do you suppose that changed?
David: When the movie studios stopped being the power holders, budgets changed, and then stars and agents started looking for more ways to be viewed as powerful.
Me: In other words, the above-the-liners got the prime real estate at the front of the movie credits, and all the lowly crewmen who did their hair or stocked the craft table got bumped to the back of the line.
Me: I used to stay to see our friends’ names in the credits. It was cool to see Josh as Assistant Editor or Shanice in the stunt department.
David: Why’d you stop?
Me: Because the credits got ridiculously long! I mean, with all the CGI that goes into movies, the credits have hundreds, if not thousands of names.
David: I remember when they first start compensating for these epic credit rolls -- first they reduced the font. Then they created multiple columns.
Me: And then they speeded it up so you can barely read the names as they go blazing by.
David: Hollywood wants to know why it’s not making any money? Because it takes a small city to make a single movie.
Me: So let’s make a statement. Let’s only go see movies made by 100 people or less.
David: I’m in. Except for the new Leo DiCaprio movie. And the Harry Potter movies.
Me: Okay. And that new Angelina Jolie movie looks good. I heard she did her own stunts.
David: We’ll have to watch the credits to find out.
Do you stay behind to watch the credits? Why or why not?