If you haven't handled turning over end roller credits before, we can help! We can provide you with an easy to use template to make sure your credits are entered efficiently and accurately. 

In order to ensure that end-roller credits are accurate, we have a simple specification and form for delivering the credits to us. We use this form to intake the credits into our proprietary software/workflow, which is designed to allow us to easily make changes to credits, even after we've formatted the entire roll (depending of course on the nature of the changes).

Click Here to for a downloadable template and other useful files.

What We Need From You:

We need to know the resolution(s) that you will be finishing in, such as 2048x1152 or 1920x1080, as well as your aspect ratio, and if you need to protect the full frame (the production's frame and focus chart is preferred). Also, the delivery format of the final frame sequence or QuickTime files.

The text file with the actual credits can be a simple tab-delimited text file, or a Word or Excel document, or OpenOffice. We have templates you can download which you can use in Microsoft Word, Excel or OpenOffice.

Preferred tabs for tab delimited files (i.e. a Word doc, OpenOffice, or plain text with tabs)::

  • For two columns (i.e. cast): Put one tab before the first column, and put two tabs *between* the first and second column.
  • For additional names for a title on a new line: Three tabs before the additional name.
  • For one column centered: Two tabs *before* the column.
  • For three or more columns: provide this as a single centered column, and we will spread it to multiple columns for you. It is easier this way to accommodate future changes.
  • No spaces before or after the job title or the name, please — only tabs.
  • For notes, please put a tab after the name, and then the note.

Preferred cells for spreadsheet files (i.e. an Excel or OpenOffice spreadsheet):

  • Leave spreadsheet column A empty.
  • For two column credits (i.e. cast names or crew): Use column B for the character name or crew job title, and use column D for the cast or crew member's name.
  • For titles to be centered, use column C.
  • For multi-column: provide this as a single column in C, and we will parse it to multiple columns for you. Allowing us to handle creating multi-columns helps when changes need to be made.
  • Put all notes in column E, such as indicating a clear field. We assume that everything listed in column E is not to be set in the final end credits on screen. 
Preferred Capitalization:
To avoid errors, it is preferred that capitalization be set using "Title Case" for roles and job titles, and "Name Case" for all names. Special characters such as umlauts "ü" should be incorporated in the file as well — we can assist here if there are questions regarding this. Normally, "Mc" and "Mac" are kept upper/lower, as in "McAdams". We will set the names as ALL CAPS depending on the overall format of the end roller.
 
An example tabbed file should be formatted as:
 
<tab>Rick<tab><tab>Humphrey Bogart<tab>notes if any<return>
<tab>Director of Photography<tab><tab>Arthur Edeson<return>
<tab>Grips<tab><tab>John McCoffee<return>
<tab><tab><tab>Fred LaFeve<return>
<tab><tab><tab>Cindy Johnson<return>
 
We will adjust the names to read "HUMPHREY BOGART" or "JOHN McCOFFEE" or "FRED LaFEVE"
 
Logos:
We have most common logos on hand, but any logos needed for your production should be provided with the initial text files, so that we can work them into the initial layout. The preferred format for all logos is as a vector formats such as EPS, Illustrator, or SVG. If a vector file is not available we can use TIFF or PNG provided the resolution is sufficient.
 
Font Selection:
Font selection is critical for both artistic reasons, and technical ones - artistically, we want a font that "feels right" and is appropriate for your film. Technically, the font needs to work well within the limitations of screen presentation. "2K" resolution is very limiting for any motion graphics, and this will drive font selection, such that the font should remain clear and clean on screen without artifacts and other issues. We will work with you to determining the best font choice, and this will include a series of tests so that you can view options at your DI house before making a final selection.
 
Handling Changes:
We expect you to have many drafts and changes along the way. If using Microsoft Word, set TRACKING CHANGES to ON, so we can track what has changed since a previous version was handed over to us.
 
Alternately, you can use the following format to indicate changes in a file versus a previous file:
  • When something is deleted, make it RED and STRIKETHROUGH (under the font style menu).
  • When something is added, make it BLUE and/or BOLD.
  • When something is moved, the old location is marked as deleted (red), and then the new location shows it as an add (blue).
  • Alternately for moved, you may use green strike through for the old location and green bold for the new. We are happy with either green green or red blue to show moved text as long as it's consistent.
This makes it clear to to the typesetter exactly what has changed.
 
When we create a typeset layout from a particular draft of yours, we only want to see what has changed since that draft. This means that all changes should be "accepted" (committed) before making new changes. We will discuss which versions we will be using to create layouts with you.
 
Draft Version Numbers:
It is important that we keep track of which versions were turned over to us and used for creation of a typeset layout, and indicate that a version is different from a previous version.
 
Your files should indicate a draft version, such as "MyMovie Credits Draft 06.doc" and this draft version number should be incremented every time a new version is sent to us.
 
When we create a new typeset layout, we will reference your draft version, but separately indicate our layout version, such as "MyMovie_EndRoll_dr06_v08" which indicates that we are using your draft 06, but this is our 8th typeset version for your film. Our version number will not match your draft number as you may provide notes or changes in-between your drafts, and we increment our version every time we render or send you a galley of particular version.
 
Sometimes we will clean up and provides corrections to your draft file for you as a courtesy, and send it back to you so that you can use it for further changes down the line. When we do, it will have the term "GT Cleaned" appended to your name such as "MyMovie Credits Draft 06 GTCleaned.doc". When you increment your draft number and add changes, please remove the term "GTCleaned" from the title of the file.
 
Questions?
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! We're here to help.
 
 

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