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Old July 15th, 2003, 09:01 AM   #31
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Thanks for the excellent explenation, Charles. It was ofcourse,
as you know, not an attack on you, the industry, the union or
anything else. It just looks so very strange to me because here
we haven't got anything that resembles that (not in any line
of business but perhaps the hospital or something).

I was/am "just" intrigued....

Thanks!
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Old July 15th, 2003, 09:18 AM   #32
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Charles, While watching the My Student episode of Scrubs I noticed that your name didn't appear in the credits. Is this standard pratice to include only the "top" people in the credits, top meaning the ones they feel contributed the most. How is that determined.
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Old July 16th, 2003, 12:06 AM   #33
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Anytime Rob, of course I took no offense. It's hard for me to remember my impressions when I was on the outside looking in--but then again, the union conditions have eroded considerably since those days (bummer for me!)

Brian:

Yes, I only got credited once every 12 or 15 episodes on a "revolving card" which changed weekly. The credits that are listed are a combination of contractual mandate, union requirements (there they go again!) such as the Director's Guild stipulation that the assistant directors have their own card, or the Screen Actor's Guild defining exactly what the minimum amount of time different actor's billings must appear on screen. My position has no such requirements, although I would have lobbied hard for such a thing had I returned this season.

It's still amazing to me that the first full feature I worked on, which was called "Squeeze" and was released by Mirimax in the mid-90's, had full screen individual credits for certain crew members, including myself. That's extremely rare, somewhat disconcerting!
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