Where’s Our Credits

I was watching a movie earlier this week and after it ended the credits came rolling in. Usually, I will take this as a cue to turn the movie off, but I was feeling extra sluggish at the moment so I just laid there.

Now sometimes you’ll find yourself watching the credits to see who a certain actor was, or to listen to the song that is playing, or to see whatever bonus footage is coming after, but this was not one of those times. This time it was just from the lack of motivation to get up. So I laid there staring at the screen and reading the rolling credits. Now the big names came first of course, and then the entire list of actors. Then we got into the more behind the scenes and technical positions and then also in the mix I saw some of the more menial and obscure jobs. They listed everything. Every single worker who did something got credit for their work shown to the millions of people watching. Even the person who holds the boom microphone gets a nod. How hard is that? Who can’t hold a boom mic? I guess it can’t be too easy since I’ve heard that the boom mic makes numerous appearances in the recent flop of a movie called “The Happening,” but still it can’t be too hard. I’m sure that person must have been fired after anyway.

These hundreds of people making these movies, no matter how well the film turns out get credit at the end. They can go and watch their movies with everyone they know and say, “Look, it’s my name! I told you I worked on this. I am awesome!” Whether they did a great job or a really bad job, their name will be plastered on their work. I see it as a form of motivation. Everyone will know you did this, so you better do a good job or else you should climb in your closet, lock the door, and live in shame.

So why did this grand acknowledgment of workers end up on just movies? Why isn’t it present in other working fields. What not put the workers names on the hamburger wrappers at McDonald’s? You would be accountable for your burgers and maybe even get a little fan base. Imagine getting a burger and having your friends be jealous because of the awesome crew on the wrapper credits. “Oh man, that’s awesome! You got a double cheeseburger made by John “the beef” Stein! He’s the best!” The customer feels like they won a prize and John Stein remains proud and appreciated. The McDonald’s itself could even start to hold awards voted on by the customers.

If only we could do this at DDA. I guess I’ll just have to keep pointing and having people believe me. But for others here it is hard to just point at what they did. How can Jess point at how great her search engine optimization was? We should just add a scrolling credits page to everyone’s website. It could look like this:

www.websitenamehere.com

A DDA Production

Credits
Boss Man ……………………………… David
Boss Lady …………………………….. Elizabeth
Project Manager …………………… Elise
Concept Design …………………….. Mick
Lead Designer ……………………… Carrie
Designers …………………………….. Judy, Melissa
Writers ………………………………… Laura, Toni, Steve
Lead Programmer ……………….. Amy
Programmers ………………………. Tyler, Reggie
Videography ………………………… Laurence
Video Editing ……………………….. Jake
Photography ……………………….. Andrew
Flash Programming …………….. Vinnie
Flash Animation ………………….. Rob
Debt Collections ………………….. Paul
SEO …………………………………….. Jess
Task Master ……………………….. Crystal
Actor’s Host ………………………… Debbie
Furry Dog ……………………………. Indie

Now imagine all that scrolling with Hanson’s “Mmmmm Bop” playing in the background. Hahaha!