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Who Deserves The Most Credit For A Good Movie?

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It puzzles my mind each time I watch a good movie as to who deserves the credit of the good work. Is it the Writer, the Actor, the Cameraman or the Director? If you already know, please tell me.

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The writer seems like the obvious choice, but it's not really that logical. Cinema is different from literature--in any number of films, you might see up to five or six people with writing credits at the end. You might see a writer credited alongside with someone who originated an idea (a lot of book/comic book/television show adaptations are like this) and so on. Scripts are constantly revised by actors, directors, producers and so on as well.

Writers do come up with an initial idea, but a movie isn't like a book where it's the writer's talent with words that makes you love the story and feel attached to the characters. Scripts have very little in the way of stage direction. There's not much in the way of emotional descriptions, like there is in a book that goes into depth about the characters. The person that gives a film its unique feel and brings the characters and atmosphere to life is the director. It's the director's choice of camera angles, lighting, acting style, set design etc. that all comes together to turn a script into a vision. Just my opinion.

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Seun, you finally caved in? Quite unusual, I'd comment. Hope you embrace Christianity too.

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Seun , the first time wey i see you give in. may be that was so '06.

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Writers are important, to be sincere. They deserve more praise. Without good writers, the others can't do their jobs.

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If Things Fall Apart was adapted into a movie and it was hailed as one of the best movies of all times, guess what? The writer of course, would still get the biggest applause, because, were it not for him, the novel would not have seen the light of the day.

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But the inventor is not necessarily the most important person in a manufacturing company. Who invented Omo?

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if movie were to be considered as an invention who would hold the patent? the Writer. Making of a movie starts at the conceptualization of an idea. The thinker, or the writer makes movies happen.

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@TerraCotta - Word!

When i was watching the Oscars, my favorite part was when the best original script was presented. Each film clip was shown with the presenters reading parts of the clips to show how it came to life. . .Yeah the magic of film making. . .i got goosebumps just watching that part.

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i'll rather give the credit to them all. . cos it's kind of a team work in which the failure of an individual is the team's failure, so they all deserve it!!

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They ALL do! one person CAN'T make a good movie!

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The director is a good pick, but i would go with the writers its them that write rubbish or a good movie, just like most of the nollywood script, the directer has no choice but to stick with it, So the writers are like the backbone of a movie

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Without being biased, and going by the threads posted by the various contributors, I will give my own credit to the WRITER. I write a little, at least I have two unpublished books to my credit. Friends, it's not damm easy to write a good story, be it true or fictitious. So the man or woman who sat down and wrote a story, and some people 'just' directed or acted the script, to me deserves the credit. Not forgetting the fact that without Mr A or B, the film wouldnt have come out the way it came out anyway.

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Well i dont know about who 'deserves' the credit but i know the director usually gets the props in hollywood.Thats why u see that when they say 'A Martin Scorsese film' it means 'directed by martin scorsese'. BUT out here in Nigeria,if they say 'a Bayowa film' it means 'produced by Bayowa'. BUT!!!!!!! There are some directors that write,cos i also deeply admire the writer,eg.Steven Spielberg & my favorite,the master of gore himself;Quentin Tarantino.

(Sorry if i've gone off topic)

BUT!!! JUST INCASE U DIDNT KNOW,i watched National geographic a few days back & there was a feature focused on author Dan brown's 'Da Vinci code'.

Investigations were made & it was found that The 'Priory of Sion'  does not exist,Christ never had sex with Magdalene & they never had a daughter & the book is just a fiction with a few evidences but no proof.Messed up aint it?

Dan brown aint no true historian,just a heretic money maker.

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Well the Producer is like the Chairman of a company, has got the money to hire this other guys to make a movie, sure deserves some credit.

But methinks the scriptwriter or perhaps the author of a book being adapted into the movie (Harry Porter, Lord of the rings, The Godfather) in the actual fact is the originator and inventor of the movie, so deserves much more credit.

The directors also should be given a lot of credits as stated by members above, same for cameramen, costume designers and other production crews.

However in the real world the ACTORS get the most credit and most celebrated in the movie industries, You can check categories in the Oscars and Golden globe awards.

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The producer is definitely a good choice, since the financing and assembling of talent is arranged by them, but from an artistic standpoint, the director is responsible for making or breaking a film. S/he guides the actors, supervises the cinematographers, translates the writer's script from a written document into a visual product, works with the editor to put the scenes together in post-production, and tries to make sure that the project stays within the budget set by the producer. Many casual film-goers might not be aware of it, but directors are the invisible hands that craft a successful film.

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all of them i suppose

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The writer of the movie, for their creativity.

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the originator of the idea- writer deserves more credite than anybody

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A good movie must have an excellent story, good acting, and a good picture. The Writer, Director Of Photography, Sound Director, Editor and Actors all contribute to the movie, but they are all cordinated by the director.

However, before we throw our praise at the feet of directors, let us remember that there's someone responsible for:

a) Obtaining a good script.

b) Hiring a good director.

c) Raising money so the director can do his job.

d) Supervising the work of the director.

If we must throw our praises at the feet of one person, I think it should be the above person: The Producer!!

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no movie will come out right without all the people. but i guess in the end its the director that decides how the viewers see the movie. it still puzzles me how a director that cant speak a lick of English direct an all American movie.

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I will say THE PRODUCER, there are lots of writers out there, good writers but their story is doing nothing in the bottom of their wardrope.  A Producer makes a movie happens and like Seun said he employs the good Director that brings the movie to screen. WITHOUT producers there will be no HOLLYWOOD. That is why producers get the biggest slice of the pie. Thats my opinion.

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