Writer’s Workshop: Riffing on “final”

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I’ve finally decided that Evernote (the company) is falling apart and that I need to move elsewhere, and unfortunately that’s over to OneNote. Having made the choice, however, Microsoft is starting to make me regret it. I’ve launched into technical diatribes here before, but I’ll spare you the details. Suffice it to say, that’s why I’m kind of late with this post.

Anyway…

We’re finally getting some fall weather here. It was 94° yesterday, today it’s about ten degrees cooler. It’s a beautiful day with nary a cloud in the sky. I like that.

Final is one of those words that usually denotes something is at an end, like when we talk about the final score of a sporting event or a final exam at the end of a class. There’s something that’s just so… well, final about it. It’s the period at the end of the sentence, the big THE END at the end of the book. Ain’t no more coming, folks; that’s all she wrote. Roll the credits, we’ve told the story, you’re probably sitting there finding all your things so you can leave the theater.

I feel badly for all the people who are credited at the end of a movie, because without them, there wouldn’t have been a movie to watch. I found this list of jobs that get credited at the end of a movie, whose names and occupations are shown in the little letters that you can barely read off the screen. You might say, “well, who cares?” I care. I care who did all those jobs. They probably lost a few nights’ sleep while they were busy doing the makeup, or the lighting, or designing costumes, or doing the cinematography, the audio, writing the score, or any of the hundred or so jobs that went into making that idea someone had a reality. Listing their name at the end of the movie seems like such an inconsequential thing, but it wasn’t inconsequential to them. And sure, they got paid (quite handsomely in some cases) for plying their trade, but they deserve some recognition besides the paycheck.

So, the next time you’re at a movie, stay the extra ten minutes and watch the credits to the end, as a way to say “thank you” to everyone who brought the movie to you.

8 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Riffing on “final”

  1. I think my hubby enjoys the credits at the end of a movie more than he enjoys the movie – especially old movies. Those people worked for those credits and should be noticed. In some of the old movies, it is interesting to note an actor or actress get second billing, yet they eventually made it to stardom.

    I went back to Microsoft Word. Even though I pay for it, it’s worth it.

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    1. In the older movies, they’d do all the credits at the beginning, both for the cast and the crew, and I don’t think they recognized everyone. It takes a whole lot of people to put a movie together, which is why I’m happy they’re doing all the credits at the end, even though most people won’t stay and watch them. Another good reason to sit through all the credits is that sometimes they add a song that wasn’t in the movie.

      It’s interesting to see some of those very early performances. One of Lucille Ball’s first movie appearances was in a Three Stooges short; Raymond Burr’s was in a Marx Brothers movie; and Donald Sutherland’s very first was in a movie called “Die! Die, My Darling!” with Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers. On the TV side, I don’t remember Gavin MacLeod before The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but he was in a lot of shows before that. I saw him in a very early episode of “Man With A Camera” with Charles Bronson, and he was in epsodes of Andy Griffith, Get Smart, and Hogan’s Heroes. My favorite, though, was Phil Silvers’s first role on-camera, in a short where he played a tailor. Must have been in the early days of talkies…

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  2. I feel bad for those people, too, because they’re the real MVPs!

    I almost chose this prompt, but then I ran out of time and didn’t get an entry in for this week. I hope to do better in the future! But I have a post up for tomorrow, so there’s that.

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    1. I think Kat’s pretty loose about deadlines. There aren’t that many of us doing WW, which is kind of a shame. Guess it’s time to try promoting it again…

      I think one of the reasons I care so much about the credits of a movie is because one of my cousins worked for a catering company who catered a lot of movies, and occasionally he’d get a credit. It made me realize that the crew works three times as hard for less than a third of the credit.

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  3. I recently watched some food themed movies that were so fun…
    And on one of them I did watch the credits – the music was good and the movie was a bit of a cliffhanger so I was thinking for a moment about what happens he – does he give her the bottle of Campa cola – does the couple make it?
    Anyhow – as the credits scrolled I was reminded of how many folks made it happen – as you wrote about here –
    and even film companies sometimes combine efforts and you are right –
    Cannot forget the team!!

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