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Credits for Film Projects

Credits are for acknowledging the creative and hard work that has been applied to the production, as well as the extra support and assistance that has been a part of the background effort of supporting the filmmaker as they produce the film.


Student and indie filmmakers carry many jobs! How do we credit this?
In short films, it's understood that "Film by ...." will mean that any activity that isn't listed in the credits, was done by the filmmaker. This might be activities like storyboard, design, script, editing, etc..

Ask collaborators and major contributors what title they want to receive in the credits. For example, a composer may prefer Music by ... or Score by...

If it's important to you that your major activities are specifically credited to you, then that's acceptable. In this instance, you might consider "Directed by ..." as your primary credit, and "Art Direction and Animation by ...." as a second credit. Even if you do this, it will still be assumed that anything not specifically credited was done by you, the Director.


In what order are credits placed?

  • The TIME for holding a frame of credits is usually NO SHORTER THAN 2 SECONDS, WITH AVERAGE BEING 2.5 - 3 SECONDS for a single major credit, like "Film by Person Name". A page with numerous credits might hold for 3.5 seconds.
  • ROLLING CREDITS are usually reserved for large crew accreditation. The timing is observed from the time a name appears at the bottom of the frame, till it arrives at the top. You should be able to read a few lines in that interval. If you're using this method, practice reading the credits and see if you can read at least three lines before they disappear.
  • The HIERARCHICAL ORDER of credits is usually based on two things:
    • the order of how people are in charge of a production duty or receiving supervision, with the most major roles coming first.
    • the order of how creative / technical roles take place in a production /post.
    • The DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER, and ART DIRECTOR are roles that are all major roles.
    • There is no rule that say you have to use single cards for the major roles.
    • be aware of your credits not lasting a long time for a short film! If it's lasting too long, consider collapsing individual credits into combinations. (there's a funny example of this in Bambi Meets Godzilla, by BC's own Marv Newland.



As an example, this order reflects a mix of hierarchies:

  • Film by Person Name
  • Music by Person Name
  • Produced by Person Name
  • Art Direction by Person Name
  • Vocal Actors, indicating the role and then the actor, or in the other order

These credit cards might include multiple credit activities, and also indicate hierarchy.

  • Art Direction by ....
  • Edited by ....
  • Sound Design by ....
  • Cinematography by ....
  • Assistant Animation by ....
  • Modeling and Texturing by ....
  • Clean-Up and Colour by ....
  • Sound Mix Engineer, Person Name, Studio Name


What about sound effects and other sounds that I found in a collection?
First, you always want to be 100% certain that you have the rights to use these. Depending on where you find them, there should be clear information about this. If not, then you need to research it or use something else.

Database and website services with non-commercial use agreements should be credited if they request this. If they don't, it's your call. If individual sound artists have requested credit when their sounds are used in publicly released projects, you can determine how to do that. A paragraph listing of all the sound artists may be one way to do this.

Your student film is considered non-commercial, even if it wins cash awards at festivals.


SPECIAL THANKS is very important for your Emily Carr film, and comes at the end, before your last ECU logo closing card. Consider it good karma to acknowledge people, groups, services, businesses, friends, and family that have provided some kind of support and assistance, but didn't work specifically on your film. Examples include helping you out with feedback, technical support, skill building, donations of equipment, space or money.

As a student, you're receiving quite a bit of support from your classmates, particularly the students that are in production courses focused on the project you've undertaken. Consider how to say thank you to your peers.

It's also considered usual and polite to include a thank you to the faculty who mentored you through the project, and technical support staff that have put in their attention and time to help you out. This is one important way that faculty and staff receive a "thank you" from a student filmmaker.

SPELLING is very important! Make very, very sure that you spell everyone's names correctly. A good way to do this is to have that person check their own name spelling. Create a document with your credits, then email it to everyone and have them check it over, and correct their name if it is wrong.

ECU Graphics for Film Credits Use

Emily Carr University of Art + Design needs to be recognized in the final credits of the film. The university has specifics about it's proper naming and its graphics. By having this as part of your film, it helps to publicize our program by being associated with your great film!

Rules of Use: ECU Graphics for Film Credits


  • OPTION 1: Your can add "Produced at" or "Made at" above the Emily Carr logo. You can write your text in whatever font you choose. If you want to be consistent with the ECU font, it is Freight Sans Pro, available through Adobe CC
  • OPTION 2: Use the ECUAD logo only. The scale is up to you, but needs to be graphically and reasonably visible.
  • RULES, GRAPHIC LOGO PROTECTION: The Emily Carr graphic logo with text must not be changed or adjusted in any editorial manner, other than general scale adjustments of the entire graphic. This prohibition includes any self-designed version of the spiral, as well as any animated re-representation.
  • Place the logo at the end of your film. Hold on screen for 3 seconds. Fade-in/fade-out is recommended. You may wish to place the logo before your final copyright.


  • Here is a VISUAL GUIDE for SIZE and PLACEMENT of your logo. This is not a high-quality production-ready file. This is here for you to use as a reference, so that all films have consistent use of the logo.
ECULogoSingleFrameSizeReference.png


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These are the ECU GRAPHICS available for use. PNG is recommended. Click on the graphic to go to the original resolution image for download.


Ownership Identification

As the creator of your film, you are the owner by default, with or without a copyright or licensing identifier on your film. You are not required to place this kind of information on your student film project, but you should clearly be credited as the maker, using your legal or professional name.

Traditional copyright

A traditional copyright indicates that all rights are held by you as the filmmaker, and when the project was publicly released. You can apply this just as the information at the end of your film, or also pay a fee and file this information with the government. Both are valid.

The traditional placement for copyright information is at the very end of the film's credits, usually on a single card by itself.

Legal and traditional copyright identification requires your full legal name and the year, alongside the copyright symbol.

  • ©Your Name (and) year

example: © Barbara Knowles 2016


Creative Commons (CC) culture licenses
If you like the opportunities in sharing creative work, there's a contemporary licensing method through this organization. They provide a system that supports various levels of sharing, with a clear and established set of parameters and graphic icons that indicate what choices the artist has made.
A good reason to include CC identification is so that other people like yourself can be sure that the artist has given their permission to use their material.
Creative Commons is a culture-sharing approach, and you choose how you want to allow the use of your materials, and place CC icons on that work to let people know. Non-tangible work, like sound, would have this in the website hosting the sound files.

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As an example, these icons indicate in this order: 1, that it is using Creative Commons; 2, that it can be used freely for cultural use; and 3, that it may not be used for commercial use.


Lastly, film festivals want to know the year your film is released, and the placement of the copyright information is part of that proof.


Legal Identification
According to Canadian copyright law, you do not have to place a copyright symbol on your work in order for it to be considered owned by you. However, it is strongly advised that you do place this information at the end of your film if you are open to having a distributor contract it for sales, video-on-demand, or educational rentals. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also register your work with the Canadian Intellectual Property Offices. This is the ultimate method for legal protection in a court of law (hopefully you will never be in that situation!)


Copyright Problems
Problems occur if you've included materials that were not created by you, and for which you haven't obtained permission to use. You can't release your film publicly unless you clear those permissions. Make sure that information is listed in your film credits. An example of this going badly is seen in this animation filmmaker's first independent feature.