Supporting roles

Film credits that roll down the screen at movie’s end don’t get enough credit. The number of folks required for a two-hour product is astounding, suggesting it takes a lot of people working together, even if the result is just so-so.

I particularly enjoy reading the actors’ roles that are too minor for a real name but have a part in it:

“Redcoat #2,” “Humming Woman,” “Child in Stroller.”

The music credits are fun, too, because jazz, rock ‘n roll, swing and classic musicians probably didn’t know they’d be getting together to be a new thing, the film score.

I wonder why film producers put this cool info at the end and roll the credits so fast.

Art imitates life I guess.


About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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2 Responses to Supporting roles

  1. Anne Husa says:

    Will and I always stay to the end of the credits. Directors like to put things in them that you wouldn’t expect. 🙂 Yes there are so many people that work on a film and I think its required that all of their names are listed, even if you are the coffee runner. Besides people like to see their name in lights. I think the reason why the move so fast is because they have to keep a film to a certain time frame.

  2. N Portillo says:

    I like reading movie credits when the film is good or when the movie is filmed in our hometown.

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