Saturday, March 2, 2013

Three Misconceptions about IMDB

First off let me say that I’m not an expert, nor have I ever worked for IMDB or know anyone who has. I’m simply a moviemaker that has submitted about 50 titles and hundred’s of cast and crew credits over the last ten years.

  1. You have to wait for the production company or producers to submit your acting or crew credit on a project. NOPE. While it is a good idea to wait a few weeks after a title goes live in order to give them a chance, it’s not necessary. Anyone can submit credits. You just go to the project listing, scroll down to edit page and add your credit. The only thing you need is the free IMDB account. Which brings me to number 2.
  2. You have to have IMDBPRO to submit credits. NOT A CHANCE. The only thing IMDBPRO is essential for listing is productions in early development. It doesn’t even help the likelihood of getting productions in active pre-productions listed. The only things that matter there are public interest, distribution and track record.
  3. It helps to vote for your own project or have cast/crew do so to help your rating. NO. It is not only morally questionable, it just doesn’t help. Let me give you an example of why. You have an indie production. On average there are between 20 and 100 cast and crewmembers. You talk them into giving the flick a high rating. They go overboard and you have like 50 ratings between 8 and 10. Now, unless your flick is truly on the same level as Citizen Kane or Godfather 2, that is crazy. Now your flick has an average rating of around 8 before it’s even released. Now a word on torrents (which I despise by the by). Torrents often get their movie info from IMDB including the rating. Many torrenters pick new movies to download based on these ratings. Then they download and watch your flick. Why should you even care about these thieves? Cause now they are pissed off they downloaded your 5 movie that was rated 10 and they are very vocal on IMDB. They also outnumber your crew and legit fans 10 to 1. (most likely). Now they’re voting your flick and undeserved 1 or 2 and because they outnumber those early high votes, IMDB’s system for weeding out ratings stacking starts to disqualify the odd number of high votes and you once 8 rated flicks is now 1.7, even though it might deserve a 4 to 6.

I was set to write five misconceptions but got really into an episode of The West Wing and left it at three.


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