If you haven't handled turning over end roller credits before, we can help! We are very experienced and can provide you with an easy to use template to make sure your credits are entered efficiently and accurately. Please contact us for the free templates.

In order to ensure that end roller credits end up on screen accurately, we have a simple specification for you to follow in delivering the credits to us. We use this form then to intake the credits into our proprietary software/workflow, which is designed to allow us to easily make changes to credits, even after we've formatted the entire roll (depending of course on the nature of the changes).

What We Need From You:

We need to know the resolution(s) that you will be finishing in, such as 2048x1152 or 1920x1080, as well as your aspect ratio and if you need to protect the full frame (the production's frame and focus chart is preferred). Also, the delivery format of the final frame sequence or QuickTime files.

The text file with the actual credits can be a simple tab-delimited text file, or a Word or Excel document, or OpenOffice. We have templates you can download which you can use in Microsoft Word, Excel or OpenOffice.

Preferred tabs for tab delimited files:
  • For two columns (i.e. cast): Put one tab before the first column, and put two tabs *between* the first and second column.
  • For additional names in two columns: Three tabs before the additional name.
  • For one column centered: Two tabs *before* the column.
  • For three or more columns: provide this as a single centered column, and we will spread it to multiple columns for you. It is easier this way to accommodate changes.
  • Note: No spaces before or after the job title or the name, please - only tabs.
Preferred cells for spreadsheet files (i.e. Excel or a Word doc with tables):
  • For two columns (i.e. cast): The first column in table two, and the second column in table three.
  • For one column: use table one.
  • For multi column: provide this as a single column, and we will parse it to multiple columns for you. 
Preferred Capitalization:
To avoid errors, it is preferred that capitalization be set in the document provided by production. The "typical" case setting is "Title Case" for roles and job titles, and "Name Case" for all names. Special characters such as umlauts "ü" should be incorporated in the file as well - we can assist here if there are questions regarding this. Normally, "Mc" and "Mac" are kept upper/lower, as in "McAdams". We will set the names as ALL CAPS depending on the overall format of the end roller.
 
An example tabbed file from you should be formatted as:
 
<tab>  Citizen Kane  <tab>  <tab>  Orson Wells  <tab>  notes if any  <return>
<tab>  Grips  <tab>  <tab>  John McCaine  <return>
<tab>  <tab>  <tab>  Fred LaFeve  <return>
<tab>  <tab>  <tab>  Cindy Johnson  <return>
 
We will adjust the names to read "ORSON WELLS" or "JOHN McCAINE" or "FRED LaFEVE"
 
Logos:
We have most common logos on hand, but any logos needed for your production should be provided with the initial text files, so that we can work them into the initial layout. The preferred format for all logos is as an EPS file, though we can accept other vector formats such as Illustrator, SVG. We can use TIFF or PNG provided the resolution is sufficient.
 
Font Selection:
Font selection is critical for both artistic reasons, and technical ones - artistically, we want a font that "feels right" and is appropriate for your film. Technically, the font needs to work well within the limitations of screen presentation. "2K" resolution is very limiting for any motion graphics, and this will drive font selection, such that the font should remain clear and clean on screen without artifacts and other issues. We will work with you to determining the best font choice, and this will include a series of tests so that you can view options at your DI house before making a final selection.