Giving People Credit

Star Wars Credits


One of the amazing things about filmmaking is how it’s such a collaborative effort, with artists from a wide range of disciplines working together.

And unlike most endevours, it’s completely obvious who has been involved by looking at the credits at the end of the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens even George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, got a credit. To be fair, he played a large part in bringing the production to the UK, but it serves to highlight how thorough the credits are.


There are some other places where all the team members are properly recognised. I’ve been a fan of the Kickstarter ‘about page’ through all its incarnations. You’ll find everyone on there, not just the CEO and management team.

Kickstarter Team

And even a nice little note of gratitude at the bottom for past employees.

Kickstarter Alumni


Some founders and companies are really bad at giving anyone else credit - avoid them if possible. You can tell a lot about a company by looking at their about page.

For many artists, being recognised for their work is one of the most important things. Over their lives, they’re looking to amass a body of work that they’re proud of. Not giving these people credit isn’t good for anyone.