Comrades, did you know Amazon owns the Internet Movie Database (imdb)? Did you know that anyone, anywhere, can add inaccurate information to a cast or crew list, and no one can do anything about it? Did you know that the “star meter” ranking system has nothing to do with you, but rather the count for the films you have starred in?
Look at the full credits list for my film FIRECRACKER. There are half dozen people on that list that I’ve never heard of. None of those strangers actually worked on the film. But there they are. Clear as day for anyone who uses the imdb as a resource.
The imdb is not like Wikipedia, in that there are no officers patrolling the incoming data.
Try it. Add yourself as the 2nd grip for a Sharon Stone movie. Chances are it’ll be added. Then take a screen shot to “prove” you worked on a Sharon Stone movie. Now people will hire you. I wonder how long it’ll take someone from the Sharon Stone movie to notice that inaccurate credit and ask for its removal. Maybe never. And if they do request it, will someone at imdb or Amazon really care? Probably not.
Yet the Industry uses the imdb as if it were the end-all be-all of factual data—even if they change that data to suit themselves.
Then explore the “message boards” with comments from anonymous posters. It’s like a bathroom wall in an urban high school. Thank god for sites like imdb parent Amazon for making message board posters use their real name or screen name, and keeping track of lunatics. The imdb doesn’t do this. So you can sign in as a fake name and write something to praise or spoil your competition, or ex boyfriend, or ex boss, and no one can do anything about it.
Did you know that?
The imdb is a great resource for finding out the name of that movie so-and-so starred in; that you know you’ve seen or heard about, but just can’t remember what it was. It’s also a great resource for discovering new movies featuring actors you like to watch. Maybe you’re an aspiring filmmaker who has recently discovered an actor who inspires you, and now you want to watch all their movies. The imdb is a great place to start.