CONTENT vs. CREDITS
For FSUFILM productions, title and credits are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. This can be divided between Lead Titles and End Credits but combined together their length is not to exceed 60 seconds. This allotted time includes the Logo card and the Copyright card at the end of the credits, each of which must run for two seconds each.
Titles and credits that run over picture or audio that is not “advancing the narrative” will count toward your 60 seconds for titles and credits. Titles and credits that run over picture or audio that is “advancing the narrative” will count toward your Content time.
Remember that the primary purpose of credits is to credit that people which contributed to the creation of the film. Content time is for story, credit time is for credit. Any questions will be left to the discretion of the directing and editing faculty.
Every show must adhere to the following policies:
- There can be no visual changes made to the FSUFILM leader.
- There can be no possessive credits (“A Film by Me”) or production company credits. Only FSU makes these films.
- Students must use their real names and are not permitted to take their name off a film, unless otherwise approved by the Dean.
- Whenever possible, students who do more than one job should have their name listed once with all jobs in one place.
- Only ATL crew, actors, and the title may have single cards. Everyone else should be in groups, listed efficiently to be legible but not lengthy.
- Special Thanks:
- Use real names, not nicknames or terms like Mom & Dad.
- If you wish to thank faculty or staff members, rather than singling out individuals, use the more inclusive: “College of Motion Picture Arts Faculty and Staff.”
- For production cycles that ran a Spark fundraising campaign, include a general thank you to “Spark Donors” in every film. You may additionally thank individual donors, if you have a special relationship with them and would like for them to be able to see their name on screen.
- Thanking a deity of any sort is not permitted. The State does not hold a religious affiliation, so FSU cannot thank any God or Gods.
- There can be no dedicating the film to someone. Again, as FSU films, only the school may dedicate a film to someone. Students may thank people in the “Special Thanks” section.
Simple title cards can be made within Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro, but more advanced animation or motion graphics can be created in After Effects (or equivalent software). Any credit not made inside the picture editing software needs to be delivered as a DPX sequence, 1920x1080px in resolution, running at 24fps. Please ask the Post Staff if you have any questions about this process.
While every production’s titles and credits are slightly different, the general order goes:
- FSUFILM Leader
- Lead Titles
- Content (Story)
- End Credits