Back-to-back productions as exceptions in Archive Footage

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Archive footage section in cast guidelines fails to reflect the fact that there are case-to-case exceptions which one might logically assume to be archive footage in a standard definition, but which are actually not. Exceptions usually apply to back-to-back productions in cases of which footage was intended through the course of production to be included in two titles (or more). Another exception are roles crafted mostly from archive footage, but having at least one previously unseen sequence, on which actor actually worked. Many cases are both. 

Some cases which are listed cosidering this fact include:
Some cases which are listed largely ignoring this fact include:
  • Technically, considering productions were simultaneous and for all purposes intended to share some of the footage, in Drácula (1931) Geraldine Dvorak, Dwight Frye, Bela Lugosi, Cornelia Thaw and Dorothy Tree should retain "(uncredited)" attribute and additional information given in role field, but should not have "(archive footage)" as, unlike The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Storm Breaker (1925) (footage from which was re-used, as well), Dracula (1931) was a simultaneous production, largely corresponding with the Spanish version;  
  • Bela Lugosi's role in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) was comprised from shots initially filmed for a different production, but since continuation of said production never came to fruition it could be argued that larger production of Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) assimilated a smaller one in Ed Wood's chaotic work schedule. Alternatively, unfinished movie could/should be added to database as its own entity, however that would contradict some of the existing cases of assimilated productions. Main example of the latter is Cyborg (1989), which has "Spider-Man" and "Masters of the Universe 2" amongst alternate, working titles because on the studio level these two existing productions were combined to produce the movie when licensing deals for characters fell through in both cases. 
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Hi Nikolay -

Thanks for your feedback and comments on the current documentation for Archive Footage credit guidelines.  I have filed a ticket for the requested guideline updates to be reviewed and updated accordingly, as soon as I have a status on the completion of these updates I will let you know here.
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Great thanks, Michelle! 
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Yeah, I was thinking about this when I saw the following some months ago:



https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527338/
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Oswald, that is definitely one of those borderline cases, among with Game of Death (1978), which assimilates an unfinished movie with Bruce Lee, otherwise not included in the database.