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I have been an IMDB member since 2006. I have been attempting to add all of my credits to my page for years. I have all but one completed. One credit has eluded posting for years despite numerous attempts to list. It is as a National Guardsman uncredited extra in The Blues Brothers.
Four requests to resolve this issue were made before your history system was in place. Requests that you do have records of are  130912-204742-017000, 080128-234004-532000, 080128-234004-532000, 080108-043332-459000. A recent e-mail was sent to you including a screen grab of how I would like my listing to look. The screen grab is of an actor, Bill Telfer, who was a National Guardsman uncredited extra like me. We ran across Daley Plaza fourteen times a day for four days side by side. He was my brother in law back then and he was the one who arranged our participation as extras. I am adding the screen grab to this notice so that you may see how I would like my listing to look. My most recent request to correct this initiated a response saying that my listing has been corrected and that I should verify this. It was not changed in any form. I replied to their request for verification but have still not received a correction. I realize that I will not get a credit for the all the years that I have paid for something I have not gotten. I would simply like the listing added correctly. Please respond.
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John: Are you able to get a screen shot or clip (or more than one of them) showing yourself clearly visible and recognizable on screen in The Blues Brothers?
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I was in the the second deuce and a half truck to pull into Daley Plaza. I was the tallest National Guardsman extra there. A photo of me taken in between takes, in costume, on set in Daley Plaza is already on my IMDB page. The photo was taken by my brother in law, Bill Telfer, who has his credit on IMDB correctly. Included is another copy.
Did Bill Telfer have to provide this kind of info to get his listing on IMDB? Did anyone back when I started trying to get this credit on IMDB? Please just list the credit correctly. That is all I have been asking for the years that I have been paying to have this done without it getting done.

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John: To be precise, IMDb is going to be looking for a screen shot which actually shows you as seen on screen in the film. To qualify for a cast listing in IMDb, you either have to be listed in the film's credits, or if you were uncredited, you must have been clearly identifiable and featured on screen. See http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?uncreditedcredits, especially paragraph 6.
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Once again I will state that these rules were not in place when I began my legitimate query to have this listing added. This run around is unwarranted. I have been paying for this service and have clearly not been getting what I have been paying for. Since you are not even coming close to providing "satisfaction", I would like to request this situation be referred to a supervisor to provide satisfaction or a complete refund for all timely payments that I have made for years of delays and misguidance. I only want a fair listing as hundreds of actors have gotten without having to provide forensic evidence of being in a movie. To be precise, you are going out of your way to make this difficult. It would have been much less effort expended to just give me my due.
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Once again I will state that these rules were not in place when I began my legitimate query to have this listing added. This run around is unwarranted. I have been paying for this service and have clearly not been getting what I have been paying for. Since you are not even coming close to providing "satisfaction", I would like to request this situation be referred to a supervisor to provide satisfaction or a complete refund for all timely payments that I have made for years of delays and misguidance. I only want a fair listing as hundreds of actors have gotten without having to provide forensic evidence of being in a movie. To be precise, you are going out of your way to make this difficult. It would have been much less effort expended to just give me my due.
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Just to be clear, I don't work for IMDb and I have no influence over whether you get listed for this film or not. I am just a contributor who visits the Get Satisfaction IMDb page and tries to advise people who have questions.
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Just a note, paying for IMDb Pro does not change how requests for credits are accepted or rejected.  Either they qualify or they don't.  I doesn't seem like yours qualifies, but that's up to staff. 

The Help area page reads "For cast/acting appearances, you must be identifiable and featured on-screen in the final released cut of the film," bold emphasis is theirs, not mine.

It also states:


Some important notes:

  • Uncredited work can be removed at any time. We periodically revise and adapt these criteria and reserve the right to retroactively restrict our eligibility rules for uncredited work.
So, regardless, if you'd have had it accepted originally, it could've been removed since then anyway.

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Will these suffice?
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It still does not prove you appeared, recognizable, on screen, so maybe not.  But I'd suggest re-submitting (can you re-open the most recent submission and send it again?) and posting the new submission ID number.  Extras, not recognizable on screen, are not generally accepted though.
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bluesmanSF - "Extras, not recognizable on screen, are not generally accepted though."? But Bill Telfer was accepted. So by saying what has been said here, I may have set up Bill Telfer for having his credit removed? He would be no more recognizable on screen than me. I don't want him to get his credit taken away. That would be even less fair than me not getting a credit like his. He is there only because he submitted his request years ago before imdb got so picky about something that they should be happy to share. This is all so unfair. I have spent YEARS trying to get one little line of credit added for something I did 35 years ago. I don't know how to re-open my recent submission and send it again. It took me a half hour just to get back to this thread. Jeez, I feel older for having just typed this paragraph. Very unfair.
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Not being eligible and pointing to another page doesn't help. Kind of like getting pulled over for speeding and pointing out a car going faster expecting to get out of a ticket...


Of course it's not up to me. Would they not then need to be fair and list all extras? How then would they be able to verify, if everyone asking for credit are not identifiable? Are they to listed hundreds if not thousands of credits on a film's page by taking peoples' word?


Keep in mind, the primary function of the site is documenting on screen credits.


I can't see how failing at talking them into doing extra work that will possibly damage tbeir reputation regarding accuracy is at all "unfair."


I bope they list it for you. It would be cool. But keep in mind they'd be making an exception to do so.


Good luck.
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