The Invisible Actor, Writer, Producer...

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Several of the films I have been involved in, over the past year, do not show my credit (actor, Writer, Producer) I have followed ALL of the guidelines, and multiple producers have tried to add me, but cannot get this resolved. I recently Produced a short film ("Cue the Background") ALL of the other credits I submitted went in... except mine. Last night I received a call from the Supervising Producer of the short film "The Power of Love" that I wrote, and was produced... again, ALL of the other credits were listed, except mine. What is happening? Did I do something wrong? I would REALLY love to get this resolved, but don't know what to do or where to turn. Can you please help?
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Whatever the reason for this (it might be some problem has caused your name page to be flagged as being of concern. I don't know if that happens, but some people have reported similar issues - however, as IMDB is a Black Box it can also cause paranoia when things put in one end, don't emerge at the other end) if you want to get credits unstuck then the best is to provide evidence to support these submission. Obviously, the best evidence is your name on the credits and if you can supply that (you can attach them here using the little camera button in the bar below the reply box), along with details of the submission (ideally the reference number for the submission, if you don't have it then at least provide a link to the title), then there is no reason you shouldn't get your credit.
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Hi... Thanks so much for your comment...
Here is the link for the Charles Band film, "Ooga Booga", where I played "Boner"  https://vimeo.com/65385710  My opening credit for the film comes in at 1:22 (under Karen Black's photo)  ...I've submitted this to them a couple of times before, along with several other URL's that have my credits listed in the film, like:  http://www.silveremulsion.com/tag/tom-massmann/   and  http://www.horrorsociety.com/2013/03/07/ooga-booga-16-inches-with-an-attitude/  and still, no credit was added.  

As for "Cue the Background"  (the film I produced and starred in), I've sent them the Vimeo URL (as requested on the IMDb help page -- here is the link: https://vimeo.com/68624163  where I appear in the opening scene, and opening credits, and gave them the Facebook Fan Page  URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cue-The-Background/1428994910646285?ref=hl  and still had no luck getting them added... As the film's producer, I was the one who submitted all of the credits for the cast and crew. ALL of the other cast and crew credits were listed... except for mine. (UGH!)

This morning, the Producer of the film "Power of Love" (2013 Short), (a short film that I wrote) called me to say that he wanted me to know that he didn't forget to add me to the credits, but "for some reason", of all the credits he sent in (and they were all posted), mine somehow wasn't added...

It's frustrating.  While I completely understand that IMDb is not a resume service, they are the NUMBER ONE place to go to check credits for everyone in this business. Casting Directors, Producers, and Directors all use it when looking up credits for work... So you can see how this can be a problem.  If there is ANY help you can suggest, I would REALLY appreciate it. I'm not mad, just frustrated, and REALLY want to get this matter all cleared up and resolved. I'm feeling powerless, perplexed, and disappointed.

Thanks again. Looking forward to hearing back from you.
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Emperor, Champion--
By the way... forgot to attach the title pages for these films (sorry):

Thanks again.
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along with several other URL's that have my credits listed in the film,

These are secondary (or tertiary) sources and IMDB won't want to take their word for it or errors can keep propagating (especially as people use IMDB as a source), so you do need to provide the actual credits.

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Gotcha... So what constitutes the "actual credits"?  I followed the submission guidelines, sent them the Vimeo of the "Cue the Background" film, and since "Ooga Booga" was a pretty big film (Charles Band) I can't get a Vimeo of that since it is out on video, other than the link I provided (which is the film itself). And yet all of the other cast and crew credits for the projects I mentioned were listed. Even on the film I produced and sent in all of the submissions for, ALL of the other cast and crew credits were listed, except for mine.  UGH!  I think you can see why I am so frustrated. LOL!  Any thoughts?  Also, just want to say Thanks so much for taking the time to help me on this. I REALLY appreciate it.  :)
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No problem, happy to help :)
So what constitutes the "actual credits"?
A screenshot of your name in the credits as they appear on screen.

I assume a video link would be OK where you've provided it, but it'd still require some digging and if I was suffering from stuck credits even after sending the video links, then I'd not take any chances and I'd also screenshot the relevant bit of the credits and throw it into the mix (the less work you make staff do, the quicker they can process submissions and skimming an image is about as quick as it gets).

Also paste the reference numbers for your submissions in here (as it'll help staff here link everything together - same principle as above, the less work they have to do, the better), you can find them here:

http://www.imdb.com/updates/history

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Here is the reference number link for my history for "Ooga Booga":  131109-150248-167000
and "Cue The Background":  131105-054826-812000

I have attached the screen shots of my credits on screen.

THANKS again... Your help in this matter means a LOT to me!  More than you know!  :o)

--TOM


"CUE THE BACKGROUND" (opening and closing credits)






"OOGA BOOGA"

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Hi Emperor, Champion...
Do you think the pictures I posted in the last message I posted will work to get those Acting credits added?  Or should I be doing something else as well?

Thanks!

Tom