Attributes are used when some detail of a credit must be recorded that cannot be described in the standard entry.
For crew roles the attribute is used to record exactly how a person is credited on screen. For example if a composer is listed in the credits as "music by" this should be reflected exactly in the attribute field.
The most common "attribute" for cast credits is none at all, since most credits can be adequately captured without one.
For filmography-type credits, the most common attributes are:
A list of the attributes currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the attribute field.
Attributes should not be used to list previous films the person worked on, the director's name, or the network for a TV show; this is a database, and anyone who wants that information can click on the appropriate link to get it.
Some non-filmography sections of the database also use attributes (for example, release dates); their use of attributes is described in the respective section guides. In addition, some filmography sections (notably writers) have their own special uses of attributes; see the section-specific guide for details.
- (as ...)
- Credited with a different name from their usual name, as displayed in the database. Thus, when Francis Ford Coppola is credited as Francis Coppola, the entry includes "(as Francis Coppola)". If there is reason to believe the credited name should be the one used for the person's database listing, then you should choose a name correction instead. The (also as...) attribute may be applied in cases where an individual is credited under more than one name in the credits list.
- No on-screen credit. For acting credits, this must include a character name or some kind of description. For most other kinds of credit, you should include an explanation of why you believe this credit to be accurate (i.e., your source). For non-fiction titles where the people appearing on camera are generally not in a separate cast list, their first onscreen appearance where they are identified either by a caption or spoken name is used to determine their credited name and order. (more info on this attribute)
- No on-screen appearance; voice-over only. This is common with animation and with narration. (See our special guide for rules.)
- (voice: English version)
- Someone is credited in an animated title or videogame on the USA English-language release of a title originally released in another language. (For further details, see this guide.)
- (motion capture)
- No physical on-screen appearance; motion capture only. This is common with CGI animation. For further details please see the motion capture credits section of the cast guide.
- (archive footage)
- A cast member appears in some footage from an unidentified production, usually newsreel, behind-the-scenes, or home movies. This is helpful to explain the appearance of a person in a documentary released after their death. If the footage is from an identified production, then it should instead be described by a "featured in" movie link, and no cast/crew entry should be created for the new title. (See our special guide for rules.)
- (scenes deleted)
- Someone has a screen credit for a scene that was filmed, but does not actually appear in the finished production.
- The person may be considered for for this project or is possibly in the running with other candidates, but the information is unverified.
- (credit only)
- Someone is credited, but did no work - this is most common for a TV series, where a regular cast member does not appear in a particular episode. This is distinct from (scenes deleted), in that there were no actual scenes filmed. This includes news/talk/entertainment series with a person’s name in the title (e.g., The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Tucker Carlson Tonight), when a guest host appears.
- (year range) obsolete
- A crew member for a television series worked for only a portion of the series' run. This was also sometimes designated by naming a specific episode. For cast members, the year range was included in their character name; cast members working only on specific episodes should instead be listed with those episodes. This is being phased out now that we have support for episodes.
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