Monday, 25 December 2000

From "An Analysis of the Opening Credit Sequence in Film"

By Melis Inceer.

[...] an actor's billing (where his or her name appears in the roll of credits) indicates role size or importance. The actor whose name appears first is said to have “top billing,” and actors whose names appear before the film's title have “above-the-title billing.” Sometimes “last billing” (having one’s name come up last) is reserved for a special appearance or celebrity. Such conventions relate to contractual agreements and reflect the salaries or the celebrity status of these people [...]

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