Just once in my life, I’d like to see a movie where the closing credits appear in the middle of the picture.
Not that such a move would make them more interesting. But at least the placement would be novelty enough.
As you can see, I’m not a big fan of closing credits—at least, not the ones so often disseminated today. More frequently than not, they roll on a black screen, with small white letters in a font so condensed it takes a careful eye to distinguish them. Songs sometimes play in the background … forgettable, uninteresting songs. Maybe selections from the music by the movies’ composers hit the air, too.
The problem is, this industry standard isn’t very imaginative or intriguing—yet it’s an integral part of the cinematic process. If that’s the case, then, why can’t it be done in a more creative way?
Oh, sure—in superhero, fantasy, cartoon, and science fiction pictures, you’ll often see the closing credits highlighted by motifs from the films, whether they’re characters or designs. Usually, however, these motifs stop appearing after a while, despite the fact that the credits continue to troll. Of course, we’re then treated, oftentimes, to some awful rock “song”—a tune that, presumably, is relegated to the end of a movie, when everyone’s getting up and leaving their seats, because it’s so good.
Yeah. Something to improve this industry practice needs to be done … and soon.
In the first paragraph, I wondered, half-jokingly, if putting the closing credits in the middle of a movie might be a possibility, yet it’s not such a ridiculous notion. I expect there’s no law requiring credits be placed at the beginnings and ends of movies; the opening ones these days are delayed once in a while until viewers get into the meat of the pictures. As long as the folks who worked on the films are acknowledged correctly, that’s fine. So why not get creative and acknowledge them in ways audiences don’t expect? Roll them around a bit as the action is still going on. Jumble them all in the front of the picture rather than the back but intersperse them judiciously while the flick is starting to rumble.
Just do something. Because right now, the closing credits, in general, are a bore.
Once upon a time, François Truffaut had the opening credits spoken in his movie Fahrenheit 451 (1966). It was an audacious move, especially considering the fact that the picture concerned a ban on reading … so speaking the words was in the right context. Why can’t such a context be expressed in the credits of more films today, hm? It makes sense. If the credits are part of the movies, they should be considered part of the movies. There’s no better way around this.
An irrelevant song isn’t going to change someone’s mind about a film. An inventive touch with the closing credits, however, might.
Do it, Hollywood. Make this change. The history of cinema is still developing. Now is the time to put another stamp on that history.
And if that means placing the closing credits in the middle of a picture, so be it. After all, you’ve got to innovate somewhere.
Might as well, in my humble opinion, start at the beginning.