Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What do you call a person that works for a movie? Celebrity comes close, but is that all?

I am making a list of people (each and everyone) that worked for a movie. Wondering what the name of that list should be!

share|improve this question
4  
The crew isn't famous; that's the job of the cast. So celebrity doesn't come close to what you asked. Unless you mean something else in a particular context, in which case you'd hafta explain the context. –  John Lawler Apr 18 at 18:18

4 Answers 4

I would call that person a cineast or "cineaste," a "movie worker", a "movie professional", or -- more commonly -- a "participant to a movie."

cineast: any person, esp. a director or producer, associated professionally with filmmaking.

share|improve this answer
    
Wiktionary: A person in the filmmaking industry. That is what I was looking for! Thanks man. –  Alexander Apr 18 at 18:36
    
I am not sure how I could ever bring myself to use a word that no one would understand, I potentially couldn't pronounce right, and would be much easier conveyed in other terms. Not feeling this one. –  RyeɃreḁd Apr 18 at 18:47
    
Wait did you sneak a French word in on us! Should I know this word? (learning French) –  RyeɃreḁd Apr 18 at 18:59
    
Is there a better word then? Rotten Tomatoes uses celebrity for anyone in a movie. But in reality, only so many are celebrities in a movie. –  Alexander Apr 18 at 19:50
    
That's not a single word though. –  Alexander Apr 18 at 20:29

Everyone who is in a movie or works on the movie should be on the credits. So if we want to list everyone that was involved in a film, I would say they were credited.

Also it seems like the term is fairly common (google).

share|improve this answer
    
Not really. You may work on a movie without being credited for whatever reason, and vice versa. The concepts should correlate, naturally, but they are distinct. –  Zano Apr 19 at 0:06
    
@Zano I know there are some union rules on credits and stuff like that but if you had any major impact on a film you are in the credits. There are caterers and florists listed in movie credits. I am in no way imposing that this is an all inclusive list of everyone but it conveys cast and crew. –  RyeɃreḁd Apr 19 at 1:28
    
That's not what I'm talking about. Being in the credits and being a participant in making a film are two distinct concepts with a high level of correlation. Being "credited" means that your name is in the credits, nothing more, nothing less. –  Zano Apr 19 at 9:26
    
@Zano OK. I highly disagree with that. You are saying they put random people in the credits? –  RyeɃreḁd Apr 19 at 15:07
    
Let me give you an example: Bruce Willis was not credited for his role in Four Rooms, but he was still an actor in that movie. Likewise, Ashton Kutcher was not credited for Cheaper by the Dozen. These things happens, sometimes by mistake, sometimes deliberately. The opposite happens as well, mostly by mistake, but also deliberately; Alan Smithee springs to mind. –  Zano Apr 21 at 23:39

Old plays simply credited "The Company."

share|improve this answer
    
Hmmm.. 2 words. But that could be mistaken for the studio too. –  Alexander Apr 19 at 0:43
    
@Alexander Not, the Company is no more two words than the crew or the cast is two words: because when you speak of nouns, you customarily use some sort of determiner in front of them in English, and the article is not part of the term. The capitalization, though, changes everything, and has a special meaning handed down to us from thespian traditions of old. –  tchrist Apr 19 at 14:00

You are looking for everyone involved in the creation of that movie, so say just that, involved. It's a single word. And it nicely sidesteps the issue of whether they were credited.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.