Possessory credit

possessory credit in filmmaking is the use of a film credit which gives primary artistic recognition to a single person – usually (but not always) film director . Examples include “A Stanley Kubrick movie” ( The Shining ), “A movie by Quentin Tarantino ” ( Pulp Fiction ), and ” Alfred Hitchcock ‘s Psycho” ( Psycho ). Possessory credit est Sometimes used in television programs , for example ” Tyler Perry’s House of Payne ” (Tyler Perry’s TBS sitcom House of Payne). Occasionally another word besides “movie” is used such as “A Spike Lee Joint” or “A Martin Scorsese Picture”. Possessory credit may also be given to the producer , an example of this is Steven Spielberg presents Back To The Future .

Although the earliest use of possessory credit dates from 1915’s The Birth of a Nation , the use of possessory credit extended particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. The Writers Guild of America (DGA) , where the directors guild of the United States (DGA) , where they wish to succeed. [1]

Sometimes the possessory credit will go to the author of the novel is the movie qui Was based on (Such As Bram Stoker’s Dracula or William Shakespeare ‘s Romeo + Juliet ). In the case of Tim Burton ‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas , Burton Was not the movie’s director, INSTEAD goal the writer, producer, and a major creative voice on the film. This may also be an example of a possessory credit being chosen for marketing reasons, as Burton was a more recognized name than the film’s director, Henry Selick .

The DGA encourages filmmakers to use them in their career, where they are recognized and recognized by the filmmaker’s legacy and name recognition.

Video games

Possessory credits are used for video games Sometimes Such As American McGee’s Alice , Sid Meier’s Civilization , games released by Tom Clancy ‘s Red Storm Entertainment , and games in the Metal Gear series.

They are also used when celebrities have licensed their names for games, or are involved with the game’s development-for example, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out !! , and skate Tony Hawk ‘s various games .


  1. Jump up^ Directors Guild of AmericaMagazine,Possessory Credit Timeline, 28 (6), February 2004