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How to change video to movie

How do I change the original title type? For instance, from Video to TV Movie, or from Video Short to TV Short? And is there a separate type called TV Special (whether long or short) or is that just TV Movie and TV short?

I don't see anywhere in the editing fields to change this. The creation of the original title pages were listed wrong.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to turn movie shorts into TV episodes.

How do I turn standalone shorts into episodes of a TV series? The type needs to be changed, for one thing. And what to do if the episode already exists: that means a duplicate, requiring a merge; in that case what should be done first? I get type-mismatch errors.

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Gary: Some of these changes would be made by Title Corrections. Let's say we are talking about a project called The Example.

The Example (2020) would be a theatrical film.
The Example (2020) (TV) would be a TV movie (or a TV special -- see below). 
The Example (2020) (V) would be a made-for-video production.
"The Example" (2020) would be a TV series.
The Example (2020) (VG) would be a videogame.

These are the basic title types.

A TV special would have its title formatted the same way as for a TV movie -- but it also needs to have the Keyword tv-special.

A short is formatted the same way as a full-length title of the same kind -- but it needs to have the Genre Short (and it should also have a running time listed of the appropriate length).

If you need to correct a standalone title to an episode of a TV series, you should submit a Title Correction to change the title to the episode title in proper IMDb format. If the episode already exists in IMDb, that formatted title is easy to find. Just go to the episode page, click "Edit page", and on the next screen you will see the formatted title. For example, the episode of "Seinfeld" titled "The Puffy Shirt" has the IMDb-formatted title "Seinfeld" (1989) {The Puffy Shirt (#5.2)} (with the exact punctuation being required). If the episode is not already listed in IMDb, you will have to figure out the correct formatting of the episode title.

If you submit a correction to merge a short into an episode that already exists, you will get warnings that say, "There is a mismatch between the title type of the old and new titles. Are you certain that you wanted to change the type of the title as well as its spelling?" and "The new title already exists in IMDb. Are you sure you wish to merge this title page into this other page for the identically named [Episode Title]?" You should check the boxes marked "Warning understood, go ahead anyway" in both cases and proceed. It's not a matter of doing a merge first or second -- the process is basically just one step.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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I've done type changes in the past as you stated, but every one was rejected. I'll try again with the whole batch.

I'm trying your procedure for the TV standalone -> TV episode now. Looks like the ones that failed me last year now have been added to the series as episodes but the standalone still exists – somebody wasn't paying attention. So I'll do a merge per the same procedure. I assume editing the standalone to merge into the episode is the proper way, and not editing the episode to incorporate the standalone.

My fingers are crossed...

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gromit82: It's still not working. They're all getting rejected. I tried a third time for a few of them, with a really long explanation describing the change and even providing a link to a website that shows the original broadcast. Still rejected with the ridiculously unhelpful "unable to verify", which is stupid because I did just that: verified it, i.e. I did my research.

These are all listed as (V) which need to be (TV). They already have the genre "short". All of them are Rowan Atkinson titles with his character Mr Bean. There are 8 titles. Also the title needs to be changed on 6 of them, so I'm doing that at the same time. (I tried it the first time without changing the title but that got rejected.)

I'm also changing the titles on 4 episodes of an Atkinson/Bean series (the title types are fine on those), and those are getting rejected even the second time or third time with elaborate explanation and a link to the actual episode on YouTube.

In all 10 cases of title changes, the title I'm changing it to is the on-screen title. The current titles are just the original person's more-or-less made-up description, taken from a listing or an analysis of what the title is about or where it comes from, superfluous info (a few come from the advertisement of the episode), without the person actually watching the episode and seeing the title on the screen. Very sloppy.

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Gary: Please post your last full data submission here on this message board. You can copy it out of the receipt you would have received from IMDb by e-mail immediately after sending it in. (Also, please include the submission reference number -- it's an 18-digit number that will look something like 200123-123456-789000.)

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The receipt doesn't contain the full submission details, but the tracking results do....

21 March 2020
#200321-092906-127000

Mr. Bean's Wedding (2007)
1 item: Title Type

Needs Attention (1)

TITLE TYPE EDIT
Before:
Mr. Bean's Wedding (2007) (V)
After:
Mr. Bean's Wedding (2007) (TV)
Your Comment:
“This title was originally TV special (short) broadcast, not a video. The medium used was film not video. The DVD video release came later; and can be added as an AKA. The short film was made for TV, and made specifically for the Comic Relief fundraiser. It was first broadcast 16 March 2007 on BBC-1 and BBC-2 in the UK, as the first sketch of "Comic Relief" in the UK. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Nos...

Reason: Unable to verify.
We were unable to approve this contribution. We have been unable to verify your contribution. Unfortunately we were unable to accept your submission as we were unable to verify the information provided. If your submission was placed via the IMDb.com Desktop title or name page submission form, you now have an option to provide evidence with your additions, as well as corrections or deletions. Please go to your Contribution History, re-load the submission reference and tick the box “provide an explanation to assist in processing this submission” and “check these updates”. The field will become available in the submission form. For all other submissions, please see our Help Site for further information or details on how to contact us.

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And here's another one, like the one above where I'm only changing the title type not the title itself, and it originally had very little in explanation box, and was rejected asking for details in explanation so I resubmitted it with lots of details but rejected again...

Note that this title is not a commercially released music video, but a comedy music sketch on television, so the title type change (V) -> (TV) is proper...

21 March 2020
#200321-101720-955000

Hale & Pace: The Stonk (1991)
1 item: Title Type

Needs Attention (1)

TITLE TYPE EDIT
Before:
Hale & Pace: The Stonk (1991) (V)
After:
Hale & Pace: The Stonk (1991) (TV)
Your Comment:
“This title was originally a TV Special short music comedy broadcast, not a Video per se. (If there was a later video release, one hasn't been verified, but would belong as an AKA.) The short (which included Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean) was made for TV, specifically for the 3rd Comic Relief fundraiser in 1991, and the song featured in this short was the fundraiser's "theme". It was first broadcast 15 March 1991 in the UK. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_R...

Reason: Unable to verify.
(etc...)

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Is anything being done about the titles I'm trying to change the type of (and in some cases the title itself)?

Here are all my submission numbers and their status:

These are title text & title type changes. They are all dated March 20, but are still "pending". You've already caught up on submissions for that date, so I assume these are then effectively rejected:
200320-051555-357000
200320-051853-497000
200320-051959-048000
200320-052052-980000
200320-052514-723000
200320-054332-350000

These are title type changes only. They have been rejected. (These are the two I provided details for in an earlier message.):
200321-092906-127000
200321-101720-955000

The 4 title text changes on tv episodes that I mentioned in an earlier message have been accepted on resubmission and are now done. The only problems are when I change title type.

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gromit82: Still wondering what's going on with the title type changes. Besides the 6 infinitely pending ones, the two others that I posted full details on here are still being rejected on resubmission. I even resubmitted the 6 infinitely pending ones and now those are infinitely pending.

I can't get any title types changed. The correct information that indicates that these are TV broadcasts not separately released videos has already been posted by other contributors in Trivia, Alternate Versions, Release Dates, and Reviews (reproduction of the original UK tv guide listing), on each of these 8 pages. The evidence is there in IMDb already (as well as other archival and reference sites like Wikipedia and Archive.org); the type just needs to be changed.

For title text changes (on the 6 infinitely pending ones), copies exist on the producer's official YouTube channel, and are noted elsewhere, but one only has to look at the on-screen title to verify that. I'm more concerned here in this thread about a simple title type correction, and I've received no response that that is being effected or someone's looking into it. Are you?

You asked me to post details, so I did, but that was a week ago. Perhaps I'm too impatient; just wondering what the status is. I'd like to clean up the listings. Actually, I'm cleaning up the Rowan Atkinson name page, and I have more, but additional work is being blocked by these contributions I've already tried to post and are not going through. Attempts to work around it are often not going through either, or are very slow and often require repeated resubmissions.

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Gary: I'm not sure what the problem is, but it seems it will require the IMDb staff's attention to solve it. I was hoping that the staff would have intervened already to help you.

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No the staff has not addressed the problem of changing the title type. I did get an email saying the 6 infinitely pending submissions were "rejected" (even though it still shows "pending" in tracking) as duplicates (which they aren't), and they gave me a ticket number for that problem, but so far nothing has changed.

Can't someone just change the title type on all 8 of these right now please, from (V) to (TV), and be done with this stupid time-waster already. 6 months I've been trying to get these corrected! Here are the titles:

tt6139390
tt0871205
tt2065480
tt7797300
tt0651840
tt0799682
tt4478244
tt4448662

Then I'll post the title text changes for the 6 afterward, and you can do that separately (the titles as they are now are the later DVD release AKAs; they need to be changed to the original broadcast title as given on-screen).

After this, I still have to add Release Dates and AKAs for later versions such as official (not bootleg) DVD releases, and trivia or other details (production?) on the original broadcasts. First, they have to be listed properly as broadcasts not video releases.

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I suppose I might as well give you the correct titles now for the 6. The titles as they stand are the later DVD release AKAs (which I will add to AKAs/ReleaseDates as soon as the title type and text get changed). They need to be changed to the original broadcast title as given on-screen (the years are all correct and don't need to be changed), as follows:

tt6139390 The Library
tt0871205 Police Station
tt2065480 The Bus Stop
tt0651840 Blind Date
tt0799682 Torvill and Bean
tt4448662 Funeral

Please do these manually, since it's obviously nigh on impossible for us contributors to change titles or title types (or some other things I've noticed like episode numbers and running times).

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Here are my most recent re-submission numbers for the 8 titles still outstanding that I listed directly above. The titles and type given here are what it's supposed to be (what the submission is changing it to). The first 6 have both title and type changes. The last 2 have only type changes. All type changes are from Video (V) to Television (TV).

200326-005909-943000 tt2065480 The Bus Stop (1991) (TV)
200326-005421-732000 tt4448662 Funeral (2015) (TV)
200326-005238-308000 tt6139390 The Library (1990) (TV)
200326-005207-140000 tt0651840 Blind Date (1993) (TV)
200326-004645-591000 tt0799682 Torvill and Bean (1995) (TV)
200326-004317-729000 tt0871205 Police Station (1991) (TV)
200326-123859-596000 tt4478244 Mr. Bean's Wedding (2007) (TV)
200326-123726-707000 tt7797300 Hale & Pace: The Stonk (1991) (TV)

See the submissions for the detailed explanations. Staff, please put these through right away. I've been trying to get these corrected for about 8 months now. I have further contributions to make on these titles after this is done. Thank you.

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@gromit82: Hello, the staff is not responding. I've sent them an email (to the help desk) but have received no response. They still haven't figured out why there are infinitely pending submissions. Meanwhile I'm just trying to get the titles and types changed.

Somebody please respond and solve this issue. Solve it by processing my submissions properly. And respond here.

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The above titles need to be fixed. Staff please respond with action.

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Need a resolution to this. Respond. These titles need to be fixed. Anybody out there that has access to edit? I've emailed staff, but got no response.

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Hello, need a response to this problem. I want to know if I should resubmit the title changes (again)? The last set from 3/26 are still infinitely pending 10 days later. And of course, despite my posts of the submission reference numbers here, the title changes are not getting done.