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Sunday, November 27th, 2022 8:47 PM

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Listing a completed PSA Production

Hey All,

Independent Film Maker here.  I'm currently focused on Social Conscience Shorts and PSAs.  I've Produced and Aired a few Suicide Prevention PSAs, via Broadcast TV and Cable, and in Preproduction for a 2022 Christmas PSA Project.  Cast & Crew keeping asking for IMDB Recognition, so I need to get that done.

My Question: are PSA Productions allowed on IMDB, to show as a completed Project, with Cast & Crew credits?

Thanks,

River

it's not a me thing, It's a We Thing

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River: Yes, you should be able to get the PSAs listed on IMDb, as they would be characterized like TV commercials, which are eligible for listing. See https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/title-formatting/G56U5ERK7YY47CQB :

Commercials 
Brand: Title of advert if known (year) (V) i.e. Chanel N°5: The One That I Want (2014) (V)
Please submit as Made for Video
Please add the keywords: commercial, the brand i.e. chanel-no.-5

So you would submit the PSA as a made-for-video title. I recommend listing the charity or government agency which sponsors the PSA as the Brand, which you would follow with a colon and then the title of the PSA.

Keep in mind that PSAs don't usually include on-screen credits, so I would assume that all of your cast and crew would have (uncredited) attributes. A person generally needs to have at least one credited job to have an IMDb name page appear. For those of your cast or crew who have previous IMDb entries, this PSA can be listed on their filmographies, but for those who don't, they won't be able to get IMDb pages just by virtue of this uncredited job. 

The new title submission form begins at https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/edit?update=title and continues on succeeding screens. If you get stuck along the way, please feel free to come back here and ask for more advice (providing full details and/or screen shots of what you are dealing with).

Good luck!

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2 months ago

Hey.

Thanks for taking the initiative to post this thread.

I'm also an independent filmmaker and musician, and for a long time I've had experience with the skills of both, but now that I'm creating series for distribution... some of my main goals are to focus on the same types of ideas:

Documentaries, Social Issues, Informational/Educational and PSA series.

The question I have for this thread is basically how to obtain an IMDb ID number or create one, to go along with my profile, as it may be required to not only distribute and market, but also get reviews and ratings.

Any contributor or staff member, please reply.

Thanks.

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@gwkemmis​ Every title listed in IMDb has a number (known as a Title Constant) which can be found in its URL. For example, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) is at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9114286/ so its title constant is tt9114286

Every person listed in IMDb has a number (known as a Name Constant) which can be found in the URL of their name page. For example, Amy Adams is at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0010736/ so her name constant is nm0010736.

If you have a documentary, PSA, or other title to submit, the new title submission form begins at https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/edit?update=title and continues on succeeding screens. Once your title is accepted into the database, it will have a title constant assigned, which you will find in the URL for the title page.

If you need more information, please provide further details about the situation.

Good luck!

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2 months ago

Thanks Gromit.

Regarding Credits, everyone did/does receive a credit, just not in the standard onscreen format.  I list the Credits on the website (landing Page).  If you go to makeyourselfask.org you'll see what I mean.

I appreciate you,

River

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I would say that PSAs are more like ”short films” than ”commercials”.

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Well, sometimes commercial advertisements are short films, so it stands to reason that public service announcements and other forms of advertising may follow a similar pattern, with fifteen-second-long ones being more like "infomercial" advertisements and two-minute-long ones being more like short films.