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Official Styleguide for Movie Entry

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  Chris Kavan
Chris Kavan
Since I'm the primary source for entering movies on this site, I figured I would post this guide that shows how I enter movies, and why they look the way they do on the site.

While I know that all movies haven’t been formatted yet, I have been following this general guideline for entering films since I started. 


All films are entered according to their US film name.


If a film may be known by more than one title it will be denoted with an “aka”


If a film has a foreign title, it is denoted in parentheses following the US title.


The articles “The” and “A” (and their foreign equivalents) are added to the end of a film’s name, separated by a comma.


Any films sharing the same name, or very similar names, are denoted by the year they were released. (work in progress)


Foreign films without an English equivalent are entered as their original title.



Clash of the Titans, The (2010)

Seven Samurai, The ( Shichinin no samurai )

Spanish Apartment, The aka Euro Pudding ( auberge espangnole, L' )

Note on dates:

All film release dates are broke down thusly:


US Wide Release date.


US Limited Release date (note, if a limited release date is in December 2009, and wide release is in 2010, the limited release date will be used to keep the database more relevant)


US Release Date in New York or Los Angeles


US Release in any other US city.


US Release via Film Festival (Such as Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW, etc.)

If a film has no US release date, the date of release will be based on whatever country the film originated from, thus a French film will go by release date in France, Italian film in Italy, etc.


If a film was released in the US over 10 years from the date it was released in its country of origin, the original release date will be used – also to keep the database more in order.

Release date via other Worldwide Film Festival (such as Cannes).

Made-for-TV films and straight-to-video (or DVD) films release dates are based on first TV airing or date it was released to video.


If a film has no release date, it will always be listed as year XXXX-01-01 – this is only because Jan. 01 is easier to type than Dec. 31 – this is also the default for any film that hasn’t been processed so make sure you check to see if any other information (director, actors, etc.) have been filled out before submitting a correction.


Please note that film dates are subject to change as many festival films may also have a wider release date as can foreign films.

Whether you've had questions or not, I figured this would address any issues that might come up. Suggestions and comments are welcome, but realize any changes would require going through hundreds if not thousands of entries for correction, so unless there are major issues, this is the entry style for now and the future.
7:19 pm CT

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  Chris Kavan
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I wanted to add that TV mini-series will be added, but the cut-off point is four episodes. We conferred and decided that anything over four episodes (such as Band of Brothers, From the Earth to the Moon and Generation Kill) are just too long to be considered traditional movies - much the same as a season of TV such as The Prisoner or Lost would not be considered either.
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Very useful -- thanks for posting!  I've been meaning to add a few films myself, and it's great to have this guide on hand. 04/15/2010
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