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Topic Started: Mar 7 2018, 12:31:11 AM (693 Views)
Ebbywebby
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I'm just curious how comfortable others are with adding films to the IMDB database. There is a pile of experimental films that I'd love to add, but it seems like you practically have to be involved with a film's production to know all the data the site requires for submission. :satstunned:

I've added over 300 running times to IMDB (for purposes of getting them transferred over here), but never an entire film.
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It's very easy and not too time consuming if you just do the bare minimum. I don't think anyone human checks new submissions. You just need two outside-imdb "official" sites, which can just be about anything from an entry on another database network, to social media pages, to youtube clips.

New Title Form (keeping the link here for myself)
Edited by Carmel1379, Mar 7 2018, 12:49:05 AM.
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Just hit the box "provide explanation" if you don't have enough info.
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There are only two things that bother me a lot: 1) collecting the information from the credits and 2) deciding which Bob Smith is the right Bob Smith (though usually I select whatever equates to "let IMDb decide" since I've no fricken idea if it's a new Bob Smith who worked as second assistant to the best boy or if happens to be the same Bob Smith who worked in costuming department as fourth assistant to the thread puller on the director's prior film).

I'm not exactly sure what is absolutely required to get a film in the database other than title and year. I sort of think they make a big thing out of release date, but I also haven't added a new title in quite some time - some will beat me to it if I wait long enough. ;)

Anyway, the key is to not let the five hundred drop-downs overwhelm you - most can be left blank and after you run the first check of data entered, you'll know exactly what it required.

And yes, if you can provide a link to video online - which will document everything you've input - IMDb is much happier.

Good luck!
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I add titles fairly regularly, time permitting. I always add features, and even if I don't have that much information, it's always been accepted. This is true even for old obscure Indonesian and Egyptian films I've added. Shorts are harder, as there's usually less information available, but usually as long as the film itself exists online it's fairly straightforward to prove it's legit even if some key info is lacking.
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Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
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Mar 7 2018, 05:38:04 AM
Just hit the box "provide explanation" if you don't have enough info.
^This. My standard comment is "no more info found". Works every time as long as you provide a link with proof of its existence.
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Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
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Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
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Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
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Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
31k?! Does that include editing as well, for example add or edit a runtime? I can't imagine that's only adding new movies. Still an awful lot though.
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Mar 7 2018, 08:25:41 PM
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Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
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Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
31k?! Does that include editing as well, for example add or edit a runtime? I can't imagine that's only adding new movies. Still an awful lot though.
Yes, that includes editing as well. A majority of my contributions are adding the credit rolls to each episode of my favorite shows. However, during that process I often add new people, images, plots, titles, etc.
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Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
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Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
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Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
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Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
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If you're asking if I'm serious, then yes. If you're stating that it is serious contributing, then yes it is. ;)

My IMDb Profile with contributor badges:

http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0343564/

The IMDb Top Contributors page where you will find me (Simba63) in last two years lists:

https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/hall_of_fame

Yes, it's a labor of love, and I'm not sure how much I love IMDb anymore. :o
Edited by Simba63, Mar 8 2018, 06:56:43 PM.
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Well, I used everyone's advice and added my first film to IMDB. Woo woo! And now you can check it off on ICM, if you happen to have seen it.... (It's on YouTube.)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/summer+solstice-1974/

I doubt I'll get there but, ideally, I'd love to add every missing film cited in the introductory text of this list:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chaotic+cinema/ebbywebby/

There are also some Stan Vanderbeek and William Wegman films I'd like to add.
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Mar 8 2018, 09:16:00 PM
Well, I used everyone's advice and added my first film to IMDB. Woo woo! And now you can check it off on ICM, if you happen to have seen it.... (It's on YouTube.)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/summer+solstice-1974/

I doubt I'll get there but, ideally, I'd love to add every missing film cited in the introductory text of this list:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chaotic+cinema/ebbywebby/

There are also some Stan Vanderbeek and William Wegman films I'd like to add.
I might be able to help you out occasionally, if you'd like. All I really require is a link/copy of the title (with credits) or the site that has the credits. :thumbsup:
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Mar 8 2018, 06:56:10 PM
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Mar 8 2018, 06:15:57 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
joachimt
Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
serious
If you're asking if I'm serious, then yes. If you're stating that it is serious contributing, then yes it is. ;)

My IMDb Profile with contributor badges:

http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0343564/

The IMDb Top Contributors page where you will find me (Simba63) in last two years lists:

https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/hall_of_fame

Yes, it's a labor of love, and I'm not sure how much I love IMDb anymore. :o
actually, was thinking more along the lines of what I've highlighted above.

It's a lot of hard work though and you should be properly thanked and congratulated!
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Mar 9 2018, 12:29:37 AM
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Mar 8 2018, 06:56:10 PM
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Mar 8 2018, 06:15:57 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 08:10:37 PM
joachimt
Mar 7 2018, 04:49:42 PM
Simba63
Mar 7 2018, 01:21:15 PM
Agreed with many posts above. A miscellaneous link to your sources gets the best results. I've been a top 250 contributor the last two years and my changes seem to be processed faster than others. Within 30 minutes in some cases.
Wow! Top 250 contributor. Impressive. Even in my top adding year, I didn't get that far. How many do you add on a yearly basis roughly?
Two years ago it was 31,071 (80th place). Last year it was 14,107 (220th place). This year, I'm dragging. With all the recent changes (in my opinion for the worse) I'm not sure home much longer I'm willing to work for free to keep their data up-to-date.
serious
If you're asking if I'm serious, then yes. If you're stating that it is serious contributing, then yes it is. ;)

My IMDb Profile with contributor badges:

http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0343564/

The IMDb Top Contributors page where you will find me (Simba63) in last two years lists:

https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/hall_of_fame

Yes, it's a labor of love, and I'm not sure how much I love IMDb anymore. :o
actually, was thinking more along the lines of what I've highlighted above.

It's a lot of hard work though and you should be properly thanked and congratulated!
Oh, I see. Yes, I guess I should be more thankful. If they had not terminated the message boards I would have never found and ended up here. This is a great site!
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Mar 8 2018, 09:53:15 PM
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Mar 8 2018, 09:16:00 PM
Well, I used everyone's advice and added my first film to IMDB. Woo woo! And now you can check it off on ICM, if you happen to have seen it.... (It's on YouTube.)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/summer+solstice-1974/

I doubt I'll get there but, ideally, I'd love to add every missing film cited in the introductory text of this list:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chaotic+cinema/ebbywebby/

There are also some Stan Vanderbeek and William Wegman films I'd like to add.
I might be able to help you out occasionally, if you'd like. All I really require is a link/copy of the title (with credits) or the site that has the credits. :thumbsup:
Well, that would be great! It's not a fun process for me.

So far, I've successfully added these seven films: Summer Solstice (1974), Airborn (1968), A MAL GAM A (1976), Doppler Effect: Version II (1968), SSS (1988), Broken Fall (Organic) (1971) and Broken Fall (Geometric) (1971). So if anyone has seen these, here's your chance for a belated check. I submitted a bare minimum of data about them, because that's really all I know.

There are still 123 more missing films listed in the text at https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chaotic+cinema/ebbywebby/.

I've discovered a couple of things, so far.....

1) The adding process doesn't seem to be all at once on IMDB. I goofed with a couple of titles, because I added them to ICM at a point when not all of the fields had been filled in on IMDB. So, "SSS" and "A MAL GAM A" have empty Director fields on ICM as yet. Even though I supplied the directors to IMDB.

2) It's really frustrating that there's a delay on the ICM end too. The films get added to ICM immediately, but then it takes some time before they show up in a search within the process of adding titles to a personal list. And THEN there's a further period where the film shows up in a search, but if you try to add it, you just get a red error box basically saying the film doesn't exist on ICM*.

So...it seems to take a couple of days to entirely finish the process of adding a film to IMDB *and* adding it to a personal ICM list. Tedious. :( Currently, I'm still waiting to be able to add the two "Broken Fall" films to my list.

As for your question about supplying the credits, I've mostly been going by the films' pages on Letterboxd. Then I Google to find another link or two on a case-by-case basis. And I had either seen or found links to stream all the films I added, so I had some basic idea of whether they were color/B&W or silent/sound and the casts (fortunately, these experimental films often have no actors).

If anyone decides to add any of the missing films himself/herself, keep me posted....

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*Whoops! You have specified movies that have not yet been added to iCheckMovies. The missing movies have automatically been added to the movie import queue. You will automatically receive a notificaton when the movies have been imported, if you have specified so in your notification settings. [Except the movies were already imported...]
Edited by Ebbywebby, Mar 10 2018, 11:25:11 PM.
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Mar 10 2018, 09:34:08 PM
Currently, I'm still waiting to be able to add the two "Broken Fall" films to my list.
STILL waiting.
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Still.
Edited by Ebbywebby, Mar 12 2018, 03:13:26 PM.
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Well, I used everyone's advice and added my first film to IMDB. Woo woo! And now you can check it off on ICM, if you happen to have seen it.... (It's on YouTube.)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/summer+solstice-1974/

I doubt I'll get there but, ideally, I'd love to add every missing film cited in the introductory text of this list:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chaotic+cinema/ebbywebby/

There are also some Stan Vanderbeek and William Wegman films I'd like to add.
These were already on IMDB so this is somewhat off-topic, but I added 47 (!) Vanderbeek films to ICM last night. So what are you waiting for, get checking!

(There's a stack of Vanderbeek stuff streamed on the Ubu film site.)
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wow - just started a short and before it was half over, my addition of the runtime was already published on IMDb - not sure I've ever seen an update applied so quickly, so something is different over there
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Since starting this thread, I've added a decent number of experimental-type shorts to IMDB (and subsequently, to ICM). And there will be more, because I aim to add five more William Wegman "Selected Works" collections and most of the films seen in the introductory text of this list.

I've added....

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/selected+works+reel+3/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/selected+works+reel+2/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/selected+works+reel+1/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/and+sometimes+the+boats+are+low/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/get+back-1968/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/x-tracts/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/trip+to+carolee/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/markings+1-3/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/black+plus+x/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/blackout-1965/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/a+joy/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/fall+2/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/fall+1/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/black+trip+2/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/black+trip/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/broken+fall+geometric/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/broken+fall+organic/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/sss-1988/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/doppler+effect+version+ii/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/airborn/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/a+mal+gam+a/ (I haven't seen this yet)
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/summer+solstice-1974/ (ditto)

What are you waiting for, go check those movies!
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Must have missed X-tracts in the activity feed. Thanks for posting.
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I've started adding LaCinetek directors' lists again, and I stumbled upon a film that is not on IMDb: Life/Expectancy (1999, Shellie Fleming). But worse, I almost can't find anything about the director.

Does somebody know how to add this to IMDb, when there are almost no sources? Help, or even adding it to IMDb, would be much appreciated.

Edit: the same goes for Riyo (1999) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (IMDb director entry)
Edited by Gershwin, May 16 2018, 12:41:01 PM.
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May 16 2018, 12:34:47 PM
I've started adding LaCinetek directors' lists again, and I stumbled upon a film that is not on IMDb: Life/Expectancy (1999, Shellie Fleming). But worse, I almost can't find anything about the director.

Does somebody know how to add this to IMDb, when there are almost no sources? Help, or even adding it to IMDb, would be much appreciated.

Edit: the same goes for Riyo (1999) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (IMDb director entry)
You can add all the evidence of a film's existence in the Miscellaneous Links section, screenings are most important, but entries in other databases and articles work too, the more evidence the better. When I add Japanese films to IMDb I include two database entries on other sites and that's enough evidence. With only one link it gets rejected. Remember to specify next to the URL what it is. Here's a few I found for Life/Expectancy:

Screenings: http://www.cccb.org/en/activities/file/the-written-screen-the-films-of-michele-fleming/228037
Screenings: http://www.cjcinema.org/divers/newsletters/archives/news16_janvier2012/newsCJC-janvier2012-16-rappel-LaClef.html
Screenings (?): https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/films-by-shellie-fleming/Film?oid=13360120
Database entry: http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b84ddd8e8
Article: http://blogs.saic.edu/fvnma/2013/12/30/fvnma-mourns-the-loss-and-celebrates-the-life-of-shellie-fleming/

Those screenings are most important since they definitively prove the title exists.
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Thanks! I now have submitted the title. Let's hope it gets accepted.
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I'll add Riyo

Done, says it'll be up tomorrow. The film shares a producer with a Weerasethakul film, makes you go "hmmm."
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I'll add Riyo

Done, says it'll be up tomorrow. The film shares a producer with a Weerasethakul film, makes you go "hmmm."
Thanks! :thumbsup:
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