Names of People

The names of a work’s Director(s) and Actor(s).

  • Director: Include credited directors and people who performed the role of director: for documentary works, the director may actually be credited as producer; for actualities and stock footage, the camera operator often performs the role of director; etc. Every work has someone in the role of director, though this person may not be known.
  • Actor: Include anyone who appears in the work, even if not a paid actor reading scripted lines. This includes the featured subjects of a documentary; newsreaders; people appearing as themselves; groups, acts, teams, and other named collections of people; animals appearing in credited star roles; etc.

When entering a person’s name, follow these rules:

  • Use the name as credited, correcting for mistakes (misspellings, typos, etc.).
  • List people in first billed order, up to the maximum allowed. The order of the names does not affect discovery or de-duplication, so first billed order is used to select which names to include, not the order they are presented.
  • Every name must be unique within Director and Actor, but the same person can appear as both Director and Actor.
  • Used mixed case (often called, “title case”).
  • Do not use trailing titles (“…, Sir” or “…, Dr.”), but do use trailing suffixed (“…, Jr.” or “…, III”).[1]
  • Do not include character names.
  • Do not include parenthetical notes.
  • Since animated works are so often re-voiced, leaving no trace of the original voice actors, animated actors are not identifying or differentiating in Abstraction records and should be skipped. They can be identifying and differentiating for Edits and Manifestations, and so may be included there.

[1] Certain systems (such as IMDb) use trailing Roman numerals to differentiate individuals with the same name. Do not include such things in EIDR names.

Updated on April 9, 2021

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