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Netflix’s ‘Bright’ leaves out nearly 60 artists and technicians from credits

One studio posted an open letter calling out the omission.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Dec 26, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:49 am CDT

Netflix’s Bright, like many other major blockbusters, was made with the work and creative input of thousands of artists, crew, and technicians, most whose names are only revealed in the film’s credits. The makeup work on several of the film’s characters—which includes orcs and fairies—has even placed Bright on the shortlist for the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. But dozens of the artists who worked on the film weren’t credited for their work, including an entire studio.

Over the weekend, studioADI published an open letter revealing that it, along with around 60 artists and technicians, had not been included in the end credits for Bright, which was released Friday. The studio says that during the project, its crew created “around 50 hero makeups and another 85 background masks, which made it the biggest project studioADI had worked on in some time.

With a production as big as Bright—the film is Netflix’s first attempt at releasing a major blockbuster on its streaming service, and stars Will Smith—having names omitted from the credits is often bound to happen; studioADI says as much in its statement. However, it’s another thing when an entire studio (along with its artists) were left off the credits. (As of press time, studioADI’s name doesn’t appear in the end credits for Bright, nor do the majority of the artists and technicians listed as being involved with the project.)

“We’re having the necessary conversations about getting it rectified (it’s streaming, right? seems like a do-able fix) but until we get a resolution, we thought we’d post the complete list of the incredible folks who worked on ADI’s crew,” studioADI said.

Included with studioADI’s statement is its complete list (though studioADI does acknowledge the possibility that it left off names) of supervisors, artists, and technicians who worked to design and create the makeup and some of the practical effects seen in Bright.

Along with the letter, studioADI posted a photo to Facebook crediting many of those who worked on Bright but weren’t credited.

Tom Woodruff, Jr. & Alec Gillis thank ADI's uncredited Orc Crew for their spectacular work on "BRIGHT".

Posted by studioADI on Friday, December 22, 2017

The Daily Dot has reached out to Netflix for comment but hasn’t heard back as of this publishing.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2017, 4:07 pm CST