Netflix’s Bright left out almost 60 effects wizards from its credits
James R | On 27, Dec 2017
Netflix’s Bright has become one of this winter’s most high-profile movies, thanks to it being the first original blockbuster made by a streaming service – and thanks to its rather divisive reception, with some critics slating the film. (Read our review here.) In recent days, though, another talking point has arisen surrounding the movie: Netflix has omitted almost 60 crew members from Bright’s end credits.
The film is set in an alternate present-day, which follows two cops – a human played by Will Smith, and an orc played by Joel Edgerton – in a fantastical Los Angeles. To bring that to life, Netflix worked with Amalgamated Dynamics (ADI), a character effects studio. The company, which was founded in 1988 by Stan Winston alumni Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, has worked on projects big and small, winning an Academy Award for Death Becomes Her.
Bright had one of its largest crews in recent years, with “about 60 amazing artists and technicians” creating around 50 hero makeups and another 85 background masks, all helping to make the world convincing. However, Netflix left out ADI’s entire crew.
“When you see those never-ending lists of crew in the credits of a movie like Bright you can be guaranteed that mistakes are going to be made,” said the studio in its regular email newsletter on 23rd December. “That’s what happened to us. Our entire crew was left out of the credits.”
Since that email, ADI has sent out another update on Boxing Day to confirm that it has “been in touch with Netflix and the film’s producers about the situation” and that “all the right conversations are taking place”. Indeed, for a streaming project, it should be easy to rectify the omission and update the credits stored on Netflix’s servers.
“Tom and I are like proud parents,” wrote Alex. “We’re proud of our crew, of their work and of David Ayer and the entire Netflix production team. The movie is great and we want the world to know what we did to help it get there.”
To that end, here’s their complete list of the people in ADI’s crew who worked on Bright and made it a reality. Whatever you think of the film, it’s only right that the talent involved get the proper recognition:
Asst. Shop Supervisor
Seaming/ Fabrication Supervisor
Seaming/ Finishing Dept.
Jon K. Miller
Jordan K. Morris
Baby Body Mold
Vincent Van Dyke