Adding a poster image to my films page...FOR FREE!

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I find it's kinda odd, and a little crappy that one can put their entire movie, for free, on their film's page, but adding a little .jpg costs $35! You've probably gotten this before, but please, please, please allow us to add a poster image to our film's page so we can make it look more complete and professional. We already spend so much on creating our films and submitting them through your portal to all the various festivals, the least you could do is allow us to upload 1 single poster image. I'm not asking for anything fancy and I'd be perfectly fine if you restricted it's size, quality, and amount of photos. But charging a whopping $35 just for a single image leaves a really bad taste in my mouth, especially when it's free almost everywhere else on the internet and you already allow me to put my entire film on IMDB for free.

Thank you
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I spend a lot of money getting to see films. High gas prices...can't bring food, gotta pay huge prices for popcorn and soda...maybe if they let you advertise for free...you'll let me see your films for free??? Cool...thumbs up for your idea! I don't want you to pay a cent to get exposure to millions of people!!!
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You sir are clearly not a filmmaker. You don't know low-budget indie films exist because the creators haven't been able to afford to expose the work they've spent their hard earned sweat and tears making. As this gentleman expresses, $35 for those just getting starting is certainly representative of the glass roof that keeps many artists in the shadow of the high budget blockbusters that are blinding your perspective.
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Re: "You sir are clearly not a filmmaker."

So, that means I can't think?  Not sure of your point or its relevance to the discussion.

You, madam, are clearly not a rocket scientist (did I play your game correctly?).

I love when people think/say "you're clearly not a (whatever they are)!" not realizing that other people might actually have a couple of connected brain cells and can understand their situation.

You resurrect a 9 month old idiotic discussion to make haul out that gem of a line?  That's even more ridiculous than the OP.

Oh, oops, is this discussion reserved for "film" makers only?  I wasn't aware. 

Re:  "$35 for those just getting started..."

Starting out working at McDonald's costs the employee more than that in buying work pants and shoes that are dress code...I'd think that sitting around whining about it on a web site is less effective than going out and collecting cans and bottles and turning them in for cash to get together the $35 would be a better use of the time.

You're aware that people need to process this feature of the site and they need to be paid, right?  Who do you want to pay for that?  The regular users of the otherwise free site?  There'd be very few visitors to the site if they needed to pay to get in.  Then, what use would it be to "advertise" the result of your sweat and tears if no one would see it?

Oh, but I am clearly not a webmaster either...so I shouldn't mention any of that.

But, a thought....if $35 represents a glass roof keeping you down, perhaps you should go the McDonald's route instead?  Just a thought...

Lastly, if you can find a better deal than $35 for exposure to 100 million visitors or so, you should jump at it instead of whining to get it for free.  And, I' e owned and managed businesses for many years and know that for a fact, "filmmaker" or not.  I've also been a professional tennis player and gave it up because the travel expenses, cost of racquets and shoes, etc. (which other, better players got for free) became the glass roof that kept me down (expenses to go on tour averaged about $100,000 per year, win or lose...and is a lot more now)...but you didn't see me whining over $35.  You seem to miss the point that it is something many, if not all, people go through and you don't have to be film maker to understand something they'd go through. I've worked for small businesses in finding new ways to profit and lower expenses to be able to compete with corporate chains and have worked for Salvation Army and Society of St. Vincent de Paul who are non-profits that support underserved in their communities and help them be "profitable" and able to have more funding to support their programs.  So, this is not a real tough subject for me to understand without having made a film.

Re:  "You don't know indie films exist..."

I actually do.  I find a lot of interesting ones on IMDb regardless of their makers' ability to afford a poster or not.  Having/not having one has no effect on locating them via the searchable database.  Personally, I wouldn't mind if they eliminated all posters.  I don't choose what to watch/skip by a poster.
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Your attack on Molly McGivern seems wildly inappropriate and unnecessary. You may not look for a poster, but many people do, and distributors are unlikely to give a second glance at a film that doesn't even have a poster. This is especially obnoxious as most filmmakers, especially on the indie level, pay $125.00 per year to have access to the contact information they need on the database. You see someone complaining about what, to you, is an insignificant cost, yet most people who are paying the $35 are already paying IMDb an annual fee. $35 is a lot of money when you are already paying for a service, and you have already invested thousands of your own hard-earned dollars into a project, not to mention years of your time. In the very least, IMDb should waive the $35 fee for Pro subscribers.
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Will be nice to be free and anyone to add a poster to a game / movie/ tv becouse are a lot of title without posters and this will make IMDB more good, becouse i personaly i dont even watch a movie /tv that do not have any posters .
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Interesting observation. Thanks for this useful piece of info
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I'd like to see a way to add posters for public domain films and a photograph for dead people, as this would tend not to parasitise the cash flow:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

The problem is that IMDB make their money through things like IMDB Pro and the poster service, this income (along with money from ads) is what lets them pay for the servers and staff needed to keep the site going. If they started making the paid-for-services available for free then they'd struggle to make ends meet, so would need to start charging everyone for using the site or find some other way to generate money. Charging for the site would mean a lot less visitors, so a big reduction in the people who could potentially stumble across your film's entry which would impact your bottom line more than a one-off charge of $35.
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IMDB IS OWNED BY AMAZON
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Indeed, so they need to show they turn a profit - Amazon didn't get where they are by writing blank cheques.

It does, however, provide a way to possibly get a poster on IMDB - if there is a poster on Amazon it is, theoretically, possible to post a request asking for that to be moved over. No guarantees, but worth a shot.
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Actually, Amazon did get where they are by writing blank cheques.

Amazon.co.uk offering free shipment throughout Europe (for shipments pf 25 pounds and up) is one of the main reasons I became a regular customer. Whenever they offered prices similar to those of the competition, that free shipping made all the difference. Them currently offering free shipments only to the UK and Ireland is the only reason I now buy from Amazon.fr and Amazon.de instead... which will probably stop offering free shipment in the future as well.

It seems to me that there Amazon got where they are because they understood what its customers need. It also seems that that time is over now.
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Of course I am not on the inside of IMDB so I don't pretend to know their finances, but that sounds like a whole lot of bologna to me. I doubt very much that a $35 charge for a single poster image is what is keeping the lights on at the IMDB offices. When Iron Man takes over the IMDB home page for several weeks, that's what is paying their bills. Not starving artist filmmaker paying to upload their single movie poster to a page 15 people see.

I'm not asking for ALL the services of IMDB pro, I'm not asking for unlimited photo uploads, I'm not asking for free galleries, or anything like that. All I'm asking for is one free poster image per film, that's it. They let me upload my entire film for free, when that seems like something they should charge for! So why is that free, but uploading 1 image costs $35? I do know that hosting images is A LOT less server intensive than hosting full streamable films and probably requires less staff. To me it's just high-way robbery charging for that.
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I doubt very much that a $35 charge for a single poster image is what is keeping the lights on at the IMDB offices.


Of course not, but 1,000 a year would mean they could get a dedicated member of staff on the job, ensuring that there is a poster service - if there wasn't you'd need to subscribe to IMDB Pro, which would cost you a lot more.

When Iron Man takes over the IMDB home page for several weeks, that's what is paying their bills.


It's not either/or, they need a range of revenue streams to keep the site going. You can't rely on one-offs like the Iron Man promotion.
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I don't really care to debate what is making IMDB money and what isn't, I don't really care. The point is they are likely doing just fine and could afford to give the filmmakers that already give them hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars a year submitting to the various festivals through their portal site withoutabox a lousy low-res .jpg poster image to accompany their film's page. That's all.
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Wow. Decaf, Smartguy!

Picturing your head about to blow off.

Or sober off and have Mom read it to you in the morning.

The OP is about FREE posters. Not paying IMDb via WAB already. Which is what you good idea was. Just trying to help you. You're not helping yourself by shouting like a freakin' lunatic in the wrong thread.  Make an idea one without shouting and repeating yourself over and over and make your case like an adult. Folks might just agree with your good idea (but they won't see it here and cannot vote for it here)...is all I am saying.

Oy ve...

Good luck!
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right.
so you still can't comprehend. wow.
my head is screwed on fine. placid, if dumbfounded.
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Then you should realize, now, that you're posting in a two year old, "question" thread that was marked as "answered" and your comment are not going to be noticed much here, particularly by staff (I only noticed it due to the odd comment below added yesterday-and that's after 7 months of no response to your message).

Again, an "idea" thread could be voted for by other users and might catch the eye of staff if there is enough interest.

I am not sure why you want to voice a good idea, but not take 10 seconds to put it where it will be seen...but that's your dealio...again, I'd loose the histrionics and just type out the idea that you've already paid IMDb and uploaded a poster, then ask if it can be moved over and added to the IMDb then created.

Good luck!
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"... again, I'd loose the ..."
"lose"

just sayin'
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Yeah. I had already mentioned that in the last sentence of the previous comment. ...and he did it again. Not everything landing with this one.
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I agree with everyones point of view on this. As a filmmaker it would be nice to lower the cost as $35 for an indie filmmaker that has probably made their film for £200-£1000, maybe that £35 might seem like a lot. But at the same time if you do want people to see your work and a bit more interest in your film and you want to look that more professional then an extra $35 to add marketing and production value to your film is a good investment.
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Couldn't agree more with this thread. I've just finished a 9-month project, working 10 hours-a-day to complete the film to the highest quality possible. I am flat broke. As in, the film was completed in a squat in London! Charging for a single jpeg is unfair to us indie producers. Come IMDB, help us out!
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posters/photos are now free for pro accounts!!
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Photos to Name Pages have always been (not "free" but) included in the features of a paid subscription to IMDbPro at no additional charge. Nothing requiring paid subscription could ever really be accurately referred to as "free."

Some images can be added to title pages now, via a standard User Account.  They go into a gallery and one might be chosen as poster if it adheres to the requirements for having a poster appear.

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