Inclusion of Photographic Model Credits as Cast: Borderline Cases

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As Michelle encouraged me here I'm starting a new idea thread on the subject. @IMDb, I would love some official point-of-view on that, as well. 

I've recently encountered a problem quite a few times: according to guidelines still photographs should not be listed on IMDb in the acting filmography. But there are a few types of borderline cases there, which I think are quite important to discuss an clarify:
1) Credited in cast section despite only depicted on a still photograph. That is the easiest one as we by default should submit complete credits. Whether it deserves "(credit only)" attribute is a subject for another debate in my opinion (especially since example from the top of my head is Liza Minelli in The King of Comedy (1982) which actually should be have a "(scenes deleted)" for that matter), but  we certainly list such in one way or another. 
2) Animated and manipulated photographs. The case of, for exmaple, two models in Joker's commercial in Batman (1989) and we indeed list both. 
3) Still photographs shown on screen-within-the-screen. As such pohotographs cease to be objects if they are shown like that. Plus there are cases which might double as being manipulated and edited. 

Finally there is also a glaring and quite important qestion: what should we do with cases in which actors specifically were photographed for production if we can't put them in the cast? My proposed decision is to put them in "Miscellaneous Crew" as "photo model" or "photographic model: role". So far such type of credits was used 68 times for the first variant and three for the second. Since we list photo doubles there and even poster models (who are only appearing on promotional materials), I believe such inclusions might be neccessary.  

I know virtually dozens of examples that were omitted and yet confirmed as made specifically for the movie, so actor was actually showing for a day of work to make them. Example that actually made me thinking about still photographs being credited is Alfred Hitchcock - two of his famous cameos were deleted from cast listings due to being via still photographs, which were made specifically for the movies in question, such as his famous cameo in Lifeboat (1944).    
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Hi Nikolay -

Thanks for posting, I have reached out to our editors to take a look at the credit issues you mentioned for further discussion and clarification.  As soon as I get an update I will let you know the details here.
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Any news on that yet. Michelle? Since then I have collected quite a few additional cases, including credited once and I wonder whether I should open a new thread for that. 
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Hi Nikolay -

I just reviewed the ticket and can confirm that it is still pending, if you have additional cases for this issue, please post them here and I will be happy to include them on the existing ticket.
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Okay, here they are:

Firstly there is a precedent for photographs cast actually being credited in the end credits of Halloween II (2009), which has a whole catgory of "Crime Scene Stills Cast".

Secondly, a short film Cream (2016) which so far has incomplete cast and crew on IMDb has credited photographic appearances which in this case directly follow the voice cast. I am planning on adding the missing credits, but I really don't know what to do with these and whether they fit in the cast since they were specifically used for animation, or they should be in Miscellaneous. It might be that "photographic appearance" might be a good job description for other cases of photographic models appearing specifically for the movie.  

Thirdly there is an odd case of Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: his cameo in the movie were photographs specifically taken as a character Simon Williams to appear on movie posters seen in the movie. Yet, as James Gunn explained on his Facebook page, scene had to be deleted. So he released posters on the very same Facebook page as a part of promotional campaign of the movie, which also appears to be canon to the universe. Since "poster model" is an acceptable IMDb credit shouldn't it be added as to Fillion's filmography as "poster model: Simon Williams (uncredited)" and considering that is eligible, shouldn't the same be done with many actors who took photos specifically to appear in the movie and actually did, including Bruce Davison an Alfred Hitchcock? If that would be the case then it also will mean that some credits already on IMDb could be moved to Miscellaneous Crew, including those of Stan Lee on Netflix shows.
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Interesting, I just ran upon this in a TV Show, Dietland, I watched. One of the main cast members appeared only as an image (it's really incorrect to say photography here as the image was on a Times Square video board). Since she was credited in the episode, I left off "credit only" because her image did appear (and was almost definitely shot for this particular episode". Should it be a "credit only" appearance? That would be somewhat confusing for people not familiar with the "still photograph" rule for cast members.
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Appearance on a photograph on a screen is one of those borderline cases when it is not exactly clear what to do. Most of those are listed in the cast category.