Netflix's Bright Allegedly Left About 60 People Out Of Its Credits

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Netflix has consistently one-upped itself in terms of the scale and the scope of its movies, and that idea recently hit new heights with the release of David Ayer's Bright. The Suicide Squad director's Netflix original is the most expensive film ever produced by the streaming service, which means a lot of people and crews went into making it a reality. However, there seems to have been one significant error in Bright's credits, as an entire crew of makeup professionals was left out of the film's cast and crew list.

This observation was directly made by ADI, the company left out of Bright's end credits. ADI was largely responsible for much of the film's elaborate makeup and mask effects that are seen throughout the bulk of the story, and the company issued an official statement to let it be known that it had not been featured at the end of Bright with the rest of the crew. The statement does not necessarily show any specific ill-will towards David Ayer, Bright, or Netflix; it merely indicates a desire to have the hard work of roughly 60 people noticed and acknowledged. In total, ADI claims credit for the creation of roughly 50 "hero" makeup effects, as well as 85 background masks. Per part of the statement:

On rare occasion unintentional credit omissions are made. 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. That's what happened to us. Our entire crew was left out of the credits.

As a way of helping to get the word out and honor the people who devoted their time and energy to the production of Bright, ADI's statement about to the credit omission also comes with the inclusion of every name of everyone who wasn't featured in the credits of the film until the issue gets sorted out. The company also says it has reached out to the streaming service in the hopes that the situation will be rectified moving forward.

The omission of an entire makeup department is a big deal for a movie like Bright because the film is very much predicated on the creation of bizarre creatures and races to inhabit the modern day world. The film takes place in an alternate version of our own reality in which fairy tale, Lord of the Rings-esque races like orcs, elves, centaurs, and dragons all live among average humans, and the makeup on these characters (particularly on Joel Edgerton's hopelessly innocent Officer Jakoby) plays a major role in the film's sense of immersion.

If you're looking to see the work of the folks at ADI, in addition to everyone else who worked on Bright, then you can currently catch the big-budget fairy tale blockbuster on Netflix. If you are looking for more information on the film, you can also read our in-depth Bright review, as well as our critical roundup of what other reviewers had to say about it. As for other notable debuts coming down the pipe, you can also take a look at CinemaBlend's Netflix premiere schedule, as well as our 2018 movie premiere guide to see what the next year has in store.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.