How to Create a Movie Poster Billing Block

By J.M. Chanel
A credit billing block is an important part of a movie poster design.

The billing block (also known as credit block) is an important aspect to consider when designing a movie poster. Usually found at the bottom of the movie poster, this is the section that provides credits for the most important members of the cast and crew, as well as logos for the production company and an MPAA rating block, if applicable. Regardless of what graphic design program you use, the billing block is easy to create with the type tool and an appropriate font.

The billing block is typically under the film's title in the poster.

Open the movie poster you are working on in your graphic design program, such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP or Pixelmator.

Click the "Text Tool" button on the tool bar of the graphic design program.

Select a condensed, sans serif font, such as Futura Condensed, Univers Thin Ultra Condensed or Tall Skinny Condensed.

Choose a color for the font that will complement the overall design of the poster and be clearly visible. For example, a white font should be used on a dark background. Select "Center" for the alignment of the credit billing block. Center-aligned credits are typically standard for movie posters, but using a left or right alignment is appropriate if it better fits your design.

Left click at the top left corner where you want to place the credit billing block and drag the cursor to the bottom right corner of where you want to place the block. A text block will be created.

Type the credits you want on the movie poster's billing block. Always put production company credits first, before the title of the movie. If you run out of room for the credits, highlight all the text you have entered and make the font size smaller by using the "Character" editor from the text tool.

Add production company logos to the bottom of the billing block, when finished. An MPAA rating can also be added, as long as the movie has actually been rated.

Tip

Choose the order of your cast wisely, as this can cause problems with some actors. Most Hollywood actors have their agents negotiate where they will be billed on a movie poster and the production company is legally obligated to comply with this agreement.

Warning

Do not add an MPAA rating to a film that has not actually been rated. The rating logos are copyrighted trademarks that filmmakers and production companies must pay to use. The MPAA can take legal action against filmmakers that erroneously use ratings when promoting their film.

About the Author

J.M. Chanel began writing in 2002 as a webmaster for an independent film company. He graduated from West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in journalism. Chanel has been contributing to online publications since 2010.