Even if all of the hard stuff, like writing, planning, shooting, and editing your film has been finished, there's still the matter of creating the scrolling end credits. Taking on the task of entering, editing, and proofing every word, as well as taking care of strobe and jitter issues and info wrangling, may not be something you have the time or energy for at the end of the filmmaking process. If paying for a service to do it for you seems like an attractive option, Endcrawl, which is currently in private beta testing, will create your end credits, as well as any revisions you might need, for a one-time fee.
According to an article from RedShark News, the web-based service, Endcrawl, operates on a 24/7 cloud render engine, and provides clients with 2K renders of their end credits at $499 per project with unlimited revisions at no extra cost. So, if you forgot to thank someone, misspelled your lead actor's name, or failed to include a logo, you can have Endcrawl edit it for you without having to pull out your wallet. Not only that, but there's no expiration date on your project, so if you need to add a name somewhere down the road, maybe another investor came on board, then you can do that (at no cost.)
One major advantage to not having to create your own credits is not having to find needed logos and writing all of those legal provisions (or finding them.) Endcrawl gives clients a logo repository, legal boilerplate, and multiple versions of your credits for each aspect ratio, from 2K DCP to 4:3 pan & scan.
According to Endcrawl's website, they can deliver 1K checkers in minutes to your inbox, and 2K DPX in about an hour. So -- fast. RedShark talks about a demonstration by Endcrawl co-creator John Eremic:
From his mobile phone, [he] was able to make changes to a set of titles, and request a new render of a title sequence (in this example he called up the complete credits for The Wizard Of OZ). Around ten minutes later his e-mail pinged. After a quick download, he flipped his phone around to display a beautiful set of smooth scrolling end credits.
So, if interested, you can sign up for the beta, and try it out. After sign up, you fill out their "spruced up" Google Doc spreadsheet (which will be changed once the service moves out of beta.) Specify the resolution and format you want for your titles, and let Endcrawl get to work. For beta customers, 1K renders are free, and if, and only if, you like the way the 1K came out, you pay the $499 for the 2Ks. They'll send your files right to your email.
For more on how the Endcrawl beta works, go here.
What do you think about Endcrawl's services? Do you think this is a good solution for indie filmmakers needing scrolling end credits?