The Credits profiles Hollywood's lesser-known heroes

05:00 AM, Jan 23, 2013

Casting director Pat Moran is profiled in a new video./


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Have you perused The Credits?

The website has only been around a few months, but it already has churned out several fun video features and interviews. Its mission is to “celebrate the hard work and creativity that goes into making the movies and television shows we all love” — and, since it’s sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America, it gets pretty good access.

Today the site posted a video and written feature about Emmy-winning casting director Pat Moran. In it, Moran describes how she got into the business “a million years ago” with her pal John Waters, when they set out to make movies inspired by people they loved, like Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas. Since then she has worked on several of Waters’ films (Hairspray and Cry-Baby) along with The Wire.

What I suggest for film students?” she asks. “You wanna learn how to make movie? Use your own money. You’ll learn.”

The clip is only three minutes long and definitely worth a look. (Moran’s tchotchke-filled office tells a story by itself!) It’s very well shot and allows Moran’s personality to shine through:

I love stories about “behind-the-scenes” people like this, and The Credits is full of them. Also recommended are its profile of makeup artist Steve LaPorte , a Q&A with stunt professional Hugh O’Brien and a roundup of past presidents’ favorite movies, but I encourage you to explore.