The science of assigning fictitious names to science fiction movies

Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Code names for in-production movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey was referred to as “How the Solar System Was Won” during production, while Alien was known as “Star Beast”.

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Camel case prevails when it comes to movie naming conventions

Monday, 14 December, 2009

Wikipedia’s naming convention guidelines for movies titles, with directions on when – and when not – to capitalise the various words that make up the title. Useful across the board, not just at Wikipedia.

Each word in a film title takes an initial capital, except for articles (“a”, “an”, “the”), the word “to” as part of an infinitive, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions shorter than five letters (e.g., “on”, “from”, “and”, “with”, “about”), unless they begin or end a title or subtitle. For example: Angels and Virgins, End of the Spear, Failure to Launch, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.

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