So recently I've been hearing about this trend of putting fake names into the credits of a feature... people who didn't work on the project at all. Sometimes friends of the producers, but sometimes people who don't even exist.
Has anyone else heard of this phenomenon? What's the reasoning behind it (besides doing favors to friends by getting their names in credits)? Is it a funding thing? Landing in a different category in the festival circuit?
Anyone know about this "phantom crew" thing?