"'Written-Produced-Directed'; the poor guy wasn't smart enough to spread the blame around."In most productions of film, television, and theatre, the work is split up between a large number of people, mostly because individuals tend to specialize in a specific part of the artistic process. Some are actors, others writers, editors, etc. Occasionally, though, you'll find a work where a single person is credited in a whole bunch of the tasks. Sometimes this is because they couldn't afford anybody else, other times it's because they wanted complete control, other times it's just because that's how they work. This is often seen as a sign of dedication or ego, but what can't be denied is that the presence of a Copiously Credited Creator almost always indicates that whoever holds the credits is Doing It for the Art. Also, various union affiliations or distribution platforms can require that various production-related roles be included in the credits which can actually mandate that the same person is listed several times. Sister-trivia to Written by Cast Member and Directed by Cast Member. For a musical example, see I Am the Band. Not to be confused with In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It. Instances of when a Copiously Credited Creator's project goes sideways due to the creator's runaway ego and lack of talent are covered in the Vanity Project sub-trope.
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- For most of his movies made after 1991, James Cameron has served as the producer-writer-director-editor.
- John Carpenter directed, produced, wrote, composed and acted in Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween. He directed, wrote, composed and acted in The Fog and Big Trouble in Little China.
- Shane Carruth, of Primer fame, served as the film's writer-producer-director-star-editor-composer. For his latest film, Upstream Color, he does all of that and serves as the cinematographer, too!
- When making films in his native China, Jackie Chan has served at times as the writer-producer-director-star-choreographer, though generally not all at once.
- Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and composed the music for many of his films.
- Buster Keaton spoofed this in his 1921 film The Playhouse, in which he himself goes to a variety show, sits next to himself (thanks to trick photography) and examines the programme, in which every single credit is to "Buster Keaton". Sure enough, not only does Keaton play all the stage performers (more trick photography), he's also every member of the orchestra. No surprise then that he comments to his neighbour "This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show."note
- For Steps Trodden Black, Keane Chan Hodges handled screenwriting, directing, make up effects, visual effects, camera operation, editing, general production design including designing the aliens and space ship, pyrotechnics, boom operation, and sound mixing, as well as playing a minor role. Given that the film was made on a budget of around 500 dollars, this was a necessity.
- The Coen Brothers have served as writer-producer-director-editors on nearly all their films, although due to union regulations, their editing is done under the pseudonym "Roderick Jaynes".
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!. Costumes-production management-assistant director-second unit director-properties-all purpose bit player-location scout Costa Dillon, producer-editor-music composer-music editor John De Bello
- In a number of his films, Clint Eastwood serves as the producer-director-star-composer, though usually not all four at once.
- Tyler Perry movies are famous for this. He does the acting, the music, the writing...you name it.
- RZA served as the writer-director-star-composer for his kung fu epic The Man with the Iron Fists, creating a bit of confusion in the credits where, depending on the role, he is credited as either "RZA" or "The RZA".
- For production of Coraline, Henry Selick served as the writer-producer-director-production designer.
- Orson Welles co-wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Citizen Kane, as well as many of his other films for that matter. After Welles served as writer-director-producer-star on The Lady from Shanghai for example, studio head Harry Cohn swore off hiring a single person to do all the jobs ever again, because it made the person impossible to fire.
- In The Room, Tommy Wiseau serves as the writer-director-star-executive producer-producer. No, that last one is not a typo.
- Ed Wood did this quite a lot.
- He produced, directed and wrote Plan 9 from Outer Space as well as The Sinister Urge, Night of the Ghouls and Bride of the Monster (the last of which he co-wrote).
- He directed, wrote and starred in Glen or Glenda?, though his acting credit used the name "Daniel Davis" to cover up his Actor-Shared Background.
- Headlock was directed and written by, and stars, Mark Polish.
- Robert Rodriguez usually directs, writes, produces, composes the score, mixes the sound, has some input in special and visual effects and edits. He often does the camerawork himself, and has credited his willingness to do everything himself to allowing him to accomplish otherwise "impossible" shooting days such as 73 camera angle changes in 13 hours. Occassionally he also manages to have a Creator Cameo. On Planet Terror he's also (half)jokingly credited as his own chef.
- Rodriguez took this to its greatest extreme on El Mariachi, the film that unexpectedly let him break into Hollywood. In order to keep costs down, he had no crew whatsoever and recruited the actors to help whenever he needed extra hands. As recounted in his book about the subject, Rebel Without a Crew, he also edited the film himself (using the same awkward video tape editing method he grew up using as a kid) and did all of the sound recording and dubbing. After he got a distribution deal and full Hollywood resources, he balked at spending $3000 for professionals to take 3 weeks subtitling the film and did it himself over a weekend.
- In his early days, Peter Jackson. On most of his early films he was director, writer, producer, camera operator, editor and worked on special and visual effects (he later founded Weta Digital company not to do the latter himself).
- Lake Bell wrote, directed, starred in and co-produced In A World.
- Ukrainian independent filmmaker Nikolay Yeriomin is this nearly always because of No Budget. Just see his filmography to get the idea.
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate was directed, written, produced by and starred Harold P. Warren.
- Kevin Smith was a director, writer, co-producer and co-editor for Clerks, and he also played the minor character Silent Bob.
- In Which We Serve credits Noël Coward as Star, Producer, Writer, Composer and Director, the last credit being shared with David Lean. However, the 'director' part is debatable, the original intention was for Coward to direct the actors and Lean to direct the action sequences, but as the film went on Coward became bored with the film-making and left most of the work to Lean.
- Ben & Arthur credits writer-director-actor Sam Mraovich as having a hand in nearly every aspect of film production, including editing, makeup, and composing the score.
- John Rad's name appears in the opening credits so much it achieves Brick Joke status in Dangerous Men.
- Neil Breen does this so much that he makes up phony companies to credit and then admits later in the credits that any corporation with the initials "NB" is just him. Or just puts things like "Makeup: none".
- Creator Couple Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman are heavily involved in many different aspects of production of various different projects and material for Alvin and the Chipmunks, ranging from supplying the voices for the characters, to writing and producing original songs, albums, cartoons, and movies. Janice, in particular, directed The Chipmunk Adventure (after the unidentified director they had to begin with backed early on), and also headed the color department for both that movie and the 1980s cartoon series.
- An in-universe example occurs in Porno. Nikki and Rab write the script to the titular porno Seven Rides For Seven Brothers and Nikki is the star, but when the film has been edited, Sick Boy takes all the credit. Nobody is impressed, but when the police get onto Sick Boy, he is the one whose name is on everything.
Live Action TV
- Angry Boys. Chris Lilley served as creator, writer, director, producer, executive producer and composer... while playing all six main characters. He also wrote, co-produced and starred (also as multiple characters) in his previous two series, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year.
- Louis C.K. is the writer, producer, director, editor, and star of the sitcom Louie.
- Lena Dunham writes, produces, directs, and stars in her HBO series Girls.
- Jack Webb served as the producer-director-star of Dragnet as well as the revival series Dragnet 1967.
- M*A*S*H. Over the course of eleven seasons, Alan Alda slowly gravitated to various different jobs on the show; aside from just playing Hawkeye, he eventually began writing for the show, then directing for the show, and finally became an unofficial showrunner with producer Burt Metcalfe after the departures of co-creators/producers Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds (the latter also served as co-creative consultant with Alda).
- Spoof example - Garth Marenghis Darkplace credits Garth Merenghi as writer, director, producer, star and even sneaks in a composer credit ('based on tunes whistled by').
- SMILF is a TV show created by, written by, executive produced by and starring one Frankie Shaw.
- Similarly, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was co-created, co-executive produced, co-written, and stars Rachel Bloom. It helps, however, that her co-writer and co-creator, Aline Brosh McKenna is the actual showrunner of the show.
- Jean-Luc Azoulay, creator of many French TV favourites such as Club Dorothée and Les Filles d'à côté liked to be heavily credited for his shows, generally under his alias of Jean-François Porry.
- An in-universe example comes from Wrestling/WWENXT for the credits of Tyler Breeze's music video for his theme song #Mmmgorgeous He wrote the song, performed the song, inspired the song/video, edited the video, produced the video, directed the video. He's also in the special thanks section and is listed as Most Gorgeous.
- Touhou might be the ultimate example, "Team Shanghai Alice" consists of one man, who normally does all of the graphics, sound and programming for each game himself.
- The Valve new employee handbook states that this is the company's default mode of operations. It notes that this is part of why they only have a plain alphabetized list for their credits.
- In Super Turrican for the NES, all four names credited with the game's development are Manfred Trenz.
- In The Demented Cartoon Movie, the credits for the extremely short "abbridged version" are "Brian Kendall presents / A Brian Kendall Production / Of a Brian Kendall Film." A more pedantic version of this opens the actual movie, with the end replaced with Blah Blah Blah.
- The credits of Christopher Bores' show Haunted Investigators list Bores as Executive Producer, Editor, Post Production and Music Editor. No one else is credited apart from a "Special thanks to all parties responsible for making this show possible" credit.
- The early seasons of Red vs. Blue have just about everything but the music done by Burnie Burns, though later ones downplayed this for him. The Chorus Trilogy had Miles Luna writing, directing, voicing Felix, and editing, along with doing machinimating, compositing and casting in two of the seasons. And in Season 15, Joe Nicolosi wrote, directed, edited, voiced Jax Jonez, performed a song in the end credits and did some compositing.
- Bambi Meets Godzilla. Written-animated-directed-costumes-set dressing by Marv Newland, although in this case it crosses over with Credits Gag.
- Aristomenis Tsirbas had the story written, the characters designed and most of the animatics done for Battle for Terra. Snoot Entertainament needed only to add post-production effects and sign on voice acting talent to make this work suitable for Lionsgate distributorship.
- South Park: Trey Parker is credited as co-creator, co-executive producer, writer, director, additional music, and also voices half the cast. Matt Stone does slightly less.
- In-universe example: In The Critic, Le Artiste et Mort, Jay's student film from college, was written, directed, starred, and catered by Jay himself.
- On Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bill Scott worked as a co-producer, writer, and voice actor. However, he opted not to receive screen credit for the latter two positions, specifically to avoid this trope.
- A few of the Hashimoto-san shorts would have creator Bob Kuwahara credited for directing, writing, and animating.