Cinépix Film Properties

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

In 1994, Cinépix acquired Famous Players' share of C/FP, which was renamed to "Cinépix Inc. Distribution" two years later, then again to Cinépix Film Properties that same year. At the time, its assets included a 56% stake in animation company CinéGroupe. In 1997, Cinépix was purchased by Canadian financier Frank Giustra and CFP was renamed to "Lions Gate Films" on January 12, 1998.

Logo (1996-1999)


Visuals: On an evening background above with water below (a la the 1989 Atlantis Communications logo) is the sun setting and coloring everything in a bluish tint. Then, the silver word "CFP" (in a slim variation of the Adobe Revue font) slowly rises out of the water to face the camera. Then it spins and changes into "CiNEPiX" in the same font. Finally, "FILM PROPERTIES" fades in underneath "CiNEPiX" at the right corner.

Variants:

  • A filmed version exists where the logo zooms out while spinning.
  • A few movies may have the sky in dark gray.
  • Current prints of Johnny Skidmarks have the logo colored in a sepia tint.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A spacey synth tune with a sawblade-like note as "CFP" rises from the water, which takes on a more majestic, orchestral tone as "CFP" changes into "CiNEPiX", and finally a tubular bell toll as "FILM PROPERTIES" fades in. It is almost similar in arrangement to the C/FP Distribution music.

Availability:

  • Seen on Canadian CFP video releases with the sentence "DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY BY CFP etc...", as well on theatrical releases of the era such as Johnny Skidmarks.
  • While this is plastered on a regular basis with any of the Lionsgate logos on most current releases (sometimes with the logo theme intact oddly), it is retained on some Canadian Lions Gate DVDs of films such as Baby on Board (1992), Silent Trigger, Nemesis 4: Death Angel, and The Peacekeeper.
  • This also appears on streaming prints of Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation (but not the DVDs, even though they use the same master).
C/FP Distribution
Cinépix Film Properties
Lionsgate Films