Cross Creek Pictures

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Cross Creek Pictures is an American film production studio founded in 2009 by Timmy, Tyler and Todd Thompson. In September 2011, the company signed a deal with Universal Pictures, where the studio would release at least six of Cross Creek's productions over the following three years. In late 2015, they signed a new three-year distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The name was derived from a train station that was in New Zealand.

1st Logo (December 3, 2010-September 28, 2013)

Visuals: The screen fades into a rocky mountain scenery with a train track against a dark cloudy sky as a train runs down and the camera zooms into the left. When we get closer to the train, it zooms in further as windows pass by rapidly against a dark background, revealing three small squares consisting of black, gray and white with "crosscreek" on the top left and "pictures" below it on the bottom-right, as the finished result shows it on a very dark gray-green background.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The sounds of a train chugging with a whistle, ending with a film reel.

Availability: Seen on films from the era beginning with Black Swan and ending with The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet.

2nd Logo (September 19, 2014-)

Visuals: The screen fades/cut into a cloudy backdrop as the camera then pulls back, making way for a train to come in as it rides down a track against a much more detailed landscape than before. As we get to a comfortable distance from the track, it passes by the camera very closely (with sparks hitting out of it for a split-second) as the windows pass through, forming the company name from before; this time in CGI (resembling that of dark brown gradients) with the text also in 3D and silver as it briefly shines.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: Nearly the same as before, or the opening theme of the movie.

Audio Variant: At the end of American Made, the logo is silent. The TV airings have the credits music playing over.

Availability: Seen on films from the company beginning with A Walk Among the Tombstones.

  • This logo does not appear on Roman J. Israel, Esq, despite the company being involved.
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