Escape Artists

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Escape Artists is a production company formed in 2001 when Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal's Black & Blu merged with The Steve Tisch Company. Although the company's first production was A Knight's Tale in 2001, no on-screen logo was used until 2005 with the release of The Weather Man.

1st Logo (October 28, 2005-August 8, 2012)

Visuals: On a black background, a white silhouette of a running man shines itself in with light beaming towards the screen and eases back slightly. As it does this, a blue eye beams itself in as the man rests on the pupil. As the light begins to die down, the word "ESCAPE" fades in below and each letter scrolls left and right respectively. As it shines, "A R T I S T S" in a thin white font fades in below. The light from the eye still shines a bit during the rest of the animation.

Variant: On Hope Springs, the logo is shortened, fading in as the eye appears.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the movie.

Audio Variant: Hope Springs has a calm piano tune composed by Theodore Shapiro.

Availability: Seen on The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs.

2nd Logo (July 18, 2014-)

Visuals: The camera moves through a glass labyrinth with the red word "ESCAPE" reflected everywhere. A silhouetted man runs frantically through the maze until he dives into a pit with the camera following suit. The camera suddenly zooms out to an above view of the labyrinth which is revealed to be in the shape of an eye. The eye turns from glass to silver as it moves to the center of the screen. The name "ESCAPE ARTISTS" is seen below.

Variant: On TV series, the logo is either shortened or still.

Technique: CGI by ZERO VFX.

Audio: None or the opening theme.

Audio Variant: ZERO VFX's official upload of the logo has an intense, action-oriented string-led fanfare; this has yet to be heard on a film.

Availability: It debuted on Sex Tape and also appears on The Equalizer films, Troop Zero, A Journal for Jordan, Being the Ricardos, and The Man from Toronto. Most films do not feature this logo, such as Unfinished Business, Southpaw, Fences, The Magnificent Seven (2016), Roman J. Israel, Esq., and The Upside. It also appears on the TV series Servant, Perpetual Grace LTD, and Dr. Death.

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