First Look Studios

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


First Look Pictures was formed in 1993 as the North American distribution unit of Overseas Filmgroup, a Los Angeles-based film company that was established in 1980. In January 2001, as part of a restructuring, the companies formed a holding company known as First Look Media (not to be confused with the news organization of the same name). In July 2005, First Look Media merged with Capital Entertainment into First Look Studios, which Nu Image acquired a majority stake in in March 2007. In November 2010, First Look went bankrupt; sister company Millennium Films acquired its film library and assets afterwards, reorganizing it as their distribution company.

First Look Pictures

1st Logo (August 25, 1994-January 21, 2000)

Visuals: There is a light blue stylized "F" made of two triangles. The words "FIRST LOOK PICTURES", each below the other, appear one after one. Below is the byline "A Division of Overseas Filmgroup".

Variant: There is a variant with the "F" in the center, "FIRST LOOK PICTURES" above, and "RELEASING" below.

Technique: Motion-controlled animation.

Audio: An orchestra winding up with an "Ahem!" and a ding, or none.

Availability: Appears on Mesmer, A Map of the World, Party Girl, Antonia's Line, and other films; some international releases contain the Overseas Filmgroup logo.

2nd Logo (September 10, 1999-2001)

Visuals: On a white background, there are the words "FIRST", "LOOK", and "PICTURES" in an Arial Black font stacked on top of each other, in varying sizes to match their length.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on The Wedding Party and Something More.

First Look Media

Logo (2001-2006)

Visuals: There is light blinks on a small glass sphere. It zooms out and being cut in half, along with the distorted triangle to the left. The words "FIRST LOOK" with "MEDIA" appear below.

Variants: There is a variant in which "PICTURES" or "INTERNATIONAL" (for international distribution prints starting in 2003; formerly Overseas Filmgroup) appears in place of "MEDIA". This version has the byline "A DIVISION OF FIRST LOOK MEDIA" below.

Technique: Live-action and CGI.

Audio: Soft chime bell sounds or none.

Availability: Can be seen on films such as Doctor Sleep (2002), Epicenter, Elling, Skins and Lawless Heart. This also plasters or (not often) precedes the Overseas Filmgroup logo on recent domestic prints of its films.

First Look Studios

Logo (2006-2010)

Visuals: There is an image of a sea at sunrise with clouds moving. Then, the area around the screen darkens, and a bright flash occurs as it goes into an image of a green eye. The lens flare moves off to the right as "FIRST LOOK STUDIOS" fades in above and below, respectively.

Variant: There is a variant in which "PICTURES" appears in place of "STUDIOS". This is usually seen on trailers.

Technique: Live-action and CGI.

Audio: A short piano tune that ends in a five-note orchestral fanfare.

Audio Variant: On Aqua Team Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, the opening theme of the movie is heard.

Availability: Can be seen on films produced/distributed by them from the era. The Pictures variant appeared on Aqua Team Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.

Overseas Filmgroup
First Look Studios
Millennium Entertainment
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