GK Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


GK Films is a British/American film and television production company founded in 1990 by English film producer Graham King, located in Santa Monica, California. In 2005, the firm, which was known as Initial Entertainment Group at that time, signed a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

1st Logo (March 6, 2009)

Visuals: There is a panorama of the city where the camera zooms out in blue skies. The ladder appears to be sticking out of the clouds, the shadow man climbs it and switches the lamp on. When it lights, the white letters of GK FILMS appear, and we can see starfield above and clouds below. The ladders becomes I, and man jumps off and hides himself behind L.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: A soft orchestral theme composed by Andrew Hagen.

Availability: Appears on the first GK movie The Young Victoria.

2nd Logo (January 29, 2010-)

Visuals: There is a close-up of a giant dirty-white construction of "GK" letters, whose parts are disarranged. When the screen zooms out, the letters get into normal view and a soft flash creates "films". The flash is behind "f". There are also some light effects in the background.

Variant: On Camelot and Continuum, "films" is replaced by "-tv" and the logo is tinted in the colors of brown and blue.

Technique: CGI by Devastudios.

Audio: A dramatic fanfare composed by Simone Benyacar and Craig Stuart Garfinkle, or the opening theme.

Availability: Seen on current movies by Graham King like The Town and Edge of Darkness.

3rd Logo (Argo variant) (October 12, 2012)

Visuals: On a black background, the GK Films print logo from before zooms out and spins to the middle of the screen, as several copies of it streak out, a la the CBS Special Presentation opening.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: None.

Availability: Only seen on Argo.

Initial Entertainment Group
GK Films
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