Nestor Film Company

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Nestor Film Company was a film company that was founded in 1909 in Bayonne, New Jersey by the Horsley brothers and was initially the West Coast unit of the Centaur Film Company. Known as the first studio actually within the Hollywood area, the company opened a film stage there on October 27, 1911. Several months later, the Nestor Film Company merged with the then-recently founded Universal Film Manufacturing Company alongside many other film companies. Nestor would become a brand name for Universal until 1917.

Logo (1909-1919)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a white circle expanding in the center, revealing "NESTOR" in a normal font slightly spaced out and bulged. A few seconds later, the circle shrinks.


  • On the title cards of their various films, the circle usually appears on the top half of the screen. Not only that, but the text is closer together, thicker, more bulged, and is in a different font.
    • On Her Indian Hero, the logo is within a circular, ornate picture frame.
    • On The Girl Ranchers, the text is thinner and less blocky.
    • On The Boy Mayor, the logo is black with the text in white.

Technique: What appears to be a spotlight.

Audio: None.

Availability: The animated variant was resurfaced on Her Indian Hero. The title card variant was seen on many of their movies such as The Girl Ranchers and The Boy Mayor. Many of their films have been destroyed, making this difficult to find. Otherwise, if any films from them survived, try finding old prints.

Legacy: This is one of the earliest animated logos on the site, being produced in 1909, before other companies had animated logos.

Nestor Film Company
Universal Film Manufacturing Company
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