Starz Feature Presentation

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

1st Open (1994-2002)

Visuals: Over a background of several blue spotlights, there is a bird's-eye-view of a bronze version of the 1994-2005 Starz logo, which consists of the bold text "STARZ!" with a star that has another star cut out of it on top of the text, standing on a golden structure made up of two semicircle-like shapes (it kind of looks like the Sydney Opera House). The camera then zooms down, and then back up again to see that the Starz logo is now on top of a hovering blue disc with copies of the text "encore 8" (a reference to the fact that Starz originally started as one of eight multiplex Encore channels) spinning around and around under it, as well as two crossing searchlights in the background. Another blue disc comes up under "encore", and as this happens, another blue disc with some filmstrip holes spinning under it and the giant text "FEATURE" above it, with "PRESENTATION" in a tiny font underneath spins in under it all.

Technique: CGI by Pittard Sullivan.

Audio: An ascending synthesized orchestral fanfare.

2nd Open (2002-2005)

Visuals: The sequence starts on a sky background with the text "STARZ!" to the left. A water ripple effect then occurs and brings forth a transparent sequence of several black stairs and yellow filmstrips being zoomed through and spinning. It reveals itself as the star from the previous logo, which spins on the top of the "STARZ!" text from the previous logo and "FEATURE PRESENTATION" below it, which appear by sliding out ala the Thames Television logo.

Technique: CGI from To the Post.

Audio: A triumphant orchestral piece.

3rd Open (2005-2008)

Visuals: There is a shot of a distant building at night. Then, all of a sudden, a blue shooting star comes out of nowhere and crashes into the screen, causing a flash that transitions to several zoom outs of the entire city the building is in, showing a wavy cloth pattern, resembling a sky aurora, along with several other blue stars. After we see a full skyline shot of the city, a star then shoots to the left side of the screen and forms a hand-drawn star. It also causes the skyline to disappear and the background to become entirely composed of the wavy cloth pattern. The star is enclosed in an out-of-place bar in the middle of the screen, and the text "starz", in a bold font unlike the previous logo, appears under it. The shiny chrome text "FEATURE PRESENTATION" is next to the formation of what is the 2005-2008 Starz logo, which, like described, composes of a blue crudely-drawn star with the text "starz" under it. The bar then "splits" and becomes horizontal, and the text "The following feature is rated (MPAA RATING)" fades in above. Below it, boxes containing information on tech specs, as well as "In high definition where available" fades in. Then, with the exception of G or, rarely, PG movies, it fades away as more boxes containing info on the film's content fades in.

Technique: CGI and live action, done by UVPH in New York.

Audio: A majestic string fanfare, ending with five notes, a signature that would be used in other opens for the other Starz networks at the time.

4th Open (2008-2011)

Visuals: There are several camera and time-lapse shots of several things, such as people walking down a street, two kids frolicking in flowers, clouds billowing, a couple looking at a sunset and two kids catching fireflies in crystal-shaped jars, each one having an orange tint or something orange-colored in it. After the final clip is shown, a burst of orange light occurs, making the clip disappear and several things to happen. The black text "starz" (now in a completely modified font with a star placed between the "a" and the "r") zooms out against the light, the light dies down and several lens flares appear. The text then disappears to reveal the zooming in text "FEATURE PRESENTATION", which has various sparkles bursting out as it zooms in. The picture then fades out and in again, revealing a new screen with the text "THE FOLLOWING IS RATED (rating)", with the rating placed against another light, and three tech spec boxes next to it. Stereo is represented by a pair of headphones, closed captioning is the CC symbol, and Spanish availability is the text "ESP". The screen then fades out to reveal boxes representing the film's content. On G-rated films and some PG-rated films, it stays on the tech spec/rating screen.

Technique: A mix of live-action and CGI, done by Troika Design Group.

Audio: An anthemic rock theme with a gospel choir midway through singing "Whoaaaaaa....shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!". It then closes with 5 notes very similar to the signature 5 notes used in the previous logo and slowly draws out with a repeating guitar riff and 4 piano notes. The music in this logo was produced by PrimalScream Music (not to be confused with the Scottish band with the same name).

5th Open (2011-2013)

Visuals: A similar concept to the previous bumper, except between the new clips some old ones appear, the color tint is now both orange and sky blue, and there are several rays of light and sparkles coming out from the clips. Clips include a man standing up on an ocean, and light shining through a tree. After the tree clip is played, the Starz logo from before zooms out on a sparkly orange-blue-white gradient background, revealing it was played in the "a"-"r" star in the word. The logo flashes, and it appears on top of the sliding text "FEATURE PRESENTATION". The bumper fades out and in again, revealing the same ratings/tech spec screen from before, but now against the new background. Like before, unless it is a G movie or a very occasional PG movie, it fades into another screen showing the film's content.

Technique: A mix of live-action and CGI, done by Troika Design Group.

Audio: A rock theme with a repeating eight-note piano riff. When the Starz logo appears, it changes to the eight-note bass riff that is similar to the five-note Starz fanfare and slowly draws out with a repeating piano.

6th Open (2013-2016)

Visuals: The screen zooms through several black/white/bright green/orange/yellow-colored "vines" to reveal a blank black space. The Starz logo, with "NOW (show/movie title)" underneath it, fades in on the top right corner of the screen.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A short electronic theme with an announcer saying "And now, your feature presentation."

Availability: Seen on all Starz channels from 2013-16.

7th Open (2016-2022)

Visuals: On a background that looks like the 5th Starz Originals logo is the 2016 Starz logo appearing with presents under the logo on the top screen, and the movie title appears under it.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: A short drumroll followed by two notes.

Availability: Seen on all Starz and Starz Encore channels.

8th Open (2022-)

Visuals: On a background that resembles the sixth Starz Originals logo is the current Starz logo appearing with presents under the logo on the top screen, and the movie title appears under it.

Technique: Practical effects enhanced with CGI by Loyalkaspar and FX WRX.

Audio: A short drumroll followed by two notes.

Availability: Seen on all Starz and Starz Encore channels.

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