Studio TriTe

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Studio TriTe (Студия ТриТэ; i.e. Three T) was founded by the famous Russian film director Nikita Mikhalkov in 1987. The name of the studio means the composition of three T's (Товарищество, Творчество, Труд). The studio began using an animated logo in 2004, though a pair of print versions were seen before.

1st Logo (November 2, 1994)

Visuals: In a white rhombus, there is a black bear holding three T letters folded into each other. Below is the text "STUDIO TRITE (RUSSIE)". The left half is occupied by the French studio Camera One logo. This is a still logo.

Technique: This logo is a printed image made using traditional ink and paint.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on the international print of Утомлённые солнцем. The Russian version usually removes the logos.

2nd Logo (March 10, 2002)

Visuals: It's the print version of the logo on a blue rhombus. The name is written in Russian.

Technique: Digital ink and paint.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on Азазель.

3rd Logo (February 7, 2004-October 22, 2005)

Visuals: With a blue light beaming from the left corner, there are three giant yellow letters T passing by each accompanied by the Russian word starting with T (see background). The screen moves after the letters, which are folded into the hands of a stylized brown bear standing in front. There are background lights coming from the pictures of Christ the Saviour Cathedral and the Kremlin. Below this picture, taken into frame, there is again these three words, then "СТУДИЯ ТРИТЭ" under in bigger font and "НИКИТЫ МИХАЛКОВА" even below.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A majestic theme with the repeats played with an organ.

Availability: Was used on 72 метра, Турецкий гамбит and the original release of Статский совѣтникъ (newer releases have the next logo).

4th Logo (September 20, 2007-)

Visuals: The logo starts on the black starfield with blue stars glowing and spreading light beams to each other, creating the net. The camera moves down as they do so, and see three glowing T's around, until the screen zooms out and see a constellation of a bear holding three T's. The bear is now polygonal with stars acting as vertices and just marked with borders, while the letters are more solid. Then below there are words "СТУДИЯ ТРИТЭ НИКИТЫ МИХАЛКОВА" and under it, three words again, separated with dots. The logo glows.

Variant: In later years, the visuals have been enhanced: the background now has dark-blue nebulae which clears out near the end, three glowing T's now draw in as outlines first instead of fading in solidly, the bear and T's are now flat shaded.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A long, slow, and rearranged version of the fanfare from the previous logo. The State Counsellor have the same music as the previous though.

Audio Trivia: This version of fanfare was later used as the theme song for Mikhalkov's show, Бесогон ТВ.

Availability: First used on 12 and 1612 movies, also seen on Утомлённые солнцем 2: Предстояние and its sequel Цитадель, Легенда №17, Шпион (Shpion), Экипаж and other films. It also plasters the previous logo on newer releases and airings of Статский совѣтникъ.

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