VTO Pictures

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

This was an adult company based in Hannover, managed by German-Polish porn star Teresa Orlowski along with then-husband Hans Moser.

1st Logo (1985-1988)

Visuals: Set on a zooming starfield background is a picture, consisting of a steel blue-white vertical gradient grid against a black-blue-white gradient sky background with three clouds and a dark planet on the top of the frame, slowly floating across the screen before covering it. The black portion of the image is transparent, allowing the animation of the starfield to be intact on the top of the picture. "VTO" in a connected format and chrome texture appears from the planet and flies and stretches its way to the centre of the screen. After becoming large, the logo compresses horizontally and slides downwards to make room for a copy of the logo with "PICTURES", in a shiny cursive font with a black outline, underneath and placed over it, to slide in through a page turning effect, only for it to zoom out and twist away. The background flies away to reveal the starfield background from earlier, and three rows of text "Video Teresa Orlowski". A clockwise rotating fuzzy star outline passes through the right underneath, revealing "presents".

Technique: Analog computer animation.

Audio: A synthesized new wave soundtrack including hard rock elements.

Availability: It is seen on various blue movies, such as Hot Summer Nights, Mr Billion's Dollar Babies and Robofox 2.

2nd Logo (1988-1990)

Visuals: On a black background, a light yellow pillar sweeps towards the screen, with a 5x4 red-aquamarine marble checkerboard object sliding in from the left, with each of the aquamarine cube's faces replaced with video clips of blue movies. Whilst the screen pans over the checkerboard, more elements sweep in order, by appearance: a tall, pointy orange triangle, a black twenty-eight sided irregular shape pillar, a white stylized pillar, four magenta-white transparent circle rows that range from big to small, another yellow stylized pillar, a stretching orange rectangle with black rounded stripes, a salmon bolt-shaped pillar, a twisting transparent reflective pointy triangle, changing from red to azure, a row of five turquoise-gold rings that slide by order below, and a twisted aquamarine shape. As the elements settle in it's respective orders, two yellow poles slide down towards the middle of the checkerboard, as the screen moves towards it, passing through the 2nd and 3rd rows of the rings, and thus panning upwards to reveal a downwards view of a stylized gray couch with indigo rectangles added by each face that is attached between the poles. As it gets more closer through below, it cuts to another shot from a downwards view, where the couch settles from the middle of the latter whilst the screen slides below, as well as a spiralized row of blue colored rectangles appearing from the 4th column and row. A hole caves in from the middle of the checkerboard, as well as a spotlight enlightening the flooring. A stylized white TV shape with two gray columns between the shape rises from the hole, as the screen goes to the back of the couch, sliding above it, and settling over the latter shape, with the screen showing a moving space background where it abruptly freezes. A cornflower blue plate with the model of the logo in a more contrast look, aswell as the full company name in red and between two horizontal bars zooms from the screen whilst rotating, as it settles. The screen zooms towards the TV shape's screen, with the stars from the background abruptly disappearing. Four sparkles appear from the logo's model.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A synth rendition of the theme from above, with subsequent whooshes.

Availability: Seen on various blue movies from the era, such as Casino Fortune.

3rd Logo (1990-1998)

Visuals: On a black background, there is an entrance with the serif "VTO" over it, between two horizontal lines. As the door opens, it leads to a blue-purple-gold gradient cloudy background. The poles, now colored lavender appear from above, alongside the elements (now colored in the blue, purple and yellow palettes, with a few certain ones in a steel-blue, and gradient color) and the checkerboard, now colored in dark purple and indigo colors. The elements settle into the latter, although the animation movements are reorganized. The screen pans over the animation sequence, before crossfading to another shot of the sequence as it passes between the 3rd and 4th rows of the rings, then through the middle as it pans upwards to reveal the same stylized couch sliding down, cutting it to another shot of the same sequence in a downwards view. The hole caves in from the middle, accompanied by the same TV shape rising in as the spotlight appears. The screen moves in the same way as above but without the downwards and upwards panning. The modeled "VTO" text and three streaks rotate and zoom over the screen, in which 'shatters' it, with the text settled in. The letters for "Pictures" are being formed by white trails individually whilst rotating, and settle in front of the latter text. The sequence behind them fade out.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A synth-pop rendition of the theme from the first logo, with subsequent whooshes and a shattering sound. On later years, this was changed to a deep, dramatic-like pulsating synth theme with different corresponding sounds.

Availability: Seen on their last blue movies from the era, such as Driving Miss Crazy and Geficktes Doppel.
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