Star Cinema is a Filipino movie studio and is also one of the major film imprints by Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, with the second being Black Sheep Productions, a secondary subsidiary of the latter television company. It was established in 1993 as a successor to Vision Films and later became a division of ABS-CBN Corporation. The company specializes in production and distribution of films and television series and has released some of the highest-grossing Filipino films. In early April 2022, ABS-CBN signed a contract with rival GMA Network to air some of Star Cinema's films on the latter's network.
Star Cinema Productions
1st Logo (1993-2000)
- 1993-1994: On a blinking starfield background, an icy blue stellar dodecahedron flies in from the left and revolves around the center as the words "STAR CINEMA" fly in from the right and become illuminated by the spiked star, becoming a crystal white color. As the words pan from left to right, the camera rotates around them and when it gets to the end, they zoom out and position themselves into a straight position as the star rests as a 6-pointed star. It then glows a white aura, morphing into a flat sunburst-like shape, as a ball of light flies in, revealing "PRODUCTIONS INC." below, also in white.
- 1994-2000: On a black/blue gradient background (similar to the Viva Films and the V. Rich Film logos of the time), a spiked crystal ball flies in, looking much like the 1987 DiC logo's star, as the camera follows it to see the words "STAR CINEMA", in the same font as before but in white, panning from left to right. The camera then zooms out to reveal the full text as the star goes above it, transforming into the same shape from before but with a more crystal-like "3D" look to it. A ball of light then appears and brings up "PRODUCTIONS INC." below, this time in a Helvetica font.
- A short version exists.
- A warped version can be found on Puso ng Pasko.
- On Hey Babe!, the logo has a sky blue tint.
- On Wanted: Perfect Father, a black background is used. This might be because of film quality, however.
- At the end of some films such as Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara, Notoryus and Amanos: Patas na ang Laban, a print version of the logo is seen as part of the closing credits.
Music/Sounds: There are two themes:
- 1993-1994: An orchestral fanfare with pluck sounds.
- 1994-2000: A dark synth tune with violins, ending more triumphant.
- On Eskapo and Basta't Kasama Kita, a majestic theme with some beeps is heard. On the latter film, a whoosh is added to the music.
- On Adan Ronquillo: Tubong Cavite and Laking Tondo (the company’s first film), a "triumphant" version of the fanfare was used.
- On Wanted: Perfect Father, whooshes and zaps are added to the music.
- On Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, it is silent.
- On Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa, the opening theme is used.
- On Puso ng Pasko, a Christmas fanfare is heard.
- On Batang PX, the logo is high-pitched.
- The early variant is harder to find due to its short lifespan, but it can be found on Home Along Da Riles and pre-1994 films.
- The later version is more common, and examples including it are April, May, June, Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita and ’Di Pwedeng, Hindi Pwede! Most films from the period are distributed by Star Records Video (Star Home Video), Regal Home Video on VHS/VCD/DVD, and/or digitally restored using ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project.
2nd Logo (2000-2003)
Logo: On a space background, a blue comet appears and forms a yellow curve. It shines and a star emerges from it, which emits light rays that move from left to right. Then, the text "STAR CINEMA" flies in from the bottom and centers itself and shines. The logo fades out.
Variant: A short version was seen on Bagong Buwan.
Music/Sounds: A majestic fanfare, including a stock flute warbling (which was also heard on the Kinowelt logo) with whoosh sounds.
Music/Sounds Trivia: The music uses Peter Siedlaczek's "Orchestral Colours" sample library.
- On Pera o Bayong: Not Da TV, the opening theme is used.
- On Dekada '70, the logo is silent.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen mostly on early 2000s films, including Mila, Jologs, and Got 2 Believe.
Legacy: This logo marks the first appearance of the shooting star, which is still used to this day.
Star Cinema/ABS-CBN Film Productions
1st Logo (2nd logo placeholder) (February 11, 2004)
Logo: On a black/blue gradient background, we see a yellow spark making the yellow curve from before while the camera follows it. Lights are seen surrounding it after two seconds. When it finishes, the spark flashes to form the star from before, while the words "STAR CINEMA", "ABS" and "CBN", which are in glass zoom out and place themselves while emitting light rays. The latter two move to their normal positions to form the familiar name and then turn blue. The star glows, and "FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC" fades in below "ABS-CBN". A light appears on the star for a second.
- A prototype version of the logo is seen on TV commercials of Milan.
- On a trailer for Otso-Otso Pamela-mela Wan, the logo is slightly tinted gold.
Music/Sounds: Same as before.
Availability: Was only used as a placeholder logo for the film Milan.
2nd Logo (March 17, 2004-November 24, 2010)
Logo: On a black background with stars, an orange comet appears and starts to go faster, making a flash, which writes in the text "STAR CINEMA". "ABS-CBN" also writes in with the help of lights. The comet appears again and forms the curve, and makes the star when it finishes. It glows yellow for a few seconds, while "FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC" fades in below "ABS-CBN", just like before.
- A filmed version exists, where the text "FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC." is shadowed over the curve and the background is darkened.
- On several films, the logo fades out early when it's formed.
- On Feng Shui, the logo is tinted blue and cropped to an octagonal shape, resembling a mirror from the bagua.
- On Dubai, the last few seconds of the logo are in warp speed.
- On First Day High, the logo fades to outer space.
- On a trailer for Agent X44, the logo is in black and white.
- On a trailer for You Got Me, while the logo finishes forming, the logo zooms in and out, turns black and white and flips horizontally for split seconds.
- On a trailer for Sukob, the logo is zoomed out. The trailer of Cinco has the logo also zoomed out, but in a dark brown tint.
- On Dreamboy, You Are The One and When Love Begins, the logo stars off in the exact point where the comet flashes.
- On Villa Estrella, after the logo is formed, it fades to a body of water.
- On Cinco, the logo is on a dark red background, with the curve drawing and the star appearing before the texts fade in. It can also be seen on the film's audience reaction commercials.
- Currently, on restored prints of films made by the company, the logo is in a brown or a slight gold tint.
Technique: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: Same as before, or the opening theme of the film.
Music/Sound Variants: On Dubai, the last few seconds of the logo's music is cut off and segues to the Ely Buendia's song "Alapaap" to start the film.
Availability: Uncommon. It began appearing on most Star Cinema produced films starting with Otso-otso Pamela-mela Wan (which used the 4th logo in the trailer). Also often seen on collaborations with Viva Films, including Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, A Very Special Love, and You Changed My Life. Restored prints have the ABS-CBN logo and extra credits preceding it.
3rd Logo (December 25, 2010-May 2013)
Logo: It begins with the first second from the previous logo, but it looks different and the star starts to move around. It moves close to the center to become the star in the curve, while the curve starts drawing. The "STAR CINEMA" and "ABS-CBN" texts fade in and glow, and later "FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC.". The curve shines and the background becomes a field of stars.
Music/Sounds: A piano theme which transforms into a beautiful fanfare. It is the only 21st century Star Cinema logo to use a different theme (not a rearrangement/re-orchestration of the 2000 fanfare).
Music/Sounds Variant: The 2000 fanfare can be heard on the 2012 film of The Strangers.
Availability: Common on recent Filipino films, including Bulong. It also appears on Viva Films collaborations, like Catch Me... I'm in Love.
4th Logo (20th anniversary variant) (May 24, 2013-November 26, 2014)
Logo: On a starfield, we see a star, leaving a yellow trail, zooming to us. It then zooms out while spinning to the left, and a filmstrip moves around to stop it. The filmstrip appears again and the letters of "STAR CINEMA" appear scrolling to the left while spinning. The filmstrip moves to the center and dissapears again, then appears again when the letters are gone. The filmstrip starts forming a "0" on the star while another filmstrip comes and forms a "2", making the "20". "STAR CINEMA" fades in below the logo and rotates to face us, and "ABS-CBN FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC.", with "ABS-CBN" in its corporate font, also fades in below.
Music/Sounds: The fanfare from the 2000 logo.
- On Momzillas, whooshes and sparkles were added to the fanfare.
- On some films, like Bride for Rent, the fanfare from the 3rd logo is used.
Availability: Common. First seen on On the Job. It can be found on films by the company of this time period before the revamped logo was introduced, including Four Sisters and a Wedding and She's Dating the Gangster.
1st Logo (December 25, 2014-May 16, 2018)
Logo: On a space background with clouds, we see a golden star rotating and moving towards the left. A sun can be seen on the right of the screen. The star leaves sparks during the spinning. When it stops, a golden curve forms and flashes a red light. The words "STAR CINEMA" zoom out, tilted over the finished product. The star sparkles red. The white byline "AN ABS-CBN COMPANY" (with ABS-CBN uses its 2014 horizontal logo, while the "A" and "COMPANY" is in Gotham typeface) fades in.
Trivia: The font used in this logo is Akzidenz-Grotesk, whereas the print logo uses Gotham for the name instead.
Variant: On an older YouTube print of Loving in Tandem, the widescreen variant of the logo is cropped in the Cinemascope format, covering the byline. Current prints use the normal Cinemascope cropping.
Music/Sounds: Same as before.
Availability: Common. Seen on Filipino films starting with The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin and Feng Shui 2. Other films including these are Always be My Maybe (2016), A Second Chance (2015 film sequel to the 2007 film One More Chance), Crazy Beautiful You, Just the Way You Are (2015), My Ex and Whys and Sin Island. The logo is absent on certain foreign films distributed by the studio.
2nd Logo (July 11, 2018-February 18, 2022)
Logo: On a black background, we see blue, green and red rings from the ABS-CBN logo. The letter "C" with film strip holes appears with the star outline, while the rest of the words "STAR CINEMA" place on the "C" before we zoom out. Then the star wipes in diagonally and glows in yellow.
Variant: On a trailer for Quezon's Game, the logo plays in black and white while in warp speed, then after the logo forms, it turns into color.
Music/Sounds: A rearranged, shorter version of the familiar Star Cinema fanfare.
Music/Sounds Variant: The 2000 fanfare can be heard on Hello, Love, Goodbye and Unbreakable (both released in 2019).
Availability: Common. Found on newer productions including First Love (2018), The Girl in the Orange Dress, Hello, Love, Goodbye and Four Sisters Before the Wedding. The last film to use this was On the Job: The Missing 8. It's usually preceded by the ABS-CBN Films logo.
3rd Logo (October 21, 2022-)
Logo: On a black background, we see many yellow particles all move to the bottom left of the screen to form into a star. Then, as the black background turns into white, the star flies from the bottom left to the middle moving in a circular line, and draws a yellow oval line, while the screen zooms in. After that, the text "STAR CINEMA" in the Arimo font zooms in cheaply, and the star with the line shines.
Technique: 2D animation.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the trailer.
Availability: Brand new. First seen on the trailer of their upcoming film, An Inconvenient Love, on their official channel.
Legacy: This logo marks the return of the shooting star after a four-year absence.