Scott Free Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Captures by
Eric S. and others

Editions by
Michael Bass, Eric S., Shadeed A. Kelly, Tobias Benson01‎, Prodigy012‎

Background

Scott Free Productions was founded in 1995 in the UK by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.

1st Logo (February 2, 1996-March 5, 2000)

Logo: On a black background, we see the text "SCOTT FREE", with the lower part of the letter "R" stretched a little longer and the whole text underlined.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the TV show.

Availability: Rare. The only film to use this logo was White Squall. It also appeared on the Showtime series The Hunger.

2nd Logo (September 25, 1998-)

Logo: On a black background, we see a man clad in monk-style clothing walking as a white light illuminates him. He lights up a cigarette, and a burst of light appears next to him. We then cut to another shot of the man smoking the cigarette, as he runs away against a yellow spotlight. His arms transform into wings, and he turns into a bird that flies across a multicolored background. The text "SCOTT FREE", in the same font as before, slide in underneath the bird before transforming into a weird font. The bird becomes a blue silhouette version, and the logo becomes still on a black background.

Trivia: This animation was made by Italian animator Gianluigi Toccafondo. He also did the logo for the Italian film distributor Fandango and the end credits animation for the Scott Free film Robin Hood.

Variants:

  • On TV shows, the logo is cut to the last few seconds.
  • On some films starting with A Good Year in 2006, the "SCOTT FREE" text is absent.
  • An in-credit version exists on The Pillars of the Earth and Jungleland.
  • The logo sometimes shares the screen with other logos.
  • On Life in a Day 2020, the logo is still, has a white background, and the text instead reads "RSA FILMS", Scott Free's parent company.
  • On The Last Duel (2021), the logo is dimmed down like the 20th Century Studios and the Pearl Street Films logos.

Technique: Oil paint/pastel animation.

Music/Sounds: The logo begins with dark whooshing sounds and deep drums, as well as a match-striking sound. A Native American-sounding wind instrument piece is then heard as the man turns into a bird. Otherwise, it's the opening theme of the movie, in the case of the Vimeo ident “Scott Free” Logo For Scott Free, an alternate version of the audio is heard with different sounds and women humming throughout the instrument piece, which is an octave lower, or in the case of Black Hawk Down, none.

Availability: Common. It was first seen on Clay Pigeons and has appeared on the majority of the company's films since then. However, it does not appear on Gladiator, Hannibal, or The A-Team. The short version can be seen on The Company, The Good Wife and Numb3rs. The print logo for the company is a regular bird with "SCOTT FREE" in the same font as the last logo.

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