Trigger Street Productions

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Trigger Street Productions is an American entertainment production company formed by Kevin Spacey in 1997 and further developed by his business partner Dana Brunetti. Shortly after the company was formed, they had signed a deal with Fine Line Features in order to release films for a two-year period. In 2001, they were signed to a contract with film financer Intermedia in order to finance future features for a first-look deal, which resulted in the founder's involvement in producing K-PAX.

In January 2016, it was announced that Relativity Media, which was just emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, had acquired the company and that Spacey would become chairman whilst Brunetti would become the studio's president. However, Spacey opted out of assuming the job for Relativity, when the paperwork for the studio was filed for the court. By the end of 2016, Brunetti had also left Relativity whilst both remained executive producers on House of Cards and Manhunt.

The company name is a reference to an actual street in Spacey's boyhood home of Chatsworth, where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (and Roy's horse Trigger) had their ranch. Spacey and his childhood friends dreamed of opening a neighborhood theater where they could stage their own productions. In 2011, the company signed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and had launched their television division with a deal at Fox 21 Television Studios in 2015.

1st Logo (January 18, 2003)

Logo: Scrolling up in the credits, we see a white filmstrip reel with the inside containing a road zooming down with clouds. Underneath is the text "TRIGGER STREET", in an Arial font.

Technique: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the film.

Availability: Seen at the end of The United States of Leland.


2nd Logo (December 17, 2004)

Logo: We fade into a blue background as a black filmstrip reel is seen rolling while the inside pans down to the road zooming down with clouds on the horizon. The text "TRIGGERSTREET" with "PRODUCTIONS" smaller and spaced out to fit the length above is seen below, with "STREET" in a white color. The entire logo is seen blurry at first, but then gains focus. The road inside the filmstrip continues zooming down until it fades out.

Technique: The logo gaining focus and the road zooming down.

Music/Sounds: A few seconds of silence, followed by six clicks.

Availability: Seen on Beyond the Sea.

Legacy: A wasted effort, since this only appeared on one film.

3rd Logo (May 1, 2006-)

Logo: On a black background, a filmstrip reel with a image of a road zooming down fades in as the holes on either side of them begin to glow. The reel then moves upward as the camera then zooms into the image of the road. After a few seconds, a filmreel moves back on the background as it scrolls past, then we see a large flash underneath forming the company name from before (now in a full white color). As it does this, the filmreel stops moving while the road inside fades into full color as the logo slowly zooms in and stops quickly before fading out.

Variants:

  • A print version is seen at the end of 21.
  • On House of Cards, the logo is cut-short, starting when the company name forms.

Technique: The filmreels, the zooming down of the road, and the company name flashing.

Music/Sounds: Starts out with a nice orchestral tune combined with a filmreel rolling; which then turns into a calming piano theme held throughout as the image zooms in. A deep whoosh is heard when the filmstrip pulls back; followed by a brief whoosh when the company name forms, causing the piano to stop. Sometimes, it's silent.

Availability: More common than the last two logos. Seen on films such as Mini's First Time, Columbus Day, Fanboys, Shrink, Father of Invention, and the end of 21. However, this doesn't appear on The Social Network, Safe, Captain Phillips or the Fifty Shades trilogy. Also seen on the Netflix series House of Cards, as well as the first season of Manhunt.

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