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Logo descriptions by Hoa and mr3urious
Logo captures by Eric S. and V of Doom
Editions by Logophile, Hoa, mr3urious, Shadeed A. Kelly and Lee Cremeans
Video captures courtesy of Sagan Blob,
DudeThatLogo and Stephen Cezar


Background: Filmways Pictures was a film company which was a division of Filmways Television that was founded in 1980 from the acquisition of American International Pictures in 1979, and was folded into Orion Pictures Company in 1982. Filmways, Inc. was later reincorporated as "Orion Pictures Corporation" in June of that same year. Today, most of the Filmways movie library is owned by MGM.



1st Logo
(1980-1981)
Filmways Pictures (1978)



Nickname: "Constellation"

Logo: Set against a starry space BG, we see a bright star emit a beam of light to wipe in the words "FILMWAYS PICTURES, INC." in a curvy orange Denmark font. The star disappears, and after a while, the words zoom-up and slide away.

Variant: There's a variant in which the text is white and outlined in red (presumably due to film quality).

FX/SFX: The space background, the star wiping in the company name...

Cheesy Factor: ...which look fairly cheesy.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent. Some films, such as Dressed to Kill, have a laser sound followed by a UFO sound effect.


Availability: Very rare. Can be found on some films such as How to Beat the High Cost of Living, Pray TV, and the 1985 VHS release of The Wild Angels (originally released by American International Pictures). It is also seen on the 1993 Image Entertainment Laserdisc and 2002 Japanese MGM SE DVD of Dressed to Kill.


Scare Factor: Low.



2nd Logo
(1981-1983)
Filmways Pictures (1981)
Nickname: "Abstract F"

Logo:
On a black background, a round orange glow of light appears, which morphs into a bright light blue light. As stars and rays of light shoot by, we see the logo itself (two abstract 3-D "F" shapes, interlocking back-to-front into a medallion, with a metallic effect applied) appear in the blue light, and zoom towards the screen with a bright light in front of it that later flashes. Underneath, the words "FILMWAYS PICTURES" (in the same font as the 2nd television logo) fly back with a whitish blue light trail effect. Both the logo and the words turn solid as the lights fade, with the logo turning blue and the words white.

FX/SFX:
The logo forming amid the light effects, and the flying of the company name. This was all top-of-the-line motion-control work back in 1981, and it holds up pretty well.

Music/Sounds: Silent or the opening theme of any given film. On Comin' At Ya!, it used a triumphant fanfare.

Availability: Extremely rare. It can be seen on the Warner Home Video VHS of Death Wish II. Also seen on the MGM VHS and recent TMC prints of Full Moon High, and the 3-D movie Comin' At Ya! from Rhino Home Video, where the logo is unfortunately only in 2-D. This logo can also be found on VHS/Laserdisc prints and the Criterion DVD/Blu-ray of Blow Out. It can also be seen on the 1982 Embassy video release of Summer Lovers.

Scare Factor: None.


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