Motion Picture Corporation of America

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Logo descriptions by kidinbed
Logo and video captures courtesy of Eric S., Paperking99, and Composers4Africa

Background: The Motion Picture Corporation of America is a film production company founded in 1986 by Brad Krevoy. The company did not use a logo until late 1988.


1st Logo
(September 1988-March 21, 2003)
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Nicknames: "Shooting Stars", "Metal Stars", "Space Marble", "Bevel Marble", "Space Eagle"

Logo: On a space background, two stars shoot across the screen: one from left to right, the other from right to left. As the stars shoot across the screen, they leave behind a red/white trail, which becomes part of a marble background that slowly flies up toward the screen. While the marble background flies up, we see that there's a silver filmstrip with an outline of an eagle head at the front of the filmstrip some dots/stars at the end (the MPCA logo). Two stars fly toward the filmstrip and fall into 2 spaces inside the dots/stars at the end of the filmstrip. Soon, the text, in white:


MOTION PICTURE
CORPORATION OF AMERICA
fades in.

Variants:
  • There is an in-credit logo seen at the end of Beverly Hills Ninja, Bio-Dome, and many other films.
  • A CGI version was introduced in 1991 starting with Driving Me Crazy.
FX/SFX: The stars and their trails, the marble background flying up, the stars falling into the filmstrip, the text fading in. Simple but very good CGI is put to use.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the movie. Some films had two twinkling sounds when the stars fly by, leading into a calming synth orchestral fanfare.

Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on several low-to-medium-budget horror films and comedies, most notably Dumb and Dumber and Sketch Artist.

Editor's Note: None.



2nd Logo
(July 11, 2003-January 5, 2011)
Motion Picture Corporation of America (2004)

Nickname: "Space Eagle of Doom"

Logo:On a black background, we see a extreme close-up of the logo with time-lapse shots of clouds. The logo rapidly moves and and the background become space. "Motion Picture Corporation of America" appears below and the logo becomes blue and red, with no stars/dots. It moves away and the name gets sucked in.

Variant:A longer version of the logo exists.

FX/SFX: The background and logo moving. For 2003, this was a good effort.

Music/Sounds: A bunch of swooshes with either a dramatic fanfare, an opera singer, or just the sounds.

Availability: Uncommon.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo
(July 29, 2011- )
Motion Picture Corporation of America (2011)
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Logo: On a black background we see the silver letters "MPCA" unfold with multiple copies of the letters behind them. The letters then proceed to shine and the name appears below.

Trivia: The logo was made and animated at Filmograph (formerly known as Becker Design).

FX/SFX: The logo unfolding and shining.

Music/Sounds: A calm piano theme, ending with two choral notes. In many cases, the logo is silent.

Availability: Can be seen on newer releases from the company such as Princess for Christmas, and One in the Chamber. It can also be seen at the Filmograph official website.

Editor's Note: None.