Val Morgan (Australia)

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Logo descriptions by OZ_Paramount87
Video captures courtesy of RecordCouncil

Background: Val Morgan is a cinema advertising network which operates in Australia and is owned by Hoyts. It has a virtual monopoly of the cinema advertising market, holding the advertising rights to every major cinema chain (Village, Event, Greater Union, Hoyts etc.) and the majority of Australia's independent cinemas.

1st (known) Logo
(mid to late 80s)

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  • 1st logo at 0:38
  • 3rd logo at 1:02
  • 4th logo at 1:18

Logo: On a black background we see a metallic rectangle with blue and brown reflective colours moving slowly towards us. When it stops a laser beam shoots across the top left of the screen. The box then sparkles and shines. The two more laser beams (one coming from left to right and the other vise versa) shoot the box the create the words "VAL MORGAN" on the top and "CINEMA ADVERTISING" on the bottom. The logo then constantly shines as another laser beam shoots across the top left.

FX/SFX: The shining, the laser-beam, the neon feel to it.

Music/Sounds: A suspenseful string tune followed by laser noises for the beams. A low synth note for the shining of the logo. Then when the letters are formed a triumphant eight note synth-brass tune, sounding similar to Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer", plays.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo
Val Morgan (1994)
Logo: We see a gold filmstrip character (resembling the AMC mascot) walking around a spinning film canister that has the words "1894-1994" written on the side. The filmstrip then dissolves into glitter and flies around and forms the Val Morgan logo with the words "CINEMA ADVERTISING" underneath. A spotlight with a red hue shines on the logo
FX/SFX: 3D CGI throughout the entire logo
Music/Sounds: A magical 90s synth piece that comes to a crescendo with drums and horns.
Avaliability: Extinct. Played in Australian and New Zealand cinemas at the time.
Editors Note: This is also a possibility that this logo continued past 1994 and that this logo debuted as a 100th anniversary logo.

3rd Logo
(late 90s-mid 2000s)
Val Morgan (1999)

Nicknames: "Always there", "Val Morgan VM"

Logo: We pan through a landscape filled with yellow bar lights and film canisters forming a purple road. Above we see golden filmstrip (looking a lot like the AMC mascot) riding a film canister. The camera cuts to close shot of a Saturn-like planet, however the planet is made up of the gold central light, dark lilac filmstrips and popcorn rings. The filmstrip surfs on the popcorn, knocking them out of orbit. About half-way round the filmstrip stops and notices the filmstrip planet (which actually has a giant face) staring at it. The filmstrip then continues surfing around the planet. When it finishes it's rotation the face moves to the right and a purple film strip with the words "VAL MORGAN" along with the company logo, consisting of three isosceles triangles (two rightside-up and one upside-down) to make "VM", to the left of it, wipes in.

  • There was a version which added "MOTIVATE" so that it read "MOTIVATE VAL MORGAN"
  • In the year 1999 and 2000 the Sydney 2000 Olympic partner logo was added to recognise their involvement in the upcoming Sydney Olympics.
FX/SFX: Everything in the logo all done in wonderful CGI.

Music/Sounds: A upbeat pop tune coupled by the filmstrip yelling "Wahoo!" at the start. When the logo name is revealed a female voice says "Always there".

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: This logo has a lot of self-awareness. Val Morgan has a virtual monopoly on the cinema advertising market in Australia, so they really were "always there".

4th Logo
(mid 2000s-2012)
Val Morgan (mid 2000s)

Nickname: "Australia's Most Annoying Logo"

Logo: On a blue background we zoom back to see silver letters floating around. Four blue square then come from all areas of the screen to form a blue rectangle. The letters fade away as a white light appears and lights up the logo revealing "valmorgan" at the bottom of the rectangle. The words "cinema network" appear below on the left and right respectively, and move towards the logo until it lines up. Underneath all that "pre-show program" fades in.

FX/SFX: The glass letters, the lighting and the forming of the logo.

Music/Sounds: An upbeat and dreamy fifteen note echoing vibraphone piece.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo

Logo: On a dark blue gradient background, we see a small neon lines fly towards the left of screen and expand to an array of thin neon lines in a parabola-like formation, thinning out towards the right of the screen. The camera shot then rotates left and to another angle, to show the neon lines are actually form an sort of hourglass figure and another set of neon lines that are closest to the viewer. Above this last set of neon lines explain are the words "DEEP ENGAGEMENT", as the camera zooms back and left. A blurring effect happens and we see another shot of the neon hourglass structure as "PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS" appear as the camera follows a set of outwardly rotating neon lines that start to fizzle out. The camera then moves quickly and blurs slightly to the other side of the hourglass structure, where the words "CINEMA ADVERTISING DELIVERS RESULTS" as the hourglass forms back into the parabola-like shape at the start of the animation. The neon lines then close on each other, as, from the left of screen, a lens flare and fine dust form the ValMorgan logo, with the blue square (sans company name) and the words "valmorgan pre-show" while the URL form in a spaced out, narrow font.

FX/SFX: A lot of action for a twenty-two second logo. The main aspect of this logo are the neon light effects and the space-age feel in the logo. Possibly had 3D cinema showings in mind.

Music/Sounds: A very space-age soundtrack with calming string instruments, along with sci-fi sounding instruments which finish with a harmonious choir.

: Extinct. Was seen before every film in almost every Australian cinema.

Editor's Note: None.
6th Logo

Nicknames: "The Eye"

Logo: on a black.background, we see a series of small, circular objects, all in varying shades of blue, move towards a bright light on the horizon. They flash and create a human eye. Some more of those objects come in from the left of the eye, head to the right and then sweep past the screen, creating the words"DEEPER ENGAGEMENT", as the eye fades out. Then, we see more of the objects, this time creating someone's mouth, which opens, as more objects sweep past from the left, creating the words"HIGHLY EFFECTIVE" as the mouth fades out again. More of the objects make the eye again, and we zoom through the pupil, revealing the words"CINEMA ADVERTISING DELIVERS RESULTS". Then, more objects sweep the text away, revealing the same logo as before, made of glass, slowly fading to 2D. The logo then cuts to the first ad to be shown.

FX/SFX: Another twenty-two second logo with lots of action, mainly the circular objects and the eye/mouth.
Music/Sounds: A very choir heavy tune, with a subwoofer drop when "DEEPER ENGAGEMENT" appears, as well as the sound of exhaling when the mouth opens, ending in a Minor-note choir.
Availability: Seen before every film in almost every Australian cinema.
Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo

Val Morgan (November 2019)
Description coming soon