Fine Line Features

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Credits
Logo descriptions by
Matt Williams


Logo captures by
Eric S., Bob Fish, and wolfie14


Editions by
V of Doom


Video captures courtesy of
Logo Archive and Jordan Rios

Background

Fine Line Features (also spelled as "FineLine Features") was the specialty movie division of New Line Cinema established in 1990 to release films of a more "indie" flavor than its parent company. In 2005, New Line teamed up with fellow Time Warner subsidiary HBO Films to form "Picturehouse", a then-new specialty film label of which Fine Line was folded into.

(March 10, 1991-June 10, 2005)

Nicknames: "Abstract F", "F-Director's Block"

Logo: Over a black background, a thin, glowing horizontal blue line fades-in, dividing the screen in half. Then, a horizontal white line draws itself inside. The entire line rotates clockwise and shrinks a bit in the process. When the line becomes vertical, it rotates again, revealing an abstract "F" (it really looks like a corner) with a steelish tint. Then, from behind, a rectangle moves clockwise, and moves itself to the top of this "F" shape. It forms an angle, much like a director's block. Around the same time, a blue spotlight/circle backdrop forms behind this shape. The following text fades in:

FINELINE FEATURES

(sandwiched between 2 horizontal lines)

The tops of both shapes shine afterwards. The respective company byline is seen below.

Bylines:

  • March 10, 1991-1997: "A division of New Line Cinema"
  • 1997-December 22, 2000: "A Time Warner Company"
  • January 26, 2001-October 24, 2003: "An AOL Time Warner Company"
  • April 2, 2004-June 10, 2005: "A TimeWarner Company"

8A bylineless version exists.

Variants:

  • In 2000, the words "10TH ANNIVERSARY: 1990-2000" spin around the logo, coming to a stop in an arc around the logo.
  • There was a still logo that has the "F" with "FINELINE" and "FEATURES" stacked together. Lines are on top and bottom of the company name and the New Line Cinema byline below. This appeared on the trailer for An Angel at My Table.
  • From 1999, this logo was videotaped and made smoother, and the font size was increased for "FINELINE FEATURES".

FX/SFX: Very nice CGI effects, similar to its parent's logo, but also reminiscent of the United Artists "Turning UA" logo.

Music/Sounds: None, but on Head Above Water, it has a shortened version of the logo with the Tig Productions jingle. Very likely an editing goof.

Availability: Scarce. Seen on independent/art-house films produced by the studio. It was first seen on Shadow of China and was last seen on The Bridge of San Luis Rey. On current prints of The Player, this was plastered by the New Line logo.