Scott Free Productions

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Credits
Logo captures by
Eric S. and others


Editions by
Michael Bass, Eric S., and Shadeed A. Kelly


Background

Scott Free Productions was founded in 1995 in the UK by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.

1st Logo (February 2, 1996-????)

Nickname: "Scott Text"

Logo: On a black background, we see the text "SCOTT FREE", with the lower part of the letter "R" stretched a little longer and the whole text underlined.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the TV show.

Availability: Rare. The only film to use this logo was White Squall. It also appeared on the Showtime series The Hunger.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (September 25, 1998-)

Nicknames: "The Bird", "Man Into Bird", "Shapeshifting Bird"

Logo: On a black background, we see a man clad in monk-style clothing walking as a white light illuminates him. He lights up a match, and a burst of light appears next to him. We then cut to another shot of the man, as he runs away against a yellow spotlight. His arms transform into wings, and he turns into a bird that flies across a multicolored background. The text "SCOTT FREE", in the same font as before, slide in underneath the bird before transforming into a weird font. The bird becomes a blue silhouette version, and the logo becomes still on a black background.

Trivia: This animation was made by Italian animator Gianluigi Toccafondo. He also did the logo for the Italian film distributor Fandango and the end credits animation for the Scott Free film Robin Hood.

Variants:

  • On TV shows, the logo is cut to the last few seconds.
  • Some films starting with A Good Year in 2006 remove the "SCOTT FREE" text.
  • An in-credit version exists on The Pillars of the Earth.

FX/SFX: The animation, which appears to be done in oil paints or pastels. All of the animation is beautiful.

Music/Sounds: The logo begins with dark whooshing sounds and deep drums, as well as a match-striking sound. A Native American-sounding wind instrument piece is then heard as the man turns into a bird. Otherwise, it's the opening theme of the movie, or, in the case of Black Hawk Down, none.

Availability: Common. It was first seen on Clay Pigeons and has appeared on the majority of the company's films since then. However, it does not appear on Gladiator, Hannibal, or The A-Team. The short version can be seen on The Company, The Good Wife and Numb3rs. The print logo for the company is a regular bird with "SCOTT FREE" in the same font as the last logo.

Editor's Note: This might be one of the most amazing logos ever made, mainly due to its fantastic animation.