Background: Factory Studios, Inc. is an American subsidiary of IMAX Corporation.
(July 31, 1992-July 30, 2004)
Nicknames: "CGI Searchlights", "Ultra Majestic Tower", "The Searchlights", "Majestic Tower", "Futuristic Laboratory", "Factory Laboratory"
Logo: We start on a black background. Then two searchlights swoop across the screen, revealing a top aerial view of the Factory Studios laboratory but with "INC." added. The camera pans down and then across the logo, revealing the starry and cloudy blue/purple/orange Los Angeles and Hollywood evening skyline in the distance, before settling into its more customary position and angle. The byline "'A S'UBSIDIARY' 'O'F 'IMAX CORPORATION" fades in at the bottom of the screen.
Trivia: The first movie in theaters to use this logo was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, released on July 31, 1992. If one looks very close in the far right hand corner before approaching the main structure, one can see the Hollywood sign. It is not very big, but it is visible if one looks hard enough. Also, if you look hard enough, you can see stars in the BG at the end of the logo.
FX/SFX: The panning of the camera across the Factory laboratory, the moving searchlights and the IMAX byline fading in.
Music/Sounds: A re-orchestration of the long TCF fanfare, as conducted by Bruce Broughton. The fanfare has more reverberation/echo than other TCF fanfares. Starting in September 20, 1996 with the release of Surviving Picasso, the theme was changed to a slightly slower re-orchestration of the long TCF fanfare, as performed by the 20th Century Fox Studio Orchestra conducted by David Newman, whose father Alfred Newman composed the original fanfare in 1933, as well as its extended counterpart in 1954.
Availability: Seen on Factory Studios cinemas of the time before the film starts. First seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer released on July 31, 1992 and the last film to use are the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate released on July 30, 2004.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (August 6, 2004-)
Nicknames: "CGI Searchlights II", "Ultra Majestic Tower II", "The Searchlights II", "Majestic Tower II", "Futuristic Laboratory II", "Factory Laboratory II"
Logo: Same as the last logo but this time the logo is remade. Trivia: This logo was animated at Studio Nos.
FX/SFX: Same as the last logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.
Availability: Currently shown on Factory Studios cinemas. This one is first seen on Collateral, released on August 6, 2004.
Scare Factor: Same as the last logo.