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Lightstorm Entertainment is the production company of writer/producer/director James Cameron.

(1993)

Nickname: "The Bowman"

Logo: Scrolling in the credits, we see the letter "A" above a stylized drawing of a man with a bow and a lightning bolt as an arrow. Below it is the stacked text "LIGHTSTORM", "ENTERTAINMENT" and "PRODUCTION" and the copyright disclaimer "© 1993 Carolco Pictures Inc./Pioneer LDC, Inc.".

Trivia: The bowman logo appears in the Entourage episode "The Boys are Back in Town", in which a plot point is Emily being hired by the Lightstorm company.

FX/SFX: None, unless you count the scrolling of the credits.

Music/Sounds: Just the closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Ultra rare, appears at the end of the "Making of" feature on the Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Special Edition laserdisc release.

Scare Factor: None.

(1994)

Nickname: "The Bowman II", "The Steel Bowman"

Logo: On a black background, we see the stylized bowman from the previous logo zoom in, now in steel. The words "LIGHTSTORM ENTERTAINMENT" flash in below.

FX/SFX: The logo zooming in.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the trailer.

Availability: Rare. Only seen on the trailer for True Lies, as it was likely a placeholder logo used for the trailer.

Scare Factor: None

(July 15, 1994-)

Nickname: "The Bowman III", "Seizure Bowman"

Logo: On a black background, several lasers, lights and firework-esque explosions shoot upwards towards the camera above a steel structure. The structure zooms back slightly to reveal that it is the stylized bowman from before, then upwards and to the left. It eases out and as it shines, "LIGHTSTORM" flashes below the bowman, and "ENTERTAINMENT" appears below.

Variant:

  • The logo is still on Solaris.
  • There's a short version that features only the name flashing below. This was seen on trailers and on James Cameron's Avatar: The Game.
  • A still version of the logo appears on the Nintendo DS port of James Cameron's Avatar: The Game.

FX/SFX: The lights, the camera, the company name appearing. Impressive for 1994.

Music/Sounds: A quiet, but powerful orchestrated fanfare, composed by Brad Fiedel of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. There are violin sounds throughout. When "ENTERTAINMENT" appears, there is a chime that reverberates for the duration. A portion of the theme shows up in the climax of True Lies.

Availability: Seen on True Lies (the first film to have this logo and the then-new 20th Century Fox logo) and Strange Days. This logo doesn't appear on Titanic or Avatar.

Scare Factor:

  • Low to medium. The dramatic content and the lights could get to some, and this would be especially horrible to a person with epilepsy.
  • None for the still version.

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