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Background

VIVA Films is a Philippine movie company which started in 1981. This company is part of the VIVA Entertainment Group.

Note

This is not to be confused with Viva Pictures, the company who made the infamous Foodfight! (which gained its infamy due to acts of espionage committed during production of the film.)

1st Logo (1981-1988, 2004)

Logo:
  • Logo 1: On a Persian red background, a light gold triangle zooms out, stops for a moment to emit four triangle-shaped waves, then abruptly appears further zoomed out. The triangle moves left as another slides out from behind it and moves to the right a bit. A tall rectangle and an inverted triangle slide in from the top and bottom of the screen, respectively, and then a faint flash occurs, creating slanted lines running in from the left sides of each triangle (the latter triangle has lines from the bottom, while the first two ones has lines from the top), and all the way through the top of the rectangle; the shapes now resemble the word "VIVA". Another faint flash creates the word "FILMS" sandwiched in between two lines in the length of the word "VIVA", in the same color as the logo.
  • Logo 2: On a black background, two outlined white triangles (one upside down) appear zooming to us and filling with a red color, making the outline disappear. These triangles zoom out. Then a series of outlined triangles appear and do an unknown animation. The animation stops, and the I from the VIVA logo falls down. The now-red triangles from the beginning of the logo zoom in, and the other triangles disappear. Inside the triangles, the V's and A vertically wipe and form. The triangles zoom in even more, filling the background with the red color, and leaving the finished logo. "FILMS" sandwiched in between two lines, now in the same length as "FILMS" fades in below. The finished version is a little bit more bigger than the 1st version.

Variant: A short version exists, only for the 1st version. In this short version, we start from the logo formation.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Very simplistic animation for the 80s. The 2nd version is more unique, though.

Music/Sounds:

  • Logo 1: None, or possibly the opening theme of the film. The short version used a gun shot, followed by a fast fanfare.
  • Logo 2: None.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Boy Negro, the 2nd logo plays with a synth-pop theme.
  • Another music variant with the 2nd logo is in Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick, where it features a synth fanfare.
  • On Cross My Heart, a creepy synth theme is used on the 1st logo.
  • On Captain Barbell (Herbert Bautista), a superhero majestic fanfare can be heard on the 2nd logo.

Availability: Ultra rare. Seen on films from the time. The 2nd version made a strange appearance in 2004 in the movie Sa Totoo Lang.

Scare Factor:

  • Logo 1: None. Low for the short version due to it's sudden appearance and music.
  • Logo 2: Minimal to low.

2nd Logo (1988-1991)

Nicknames: "Searchlights", "Zooming Viva", "20th Century Fox of the Philippines"

Logo: On a black background, a yellow sunburst flashes. It later dissipates, and the yellow "VIVA" logo in 3D positioned at the bottom fades in. The "VIVA" later zooms in to the center. When the zooming stops, we fade to a sky blue background with moving white searchlights in them. After that, the word "FILMS" in white flash in under the "VIVA".

Variant: A version where the background remains black exists. In this version, the VIVA logo is more darker.

FX/SFX: The sunburst forming the words "VIVA", the "VIVA" zooming in, the moving searchlights and "FILMS" flashing in.

Music/Sounds: It starts with a cymbal clash and a drumbeat, followed by a majestic synth fanfare.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A silent version also exists.
  • A low-toned version also exists.
  • On Hindi Pahuhuli ng Buhay, a triumphant fanfare with pluck is heard.
  • On Sa Diyos Lang Isusuko, the opening theme is used.

Availability: Ultra rare. Seen on Viva Films releases of the period, usually releases by Viva Video.

Scare Factor:

  • Original & Low Pitched Version: None to minimal; this was one of the most clean Philippine movie logos of the past, but the fanfare may get to some.
  • Triumphant Fanfare: Minimal.
  • Silent/With the film’s opening: None.

However, all of these variants are not much compared to the next one...

3rd Logo (1990, 1991-2003)

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VIVA Films, 1991

VIVA Films, 1991

Nicknames: "Golden VIVA", "Golden Letters of Doom", "VIVA from Heck/Hell", "Filipino V of Doom", Profil Filipino Cousin" "Rex and other stuff Filipina Cousin"

Logo: On a gold yellow gradient background, four blue lines with a gold line in each blue line appear from the left. The gold lines disappear first, followed by the blue lines. Then, the "V" from the VIVA logo zooms out to reveal a black/cadet blue gradient background. Suddenly after three to five seconds, a white line appears, breaks up the other parts of the VIVA logo, then moves away. Then the then-current VIVA logo is fully formed, "FILMS" appears in two appearing lines sandwiched in between.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, the golden background remains still for about a second before the animation.
  • From 1993 to 2003, the entire logo is in a brighter gold color and has a black/dark blue gradient background. This version was also spotted early from 1991-1993 in some releases.
  • However, in early 2003, the logo is more bronze, slightly larger, and is on a black/medium Persian blue gradient background.
  • On Urban Rangers, the logo is more darker.
  • On Pacifico Guevarra - Dillinger Ng Dose Pares and Pangako ng Kahapon, the logo's even more darker, making the background almost black.
  • On Row 4 and Kiss Mo' Ko, the logo seems moved down.
  • On Noel Juico - Batang Kriminal, the logo has a yellow tint, making the whole thing yellow.
  • On Bugbog Sarado, the logo fades to white instead of black at the end.

FX/SFX: The lines, the rotating out, the cutting of the letter "V", and the formation of the VIVA logo.

Music/Sounds: We start with two zapping sounds consecutively when the lines appear and disappear, which leads off to a creepy synthesized pad note, then another zap sound when the letter "V" breaks up, then finally, two more laser zaps: one when "VIVA" is fully formed, then another one when "FILMS" appears. These laser zaps happen consecutively at the end.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Some films featured a synthesized fanfare with a different zap sound.
  • The 2003 variant got a redone version jingle which featured more electric sound effects throughout.
  • A jungle-themed tune with different laser zaps is heard on AB Normal College.
  • On Sukdulan, Lupe and Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka, a dreamy theme is heard with different laser zaps.
  • On a few films, the opening theme plays over it.
  • Row 4 and Pretty Boy have sound effects present along with the opening theme.
  • On S2pid Luv, there's another music variant which consists of a synth drone with whooshes.
  • On Gloria, Gloria Labandera, a news theme is heard.
  • On The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre, a drumroll has been added on the original music which makes it dramatic.
  • On Anghel Na Walan Langit, the music is low-toned.

Availability: Was common in the past, but not so much anymore. The 2003 variant was used only on a few films in early 2003 until the next logo is introduced below.

Scare Factor: Depending on the variant:

  • Original 1991 Variant: Medium to high. The zaps/flashes, scary music, and ominous (color) theme (gold objects on a dark background) unnerved quite a number of people, making this the scary Philippine movie successor to the 1985 Regal Films logo.
  • 1993 Version: Low to medium, as they received a noticeably brighter color scheme and less scary-sounding music, making them not as creepy as the original logo.
  • 2003 Version: Low to nightmare, again, they received a noticeably brighter color scheme. However, the more electric sound effects may scare almost every people who sees it.
  • Urban Rangers Variant: Medium to nightmare, the presence of the original music also doesn't help.
  • Pacifico Guevarra/Pangako ng Kahapon Variant: High to nightmare, due to the near-black darkness. Again, the presence of the original music also doesn't help.
  • Dark Synth Drone: Low to medium, as it's not as scary as the original logo.
  • Synthesized Fanfare/Jungle Theme/Synth Drone/News Theme: Low; it's less unnerving.
  • Dreamy Theme: Minimal to low, since it's an improvement over the original fanfare.
  • Opening Theme: Minimal.
  • Opening Theme with Sound Effects: Minimal to medium.
  • With Drumroll: Nightmare, due to the very dramatic sound.
  • People who are used to see any of the variants: May range from minimal to low.

4th Logo (2003-2010)

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Nickname: "VIVA in Space", "Outer Space"

Logo: On a moving space background we see an explosion which forms a filmstrip. The Earth flies through it. An orange triangle flies from the right towards the left. The blue (sometimes purple) text "VIVA" flies in next to the triangle while the Earth positions itself on the triangle. After the filmstrip curves around the Earth, the Earth then the filmstrip become the blue sphere and the white-orange gradient streak, respectively, then we fade out.

Variants:

  • A short version exists.
  • Sometimes, the logo appears slightly red.

FX/SFX: The explosion and the formation of the VIVA logo.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh that leads to a piano theme played against some faint drum notes, ending with either the first part of the opening theme, or a synthesized chord fading much like a siren. For the short variant, the opening theme.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Baler, we hear an orchestral version that carries over to Bida Foundation logo was used.
  • On Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat, futuristic laser zaps were heard.
  • On Reyna, it's starts with synth rock guitar before dreamy choir fanfare (which is sounded like 1988 Namco Films) was heard.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on films from the time.

Scare Factor:

  • Original Version: None.
  • Synthesized Chord Version: Low. The sound may surprise you.

While tamer than the previous logo, the scare factor may rise again in the next logo...

5th Logo (2010-2018)

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WARNING! ALL THE VIDEOS ABOVE HAVE AN EXTREMELY LOUD VOLUME, SO KINDLY TURN DOWN THE VOLUME OF YOUR DEVICE BEFORE WATCHING ANY OF THESE VIDEOS.

Nicknames: "DTS Theft", "A Disappointing Logo", “Stolen Music... Again!”

Logo:

  • Logo 1 (2010-2015): On a black background we see a zig-zag shape with red, pink, green, yellow and blue rotate upwards towards the middle. When it does we see "VIVA FILMS" (with “VIVA” in blue and bigger than the white “FILMS” positioned on the bottom-right of “VIVA”) beneath the shape. A spotlight forms beneath the logo.
  • Logo 2 (2015-2018): On a black background, we see a spotlight appearing, then later revealing the 2010 VIVA logo rotating. Below is the company name (this time, "films" is lowercase and spaced out) fading in.

Variants:

  • A warped version exists.
  • On Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy and Bekikang Ang Nanay Kong Beki, it appears slightly brown.
  • Usually, the logo was cut off a little bit.
  • On Hitman, a still version was used even on opening movie too.
  • A short version exists.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The CGI, although high-quality, is simplistically animated. This is also undetermined by the fact that the logo audio is jarringly, in fact, stolen.

Music/Sounds: The first 12 seconds of the 1993-2004 DTS trailer's music.

Availability: No longer common. Seen on films from the company such as Hating Kapatid. The warped variant is shown in Tumbok. The 2015 version can be seen on films from 2015 to 2018, including Kita Kita and Double Barrel.

Scare Factor:

  • Original: Medium to nightmare. The scary music may scare people who see it.
  • Warped: High to nightmare. The fast music and the fast animation may scare you even more.
  • Slightly Brown: High to nightmare.
  • Still: None.

6th Logo (2018-)

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