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How do you come up with a name for your group?

Posted: Mon, 6th Nov 2006, 6:16pm

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I had named my group/studio "COBRA Studios". Its not very inventive but I recently found out that there was a porn film company under that very name. So I decided to change, but I want to keep the COBRA part. How does the second part work?
What does studios vs limited mean? Or any of the other things tacked onto the names of the filmaking groups?
I know what they mean in the word it self, but does it have a separate meaning?
Lucasfilm Limited-does it mean they will exist for only a period of time?

I'm just curious if there's a system on how to name your studio.
Posted: Mon, 6th Nov 2006, 6:57pm

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You mean as in company extensions like this?
Posted: Mon, 6th Nov 2006, 7:03pm

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well people normally name there companys to what sort of Genre they enjoy filming in.
But some people name them stuuf as they think there cool, i named mine Waterdroplet Productions, god knows why?

Anyway you could always go for something like

"Dark Cobra Productions"
"Mystical Cobra Films"
"Onxy Cobra"

Something easy and rememberal will make people remember your films and studio easier.
Good luck

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Posted: Mon, 6th Nov 2006, 10:26pm

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i recommend a book called the guerilla film makers handbook or the guerilla guide to fim making. this topic is covered really well and should give you some ideas

p.s loads of other great stuff too!!
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 1:08am

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Thanks.

The book isn't very cheap. Anyone else suggest it?
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 1:41am

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Also, take into consideration the reality of your company. Will it be a real company or just a name to put in front of your movies. If it is the latter then It doesn't matter what you put, it doesn't make a difference. Otherwise, I have no idea what you want.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 2:34am

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Yea, it's not a real company (me, myself, and I), but giving yourself a good name counts for something. It does matter, just like the title of your short matters. Sure its not IMPORTANT to the world, but to yourself and the people you know it is meaningful.

What I was asking, Garrison pretty much answered.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 4:24am

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My production "company" is Bier Pin Films. Very few people know what a Bier Pin is, and I am fine with that. It's more personal to my life, hence why I chose it.

This is a bier pin:

Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 1:50pm

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Interesting. I knew what a Bier was, but had no clue they had pins.

For company names, I picked mine while feeding the cats. They just love sardines.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 2:27pm

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Having a studio name isn't really that important and pretty much any logo, word, name, sentence or picture can be made "your own" just by designing it well and creating good work as part of it.

Back in 1999, within a week of Episode 1 coming out, thousands - nay millions - of silly little children had change their usernames to Darth[something] or [something]Sidious etc etc.

Looking back on it now, it didn't make any difference that 'Darth' is synonymous with awesome, evil and cool - the entire fad became frankly pathetic because none of the people that used it were even remotely cool/evil/hard/whatever. It was just pointless.

The same basic rules of overuse apply here too....

Naming yourself Cobra Productions is quite honestly no different to naming yourself Pink Fluffy Princess 69 LOLZ Productions, if the work that you create under the Cobra name is crap. 'Productions', 'Studios', 'Ltd', 'And Sons' are all the same. They lend your company a completely unjustified, flagrantly misleading and downright inaccurate sense of prestige.

You could, however, name your company more honestly but never refer to your company name directly as such. Instead of big, flashy, brushed metal letters throwing themselves off the screen at you with an explosion of fire saying COBRA PRODUCTIONS LOL, you could simply have "A Kolchin production". Fade in. Fade out. Subtle. Refined. By comparison, that is prestigious.

If you want to get serious, buy Kolchin.com or whatever your real name is. Then, choose a nice, sensible, elegant font for your name and use that wherever necessary. Cool company names only work if your product is as strong as your brand. If not, your company and your work are just one massive disappointment to anyone who comes in contact. An honest name makes no pretense and doesn't hype yourself unnecessarily, giving you a solid foundation of reputation to work from.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 7:18pm

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Xcession wrote:

Having a studio name isn't really that important and pretty much any logo, word, name, sentence or picture can be made "your own" just by designing it well and creating good work as part of it.

Back in 1999, within a week of Episode 1 coming out, thousands - nay millions - of silly little children had change their usernames to Darth[something] or [something]Sidious etc etc.

Looking back on it now, it didn't make any difference that 'Darth' is synonymous with awesome, evil and cool - the entire fad became frankly pathetic because none of the people that used it were even remotely cool/evil/hard/whatever. It was just pointless.

The same basic rules of overuse apply here too....

Naming yourself Cobra Productions is quite honestly no different to naming yourself Pink Fluffy Princess 69 LOLZ Productions, if the work that you create under the Cobra name is crap. 'Productions', 'Studios', 'Ltd', 'And Sons' are all the same. They lend your company a completely unjustified, flagrantly misleading and downright inaccurate sense of prestige.

You could, however, name your company more honestly but never refer to your company name directly as such. Instead of big, flashy, brushed metal letters throwing themselves off the screen at you with an explosion of fire saying COBRA PRODUCTIONS LOL, you could simply have "A Kolchin production". Fade in. Fade out. Subtle. Refined. By comparison, that is prestigious.

If you want to get serious, buy Kolchin.com or whatever your real name is. Then, choose a nice, sensible, elegant font for your name and use that wherever necessary. Cool company names only work if your product is as strong as your brand. If not, your company and your work are just one massive disappointment to anyone who comes in contact. An honest name makes no pretense and doesn't hype yourself unnecessarily, giving you a solid foundation of reputation to work from.
Actually a company name is one of the 1st things people see when they look at you, and if you have a stupid name like Pink Fluffy Princess 69 LOLZ Productions you are going to find it hard to get people to take you seriously. Whereas Kolchin Productions sounds alot more professional and serious. Would you buy a "Mars" bar if it was called "Turd" bar? In alot of cases people associate a prodct with a name, and if the name is a bad one then it won't have a good effect on the product, be it a potentially multi million £ product or something you have made for your own enjoyment.

Just look at I-Pod, as a product they are a peice of crap, but they have a damn good name, and they probably sell more on the back of their name than anything else.

Kolchin Productions actually has a nice ring to it, maybe go with that.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 7:30pm

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Kolchin makes me think of cold sores or something.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 7:49pm

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i'd buy a turd bar biggrin
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 7:51pm

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dude... I'm eating one right now cool

mmm... tudalicious crazy
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 7:55pm

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Kid wrote:

Kolchin makes me think of cold sores or something.
Kolchin makes me think of vampires for some reason. Probably because it sounds like Kolcheck. Man.. dig up *that* reference for extra credit!
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 8:02pm

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actually its Kolchak... as in The Night Stalker!!!

BOOM XTRA CREDIT FOR ME!!!
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 8:30pm

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Jazzmanian wrote:

Kid wrote:

Kolchin makes me think of cold sores or something.
Kolchin makes me think of vampires for some reason. Probably because it sounds like Kolcheck. Man.. dig up *that* reference for extra credit!
If you're referring to the "Night Stalker" series, it's spelled "Kolchak".
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 8:36pm

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nanafanboy wrote:

actually its Kolchak... as in The Night Stalker!!!

BOOM XTRA CREDIT FOR ME!!!
We have a winner! You've earned yourself two free tickets to the premiere of our upcoming comedy movie. Of course, you'll have to provide your own air fare to New York, and the accomodations will be our guest room, not a hotel.

Oh... and you'll have to buy some of your own drinks.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 8:47pm

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Damn loading times.
Posted: Tue, 7th Nov 2006, 10:53pm

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Kolchin is just the name of a secondary character in the Cobra trilogy by Timothy Zahn. You probably haven't read it.
See the connection?

And na, I might like Blade, but that isn't going to make me switch to Kolchak.

Now I just have to produce something good. A book on filmmaking I read said you have to be a good planner, I'm mostly just a dreamer.

Does a poser animated martial arts short sound good?
Posted: Sun, 12th Nov 2006, 9:50am

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Im now considering naming my company "TurdBar Productions"
Posted: Sun, 12th Nov 2006, 7:20pm

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change your name too, Nut bar to Turd Bar
Posted: Sun, 12th Nov 2006, 8:54pm

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I just named my studio "Jake Cohen Films". My title card is a snap-board(the striped ones which take, scene, and film are written on) being snapped, except it cracks on top of the holder's knuckles. The hands drop the snap-board and the injured hand flops and shakes. A voice says,"Shit!" in the background.

No special effects there. I actually slammed that bar into my left hand and actually hurt myself. I must say it looks pretty nice at the starting of a film though.......
Posted: Mon, 13th Nov 2006, 3:28am

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jgtrox2 wrote:

change your name too, Nut bar to Turd Bar
Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllloooooooooooooooooooooneeeeeeeeeeee! Doooooooooooooo Ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
Posted: Mon, 13th Nov 2006, 2:59pm

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Xcession wrote:

None of the people that used it were even remotely cool/evil/hard/whatever.
But I am biggrin