Saul Bass (1920-1996)
An American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion picture title sequences made for directors Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese. Bass’s work was in the height of demand during the early ’60s and he designed the titles of many major films including: Psycho, Man with the golden arm, Ocean’s 11 and Vertigo. He also worked as visual consultant on such films as Spartacus and West Side Story. His innovative work was responsible for launching a trend for filmmakers to employ animation and graphic designs in their credit sequences.
I love the work of Saul Bass it is clean and organic and makes great use of white space, his work is very minimalistic but still shows movement and depth in his work. I also love his use of strong coloured backgrounds with the graphics done in solid blocks of black making his posters a stand out strong and dynamic.
I also want to talk about how Saul Bass puts together the title sequence and how he creates movement with the type and graphics that set the feel of the film. Instead I feel that this is something that has to be seen as I would never be able to do it justice in type, which is why I’m (hopefully) including a short film in this blog showing you the title sequence of three of my favourite films Saul Bass did the title sequence for.