Friday, July 17, 2009

Saul Bass

Saul Bass was, among other things, a title designer. He had 61 feature film credits to his name and he had a very distinctive style. Starting in 1954 with Carmen Jones, his career spanned 5 decades up to doing the title sequence for Casino in 1995 (He is credited with the title sequence for 1998's remake of Psycho but it was the title sequence that he had designed for the original film). Saul was active in this art until his death at 76 in 1996.

Saul Bass had done it all. Films. Packaging. Products. Architecture. Corporate identification. Graphics.

Saul Bass's client list included United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines; North American Rockwell, Hunt Wesson, Quaker, Alcoa, Lawry's, Dixie, Saturday Evening Post, Warner, Minolta, The United Way, Girl Scouts and many more.


A classic example of Saul's style can be found in the opening credits of Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder:



And a look at what Star War's might have been with Saul's touch:



Saul also directed a film that was a personal passion. The film was crewed by friends and family and I had only heard of the film but had never had the chance to see it. Recently, I ran across it on the net. So, with no further ado, I present Quest:

Part 1:



Part 2:



Saul Bass's Film Title Design Credits:


Psycho (1998) (title designer)
Casino (1995) (title designer)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (TV) (title designer)
Higher Learning (1995) (title designer)
The Age of Innocence (1993) (title designer)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) (title designer)
Cape Fear (1991) (title sequence by)
Doc Hollywood (1991) (title designer)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) (title designer)
Goodfellas (1990) (title designer)
The War of the Roses (1989) (title designer)
Big (1988) (title designer)
Broadcast News (1987) (title designer)
The Human Factor (1979) (title designer)
Alien (1979) (title designer) (uncredited)
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) (title designer)
Rosebud (1975) (title designer)
Phase IV (1974) (title designer)
Such Good Friends (1971) (title designer)
Grand Prix (1966) (title designer)
Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966) (title designer)
Seconds (1966) (title designer)
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) (title designer)
In Harm's Way (1965) (title designer)
The Cardinal (1963) (title designer)
The Victors (1963) (title designer)
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) (title designer)
Nine Hours to Rama (1963) (title designer)
"Alcoa Premiere" (title designer) (1 episode, 1962)
Advise & Consent (1962) (title designer)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962) (title designer)
Something Wild (1961) (title designer)
West Side Story (1961) (title designer)
Exodus (1960) (title designer)
The Facts of Life (1960) (title designer)
Spartacus (1960) (design consultant)
Ocean's Eleven (1960) (title designer)
Psycho (1960) (pictorial consultant) (title designer)
North by Northwest (1959) (title designer)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (title designer)
The Big Country (1958) (title designer)
Vertigo (1958) (title designer)
Bonjour tristesse (1958) (title designer)
Cowboy (1958) (title designer)
The Pride and the Passion (1957) (title designer)
Saint Joan (1957) (title designer)
The Young Stranger (1957) (title designer)
Edge of the City (1957) (title designer)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) (title designer)
Attack (1956) (title designer) (uncredited)
Storm Center (1956) (title designer)
Johnny Concho (1956) (title designer)
Trapeze (1956) (title designer) (uncredited)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) (title designer)
The Big Knife (1955) (title designer)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) (publicist) (uncredited)
The Shrike (1955) (title designer)
The Seven Year Itch (1955) (title designer)
The Racers (1955) (title designer)
Carmen Jones (1954) (title designer)

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