Saul Bass - 1. This week’s posts will be devoted to the great film title designer, Saul Bass, to mark the anniversary of his birth on 8 May 1920. Born in the East Bronx to Russian parents, Bass worked in commercial art studios after leaving high school, becoming a “subway scholar” by reading about design and art on the long subway ride to and from work. In the late 1940s, he moved from New York to LA to work on movie marketing campaigns, becoming progressively more ambitious in concept and execution with each project. In 1955, Bass persuaded the director Otto Preminger to allow him to devise an animated opening title sequence for The Man with the Golden Arm that caused a sensation. Bass and his assistant, later his wife, Elaine Makatura went on to design more titles for Preminger, and were also commissioned to work for Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder and William Wyler. Bass abandoned title design in the early 1970s to focus on film making. He was coaxed out of ‘retirement’ in the late 1980s, and created a spectacular series of titles for Martin Scorsese. “He would look at the film in question and understand the rhythm, the structure, the mood,” Scorsese of Bass. “He would penetrate the heart of the movie and find its secret.” #design#filmtitledesign#saulbass#elainemakatura#ottopreminger#alfredhitchcock#stanleykubrick#billywilder#williamwyler#martinscorsese#designatthemovies
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Saul Bass // "I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don't give a damn whether the client understands that that's worth anything, or that the client thinks it's worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It's worth it to me. It's the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares."
Tried a different colour scheme on a recent poster illustration. Thought it may look good in blacks, greys and red. It's part of a series of fake film posters I'm doing as a personal project. This one is a hitchcock style murder mystery. #saulbass#graphicdesign#filmposterart