There are little things here and there which make movies more enjoyable than just what the performances and script have to offer. One of those things includes title sequences, and when it comes to that, the deceased Saul Bass did some amazing work for some of the top filmmakers in movie history.
Because it’s his birthday today, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate some of his work, which includes not only some great title sequences, but also some of the film posters he designed.
Taking the dizzying effect to the title sequence was brilliantly implemented. It’s the poster come to life.
North By Northwest (1959)
The film’s directional referencing title is woven into the opening sequence, which goes from graphics to video effortlessly and with considerable style.
Oceans 11 (1960)
How better to incorporate old school Las Vegas than to emulate the stylish lighting used by the casinos of yesteryear?
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
Though perhaps not directly related to the film’s storyline, it does speak quite nicely to the title of the film and the idea of dissecting a story.
Slash and run, slash and run. Disjointed, related, simple.
West Side Story (1961) Ending Credits
Side-scrolling credits isn’t something we typically see, but integrating names in a style that fits into the environment that the film established? Brilliant.
Here are some of his famous movie posters:
Perhaps my favorite movie poster from Saul Bass:
It’s undeniable the influence Saul Bass had on other artists as well, which is readily evident through some other inspired work.
Dark Knight title sequence done like Saul Bass
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