Saul Bass

Saul Bass’ work had a variety of styles of animation, from cut out like ‘Anatomy of Murder’, most of his early work was based upon the cut out animation style. Saul Bass’ style later changed when he was able to advance his techniques further.

A Famous Company the uses the cut out animation is the creator of the popular and hilarious show South Park. South Park is a successful TV show that used cut out animation. This is a really unique technique to use as the show may be in 2D but it can give off a 3D effect using the foreground, midground, and background to give it the illusion of a 3rd Dimension.

Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920. He was born into an Eastern European Jewish immigrant family. Saul Bass graduated James Monroe High School in Bronx and studied part time at the Art Students League in Manhattan until he started to attend night classes at Brooklyn College.

Saul Bass started out his career in Hollywood during the 1940’s doing print work for film ads, until his first collaboration with the filmmaker Otto Preminger when he designed the film poster for his 1945 film ‘Carmen Jones’. Otto Preminger was pleased with the film poster that he commissioned Bass to create the title sequence as well. Bass took this opportunity to create a title sequence that would ultimately enhance the experience for the audience and contribute to the mood and theme of the film in the opening sequence. Bass was the first to realise the potential of an opening and closing credits.

This set in motion the start of a successful career for Saul Bass, as he was commissioned to do title sequences for film like ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’, ‘Around the Word in Eighty Days’, ‘Anatomy of Murder’, ‘Psycho’, ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, ‘Goodfellas’ to ‘Casino’.

Not only did Saul Bass create title sequences for film he also did film poster for some iconic film as well such as; ‘Carmen Jones’, ‘Love in the Afternoon’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘Exodus’, ‘One Two, Three’, ‘In Harm’s Way’,  ‘The Two of Us’, ‘Such Good Friends’, ‘Rosebud’, ‘The Human Factory’ and ‘The Shining’.

Saul Bass died on the 25th of April 1996 aged 75.

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