10 items from 2013
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, and was commissioned by director Otto Preminger to put together a poster for his 1954 opera/musical Carmen Jones. Preminger was so impressed he asked him to create a title sequence too, and Bass went on to specialise in the area, resulting in memorable collaborations with Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
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Bass made a splash with the 1955 Preminger study of heroin addiction, moving paper cutouts around to suggest needles, veins and arms. The stonking theme, composed by Elmer Bernstein, helped.
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- Andrew Pulver
Ready to feel an ominous chill in the air while simultaneously being incredibly impressed?
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Saul Bass, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic motion-picture title sequences of all time, including the openers from The Man With the Golden Arm, North by Northwest, and Psycho.
Google’s homepage Doodle today, on what would have been Bass’ 93 birthday (he passed away in 1996), starts with disjointed text bars that spell out ‘Google’ as a nod to Psycho. When viewers click play they are taken through a Google-ized spin on some of Bass’ most famous works: the »
- Erin Strecker
Google is paying tribute to legendary film poster and title sequence designer Saul Bass on what would have been his 93rd birthday with one of its signature Doodles. The graphic artist helped design the iconic artwork for many Alfred Hitchcock films such as "North by Northwest" and "Vertigo." He also created such seminal images as the paper cut-out symbolizing a heroin addict's arm in the poster for "The Man with the Golden Arm" and the pair of lovers dancing on fire escapes for the promotional materials of "West Side Story." Also read: »
- Brent Lang
When you embark on your morning internet queries today you may notice the option to press play where the traditional Google symbol usually lies. That is because the always festive Google doodle is honoring Saul Bass, the iconic American graphic designer who punctuated film titles with raw images and fragmented text. The design visionary would turn 93 if he were still alive today.
Bass, who was born and raised in the Bronx, moved to Hollywood in his twenties to pursue creating film ads. For his first big gig, designing the opening sequence for Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm," Bass shocked filmgoers with his edgy paper-animated interpretation of the film's themes of drug addiction. Soon Hollywood's greatest filmmakers were clamoring for Bass' innovative touch.
Bass, whose motto was "symbolize and summarize," incorporated 1920s Soviet design into his aesthetics, adding a distinctly American flavor and a predilection for jagged edges. »
- Priscilla Frank
The 10 best Saul Bass title sequences
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine's most elaborate "doodles" yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York's Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. »
- Ben Quinn
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below. Saul Bass was born in the Bronx, New York on May 8th, 1920 and died in April of 1996. He first got noticed in Hollywood designing the titles for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and later went on to work with filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, »
- Alex Billington
Welcome back to my ongoing coverage of the Melbourne Cinematheque's fantastic program for 2013. Here I will be reviewing the first film per season (month). This month I took a look at The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), from the inescapable societal visionary Otto Preminger. For the month of April I introduced one of Godard's films in the program, which can be found here. I hope you saw something from this season! Running from April 24 to May 8, Preminger's retrospective of films shine through particularly troubled times, but do so with a unique style of objectivity and ambiguity that only Preminger can deliver. Preminger's lucid style is hypnotic in his distinct gaze of the issues he presents of the human condition. The program...
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A research project from Btk (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule/Berlin Technical Art University) students Nora Thoes and Damian Pérez examines the history of opening-title sequences in cinema. The Film Before the Film documents the art of opening credits from King Kong to Barbarella to The Avengers. Ian Albinson's website Art of the Title has been doing the same thing for some time now and notes that titles first became a legitimate draw for audiences during a screening of Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm in 1955. "Preminger knew that his collaboration with graphic designer Saul Bass had produced something interesting. And he wanted his audience, who were normally spared the dull roll of credits, to see it. That simple cutout of...
- Alison Nastasi
She was the accidental superstar. Fifties and Sixties film icon Kim Novak rarely grants interviews these days but she gave a doozy to Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne for Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival. The hour-long chat, filmed before a live audience, will air Wednesday at 8/7c, followed by four of the star's top films: Picnic (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Bell, Book and Candle (1958) and Of Human Bondage (1964). Novak, still fantastically gorgeous at 80, had a meteoric rise in the business: She went from being a Chicago refrigerator model known as "Miss Deepfreeze" in 1953 to major film star in two short years. By 1956, she was considered the top box-office star in the world. Novak gave it all up just as quickly, moving from Hollywood to...
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- Michael Logan
10 items from 2013
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