Saul Bass

Title designer, Director, Animator
Few did as much to alter the aesthetics of commercial and popular culture in the second half of the 20th century than Saul Bass. A New York-born graphic designer, Bass broke with the industry's standardized text-based ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1920 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (49)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

titles designer (Titles)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

title sequence (Titles)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

title sequence (Titles)

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Main Title Design

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

title sequence (Titles)

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

(Titles)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

(Titles)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Big 1988 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

That's Entertainment Part 2 1976 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Seconds 1966 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1964 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

(Main Title Design)

The Cardinal 1963 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Nine Hours to Rama 1962 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Walk on the Wild Side 1962 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

North By Northwest 1959 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Bonjour Tristesse 1958 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Cowboy 1958 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

titles designer (Titles)

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Young Stranger 1957 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

animated credit sequence (Animator)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Edge of the City 1956 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Big Knife 1955 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Man With the Golden Arm 1955 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Seven Year Itch 1955 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Carmen Jones 1954 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Racers 1954 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Shrike 1954 (Movie)

title design (Titles)
Director (2)

Quest 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Phase IV 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

main titles and design consultant (Consultant)

Biography

Few did as much to alter the aesthetics of commercial and popular culture in the second half of the 20th century than Saul Bass. A New York-born graphic designer, Bass broke with the industry's standardized text-based opening credits template to create an iconic animated opening sequence for Otto Preminger's film "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955). He went on to compose similarly stylized intro/poster combos for a number of Preminger films and become a go-to design man for directors of Hollywood's prestige films, including Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958) and "Psycho" (1960) and Kubrick's "Spartacus" (1958). He went behind the camera and ultimately earned an Oscar for his animated documentary film "Why Man Creates" (1968), and in 1974, directed his only feature film, the sci-fi outing "Phase IV." Bass' corporate work would shape a multitude of brand imprints for a Who's Who of corporate America, and he returned to film title design in the 1980s and 1990s, notably in a run of films by Martin Scorcese. Emulated in countless entertainment graphics - including more recent opening sequences of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) and AMC's Emmy-darling series "Mad Men" (2008- ) - Bass did more than just alter the look of film, Scorcese suggested in the book "Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, he "found and distilled the poetry of the modern, industrialized world."

Relationships

Elaine Bass

Wife
collaborated with Bass on his title designs for Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990) survived him

Andrea Bass

Daughter
survived him

Jennifer Bass

Daughter
survived him

Jeffrey Bass

Son
survived him

Robert Bass

Son
survived him

EDUCATION

Art Students League of New York

New York , New York

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

1996

Retrospective of Bass' design work held at the School of Visual Arts in New York NY

1990

First collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, "GoodFellas"

1987

Began working regularly in film titles design again when asked to undertake work on "Broadcast News" by director James L. Brooks

1979

Last collaboration with Otto Preminger, "The Human Factor"

1974

Sole feature as director, "Phase IV"

1962

Directed six short films; the first, "Apples and Oranges"

1958

First collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock, "Vertigo"

1954

First film as title designer, "Carmen Jones"; also marked first collaboration with director-producer Otto Preminger

1946

Founded Saul Bass & Associates Inc.

Worked as a freelance designer for about ten years before getting into film

Worked much less regularly in film titles design after completing work on "Seconds" and "Not With My Wife, You Don't" (both 1966); credits as titles designer include only two Preminger films and "That's Entertainment Part 2" (1976)

Began designing film publicity material in early 1950s for such films as "No Way Out" (1950)

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