Pure Cinema Celluloid


 Saul Bass
SAUL BASS, the legendary title designer/filmmaker/graphic designer 
I love visually powerful and memorable movie title sequences. And my 2 favorite title designers are Saul Bass and Kyle Cooper! 

Mr. Bass' opening credit sequence for Hitchcock's VERTIGO is one of the most jaw-dropping, haunting, and beautiful things I have ever seen. Abstract computer filmmaker John Whitney provided stunning visuals for this sequence which I especiallly love.

Mr. Bass' title sequence for THE VICTORS (
http://youtube.com/watch?v=p9nPOMU1xmI) completely blows me away! Dynamic and kinetic! Awesome cinema! 

His GRAND PRIX credits sequence 
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ovzFXnIXWlM) is so mind-bogglingly great! So visual, shot on Super Panavision 70 - great extreme CUs of machinery, great multiple split-screens, great sound effects of engines, great energy! 

And I'm totally freaked out by his funhouse mirror-type visuals for "Seconds" (

All of his Hitchcock title sequences are masterfully designed! Especially North by Northwest, Marnie, and Psycho.
He also did great work for Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese, not to mention his great titles for Spartacus and Nine Hours To Rama. 

My favorite modern designer of movie titles is Kyle Cooper
(http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.06/cooper.html) .
I really love his main titles for SE7EN (http://youtube.com/watch?v=s3HV6jzMIYo), some of which was inspired by Stan Brakhage! Great images, color flashes, jump cuts, extreme close-ups, and I really like how he scratched titles on the emulsion of the film itself. Really creepy and tense.
I also really love his title sequence for ARLINGTON ROAD! Very scary, intense, and experimental. He shot it on 16mm and 8mm in suburban neighborhoods and used awesome photo-chemical visual effects instead of computer generated digital ones and I love how it looks as a result!
His opening titles for the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD is extremely frightening and cinematic! He did a great job with the blood-coiling title graphics, the archival news footage of riot control events, and live action apocalyptic zombie scenes shot by himself, all set to a frightening religious-Revelations-inspired song by Johnny Cash. Masterful, ominous, and thrilling.
His work on DONNIE BRASCO is poignant, beautifully sad, lyrical, melancholy, and visually brilliant. A moving, elegant, moody cinematic tone poem of a title sequence.
I also love the work he did on THE ORPHAN, THE NEW WORLD, The 3 SPIDERMAN Films, OLIVER STONE'S "NIXON", BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, THE FORGOTTEN and many others. He is an amazing graphic designer and filmmaker!   
His production company's wesbite is
www.prologuefilms.com where you can watch many of their excellent title sequences!
Mr. Kyle Cooper, 
brilliant designer of the title sequences for 
Seven, Arlington Road, Bridge to Terabitihia, The Orphan, The Forgotten, Donnie Brasco, Dawn of the Dead, and The New World
Mr. Saul Bass, genius legendary designer of title sequences for
The Victors, Cape Fear(remake), The Age of Innocence, Seconds, Vertigo, Psycho, Marnie, and Grand Prix
All of these main title sequences by these two visual artists could be taken out of the context of their feature films and enjoyed as abstract purely cinematic experiences! They are that good and that brilliant.