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Bass, Saul

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 1996 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Designers, Producers

1920 – Saul Bass is a US graphic designer and filmmaker was born 8th of May in the Bronx district of New York.

1936 – Wins a scholarship to study at the Art Students’ League in Manhattan.

1938 – Working as an assistant in the art department of the New York office of Warner Bros.

1944  – Joins the Blaine Thompson Company, an advertising agency, and enrolls at Brooklyn College, where he is taught by the émigré Hungarian designer and design theorist Gyorgy Kepes.

1946  – Traveled to Los Angeles to work as an art director at the advertising agency, Buchanan and Company.

1952  – Opens his own studio, named Saul Bass & Associates in 1955.

1954  – Designs his first title sequence for Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones.

1955  – Creates titles for Robert Aldrich’s The Big Knife and Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch. The animated sequence he devises for Preminger’s The Man with a Golden Arm causes a sensation.

1957  – Devises titles for Michael Anderson’s Around The World in 80 Days and Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse.

1958 – Forges a new collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock by designing the titles for Vertigo.

        – Works with the architects Buff, Straub & Hensman on the design of his home, Case Study House #20 in Altadena.

1959 – Provide the title sequences for Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

1962 – Devises titles for Edward Dmytryk’s Walk on the Wild Side and directs his first short film, Apples and Oranges. Marries Elaine Makatura.

1963 – Stanley Kramer commissions Bass to create titles for its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

1966 – Directs the racing sequences and devises the titles for John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix.

1968 – Wins an Oscar for the short film Why Man Creates and develop a corporate identity programme for the Bell System telephone company.

         – Creates an installation for the Milan Triennale, which is cancelled after a student occupation.

1973 – Designs the corporate identity of United Airlines.

1974 – Directs his first feature film Phase IV.

1980 – Designs the poster for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and devises the corporate identity of the Minolta

camera company.

1984 – Creates a poster for the Los Angeles Olympic games.

1987 – James L. Brooks persuades Bass to return to title design by creating the opening sequence of Broadcast News.

1990 – Begins a long collaboration with Martin Scorsese by creating the titles for GoodFellas.

1991 – Devises the titles for Scorsese’s Cape Fear and a poster for the 63rd Academy Awards.

         – Bass designs the Academy Awards poster for the next five years.

1993 – Creates the title sequence for Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and a poster for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

1995 – Designs titles for Scorsese’s Casino.

1996 – Saul Bass died 25th of April in Los Angeles of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.