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Bass, Saul

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 75 years of age.

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.





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