+ Who is Saul Bass?Saul bass was both a graphic designer and a film maker,and was particularly famous for his design of film postersand title sequences due to his new and creative form ofconstructing these two features .Saul Bass worked for some of Hollywoods greatestfilmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, who allowed Bass todesign the opening title sequence for the film vertigo. Withsome of Bass’s most popular title sequences being the manwith the golden arm and north by northwest.Bass wanted the opportunity to create a title sequencewhich would enhance the experience for the audience andportray something new to them as their interactions with titlesequences had been based on simplicity and had nomeaningful purpose from the introduction of the filmsthemes of story.Bass was also one of the first people to acknowledge thecreative potential for the opening title sequences and howthey could work to portray a sense of the film to anaudience.
+ Saul Bass’s work…Bass uses basic geographic shapes which are artisticallycombined to form an image which goes through processof being a simple shape to a sophisticated object.However as well as focussing on shapes for a centralimage Bass also took into consideration the typographyand invented a new kinetic typography for many filmsincluding the famous psycho.This style of using basic shapes had never been seenbefore for the use of a title thus having a huge impact onpeople’s viewing experience in the 1950’s which stillremains consistent to this day.Saul Bass started out doing print work for filmadvertisements, this was when he was recognised by filmmaker Otto Preminger who Saul Bass designed a filmposter for, to promote his film Carmen Jones. With thesatisfaction from the film poster Preminger asked Bass toproduce a title sequence as well, this was when Bass’smind was opened up to title sequences and the effect theycould have on an audience.
+ The impact Saul Bass had on title sequences…Saul Bass was responsible for title sequences to be viewed in anew and exciting way which has changed the way in which weacknowledge title sequences and their purpose.Since Bass had the creative talent to match a title sequence to afilms controversial subject it was obvious that his way of workinginspired others thus impacting on the design of title sequencesTo this day all title sequences which work to successfully deliverand introduce the theme or mood of a film can be seen as a legacyto the work of Saul Bass.The opening sequences of modern films based around the time eraof the 1960’s often consist the graphic style in which Bass use forhis work to create a deliberate resemblance of Bass’s work to showjust how much of an inspiration he actually was. By doing this itsuggests no 1960’s film is complete without Bass’s significant formof title sequence.
+ How his work has lived on…This is a print screen from the title sequence of kiss kiss bangbang. It has clearly been inspired by Saul bass through the useof geographical shapes forming images and by the colour blackto create the people, which Bass often did which resulted insilhouette effect. Bass is also responsible for the creation of some of the most recognisable logos such as Kleenex which is still used to this very day with the original design.
+ Analysing anatomy of murderThe use of a dark grey backgroundcreates and eerie atmosphere for thereader. The colour grey representsdepression which could be a way orforeshadowing later events linked tosinister actions which have resulted insome form of depression for acharacter.This also resembles a pavementwhich reveals the film is likely to be setin a city, and the fact the body is foundon pavement shows a strong disgustthe killer had towards the victim due tothe disrespectful placement of thebody.
+ MusicThe use of wind instruments throughout the sequence allow themusic to fall into the genre of jazz music, which was extremelypopular in the 1960’s. This reveals to the audience the time era inwhich the film is set and produced. The music also creates a filmnoire style to the sequence which could suggest that mystery is atheme running throughout the film. The music has a rather upbeattone to it which creates a blissful atmosphere which doesn’t fit withwhat is being shown visually, this creates an enigma for theaudience as it is unclear as the whether this death resulted in a formof happiness. This could also be used to foreshadow upcomingevents as it could reveal that justice will be served in the film or thatthe death was for a good purpose.When the actors name appears the music suddenly heightens, thishas an impact on the audience as it allows shock to be created. Ithink this was done to show the shock in which a character felt whendiscovering the body thus the audience can connect with thecharacter through the same emotion of shock.
+ Font colour The colour white has been used for the font which connotes innocence, this could mean the victim was an innocent man, or that he himself had done something sinister to an innocent person.
+ Mise-en-scene Body parts start to slowly appear which work in sync with a part of the title, anatomy (which is the bodily structure of an organism) due to the construction of a body being shown. As a result of this it reveals a possible theme of the film could be science, as the body is a scientific object. This could also resemble the uncovering of a body or the case slowly coming together.
+ TypographyThe typography used to introduce the title looks extremely distinct due to thecontrast between black and white which reveals the body was easily found.The typography represents blood due to the liquid effect it portrays. The factthe scale of the lettering differs with each letter portrays the disarray of themurder. Again, the font is white and the fact it is placed on the body suggestthe victim is innocent. The fact the word ‘murder’ is placed on his chest couldshow his cause of death had something to do with his heart or it could alsorepresent him dying for love due to the heart being a common associationwith romance.
+ Camera angles The body is shown in a long shot, from a birds eye view which portrays the audience are seeing this image from another characters perspective, possibly the killers. The effect this shot has on the audience is that the characters perspective we are seeing this from is fleeing the scene due to the long range from the body which could suggest the cause of death was by a sniper.
+ Mise-en-scene Certain body parts are then portrayed in a close up shot to emphasis there significance, starting with the head. The fact the head is the first thing to be shows conveys to the audience that the identity of the victim is of importance ,or was the first thing to discovered, this creates an enigma for the audience as they wonder who the victim is and why they are now dead.
+ Mise-en-scene The arms of the body are then shown, the way they are positioned gives an impression of the victim dragging there body along which shows the killing wasn’t a suicide and that the victim longed to live. It also creates an enigma for the audience as it appears the victim was reaching for something and they are intrigued to find out what.
+ One arm is then thrust forwards which creates confusion for the audience as it has a violent undertone since it is shown to be almost like a punch. This gives a sense of the character having a violent personality or having committed a violent deed especially since arms are often associated with punching thus resulting the audience questioning where this person was innocent or not.
+Parts of the body then split into sections which could simplyrepresent broken bones or possibly a shatter in the case due tothe colour black connoting obscurity, thus it is typical for audienceto think the solving of the case isn’t as straight forward as itappears.
+ The hand of the body is seen once again reaching for something, this to me looks almost sexual firstly because I believe the death has something to do with romance and secondly because it is assumed you will do anything for those whom you love and his dedication to reach for a part of a body appears immensely strong. However the fact the hand then breaks shows he is unsuccessful in reaching it which shows his death has stopped the victim getting what he wants
+The extreme close of the hand emphasis violence, but also couldshow the character is metaphorically holding the fate of the killerin his hands.The style of the title sequence is very cartoonish, yet it stillappears sophisticated and suits the theme of the film due to thecolour choice and Mise-en-scene. The fact the body is the onlyobject to be shown portrays it is was the story hangs upon, andstresses the importance of it.