Saul bass ’ s career as a title sequence began after he collaborated with Otto Preminger to design the poster for Carmen Jones . Preminger was so impressed with his work that he asked him to design the title sequence as well.
Carmen Jones poster- Saul Bass Carmen Jones title sequence Saul Bass was one of the first title sequence designers to realize the creative potential of the opening and closing credits of a movie.
Catalogue of work. The man with the golden arm The seven year itch Psycho The big knife Attack Trapeze Saint Joan Walk on the wild side Seconds Carp fear Westside story Anatomy of a murder
Analysis of This title sequence consists of white lines which affects and unsettles the audience as it loosely presents veins and syringes. The lines appear in a stabbing motion and border the titles to connote conflict and the idea of being trapped in a small space. Finally the title “golden arm” appears as a distorted as it was reaching out for something.
Psycho title sequence Psycho’s title sequence is made up of grey lines coming on and off of a black screen. These lines appear on the screen in a stabbing motion to show that violence will be included in the film . This technique is also used by Bass in his title sequence “The man with the golden arm”.
When the titles appear on the screen, the entrance of the grey lines go through the them making them scrambled. This could suggest that in the film identities are scrambled. The typography is bold, plain writing with smooth edges. This could connote that the “psycho” character comes across as “normal” in is everyday life around others, however has a dark side. The black and white colour contrast could also show this as the background could show his dark side behind his every day normal life, seen by others.
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