The genius of the opening credits

Saul Bass- Style is Substance from The Royal Ocean Film Society on Vimeo.

A few years ago, I wanted to do a story about movie opening credits. It never went anywhere for various reasons, but one of my ideas for the story was a gallery of Saul Bass credit sequences. You know them even if you don’t know him — he did a bunch of Hitchcock films, including “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest” and “Psycho,” as well as a handful of works by Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese, among others.

Bass died in 1996, but every so often something new pops up online hailing his genius. I love when this happens — more people should know about Saul Bass. The latest is a piece from Slate, which highlights a short video put together by Andrew Saladino and the Royal Ocean Film Society.

Watch it above — and enjoy. The man’s work is still as fresh as tomorrow.

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