Saul Bass and Kyle Cooper

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Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was an American Graphic Designer  and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion picture title sequences.

He worked for ALfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick, among many others.

Amongst his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addict’s arm for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm the text racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of the United Nations building in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that raced together and was pulled apart for Psycho (1960).


Kyle Cooper is an acclaimed modern designer of motion picture title sequences. Cooper created the title sequence for the 1995 American crime film Se7en, a seminal work which received critical acclaim.

According to Cooper, at the time he made the title sequence for Seven, main title sequences were behind of what was happening in print, music videos and commercials. He wanted to create main titles that were raising the bar creatively

His work in the field of film title design is often compared to Saul Bass.

Here is a link to the opening credits of Se7en

Anatomy of a MurderSaul Bass – Anatomy of a Murder

What’s In A Title

I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a top-ten list of my favorite films for a while now. But it’s proven to be as challenging as choosing a favorite child. I can’t bear the thought of some young director turning to a life of crime dramas and reality TV because they didn’t make it on my list so; I’ve decided to focus on film titles instead.

The main-title sequence of a film has become a form of art all to its own. The medium is shorter and in some ways harder to master. Titles are short introductions and closings to films and television shows that list the names of the cast and crew involved in the production. The craft has evolved from merely listing credits to capturing the essence of the film. Creating a distillation of the story by combining both graphic wit and cinematic prowess that honor the intentions of the filmmaker.

Anatomy of a Murder

Saul Bass – Anatomy of a Murder
Let’s get the obvious out of the way shall we? You can’t talk about the art of the title sequence without mentioning its first real pioneer, Saul Bass. Considered the father of the medium, his work made an indelible mark on the films of the 50s and 60s. He made a name for himself by creating bold film posters and so the transition to motion made perfect sense. A master of graphic minimalism and subtle motion design, Bass redefined the purpose of a film’s opening credits.

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