Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vertigo - Saul Bass

I was thinking about some of my other favorite opening sequences to movies, of course specifically ones involving motion graphics, and one of my favorite movies of all time, Vertigo, came to mind. The opening sequence is a combination of live action as well as graphics, and it along with its eerie music creates an uneasy feeling right from the beginning of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

The opening sequence, I learned, was designed by famed graphic designer and subject of class discussions, Saul Bass. Bass used a number of shapes and colors to create the anxious atmosphere that Jimmy Stewart's character experiences throughout the movie due to his vertigo, as well as the thrilling storyline. Bass uses vibrant color on top of a black and white live image to captivate the audience right from the opening sequence. He links the uneasiness of the scene perfectly to the score playing in the background as well.

The sequence is a classic example of a great designer using simple graphics to tell a story before it's even been told!

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