“Despite the fact that true title sequences aren’t really something that most movies carry today, the ones that do feature them are almost always in debt to Bass’ style and philosophy.”
“What you’re seeing is actually a short version of the film you’re about to watch, almost always broken down to one or two simple visualised ideas.”
15 minutes well-spent watching a couple of commentaries about the title sequences of Saul Bass. I had to smile, again, at how good the man was at his job.
The first commentary (above) is narrated Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society. Via swissmiss.
The second, The Look of Saul Bass (below), has commentary from title designer Kyle Cooper and introduced me to a few great title sequences I hadn’t seen.