Saturday, November 18, 2017

Architect of Film:Saul Bass's Title Design for "Anatomy of a Murder" [1959]

To a swaggering score by Duke Ellington, the solid black, scissor-cut, abstracted shapes of a disassembled human figure pop and slide into our grey background view - but not necessarily in order, and ultimately not clearly connected. With the roughly drawn text of the titles thrown up in stark, white relief we are quickly informed that although the body is clearly a murdered one, how & why may be somewhat of a puzzle. As always in his title designs, Bass introduces the story to come, not with a bland exposition, but rather a startling subtlety. 


Watch the animated sequence below -


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Architecture of "THX 1138" [1971)

Directed by George Lucas
Art Direction by Michael D. Haller

Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory











 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit tunnel
   Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit tunnel

 Location: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
  Location: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
  Location: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
 
Confessional Art: State sanctioned deity "OMM-0910":"Christ Giving His Blessing" by Hans Memling, 1478

 


Location: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
  
   Location: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA


















 

 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit tunnel
  Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit tunnel
  Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit tunnel
Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
 Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
 Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory




 
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
  Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit



 Posey & Webster Street Tube, San Francisco, CA
  Caldecott Tunnel, San Francisco, CA

  Posey & Webster Street Tube, San Francisco, CA




 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit Transbay Tube
 Location: Bay Area Rapid Transit Transbay Tube