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Bass Ackwards

dude, you know Saul Bass is a graphical genius.  I’ve told you many times

dude also made some wicked awesome movie shorts, which were SOOOO wicked awesome!!!!

and in his lifetime, he made ONE feature film – Phase IV.  it didn’t do so hot with critics & moneywise at the box office, so there was no film two, but that ONE film, which I saw last nite, is equal parts BLAMMMMMMMMAZING, creepy jeepeys, crazed, and MSTK worthy material

peep thiz Zardozesque trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and look at all this & that that is in this movie.  IT’S INSANITY!!!

phas iv pillars

there are like Star Wars arcade game / Easter Island pillar things!!!

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and blue gas smoke!!!

PHAS IV BLUE

and yellow gas smoke!!!

phas iv yellow

and ants with brains that want to unite and take over earth or something!!!

antz phase iv

and way too many ant close-ups that are WAY too close-up for comfort

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and way too close to people’s eyes

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and like shiny diamond things that shine on!!!

phase 4 diamonds

and gross $hit!!!

ant crush

and like crazy 70s acid cinema stuff

dissolve phase 4

like some super trippy funked assed sh!t!!!!!!!!!!

sun phase iv

and some of dis!!!!!!!!

phase iv 114

BLESS YOU SAUL BASS!!!!!!!!!

directed by saul bass

sorry the sun set on your filmmaking career after your ambitious, perhaps biting off more than it could chew one feature!!

and there was even an alternate ending to the movie, so ludicrously delicious, that no studio in their right mind would let it be the actual ending, and so, that there studio did NOT indeed let that be the ending, but lemme tell you, this ending is the greatest, mos mind-bendingiest ending of a movie (maybe possibly probably) EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bells Yeah!!

Saul Bass + Bell Telephone Company = 60s/9ever logo bestness

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[AT&T | Gizmodo]

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Bass Forward

dude, you all know that Saul Bass was the fcuking man, herspecially when it came to movie posters, title sequences, and logo design, but did you know that he also dabbled in filmmaking???  he released one full length feature that bombed, and 5 shorts, one an Oscar winner – Why Man Creates [WATCH!], and two others that were nominated by the Academy as well!

I was lucky enuff to catch a rare screening of 4 of them shorts, thanks to Lincoln Center, and in particular his little seen/known short from 1984 – Quest (it doesn’t even have a wiki page!).  Shiz was based off of a Ray Bradbury short story, and was about a society of people stuck on some planet where they live their entire life over a span of 8 days, but are trying to live longer than that(!!!).  Shiz was truly incredible, both visually and emotionally!  It was like watching The Neverending Story meets Tron meeting Return of The Jedi meets that 1984 Apple commercial meets like a zillion of those creepy cool 70s/80s sci-fi book covers!!

SAUL FCUKING BASS + BAD FUTURE = MY TOTAL JAMMY JAM, YO!!!

quest 3 Quest



HOW DO I GO TO THERE???

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A Bass From The Past

BIKE RELEVANT!!!!!!

sketches by Saul Bass for the film poster of The Shining

via TOH

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