Thursday, 23 June 2011

Why Man Creates by Saul Bass

I first read about Saul Bass when I was a student working an design project based on Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Vertigo. Saul Bass pretty much reinvented the way we see movie intro sequences today with his famed animated approach to The man with the golden arm.

With my never ending quest and interest in the concept of why we create and what creativity can bring to our lives, I loved watching Saul Bass's short film title Why man creates released in 1968. The film looks at “a series of explorations, episodes & comments on creativity.”

Why Man Creates focuses on the creative process and the different approaches taken to that process. It is divided into eight sections: The Edifice, Fooling Around, The Process, Judgment, A Parable, Digression, The Search, and The Mark. In 2002, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Via Wikipedia

“Playful yet profound, the film is a series of sequences that at first appear unconnected but eventually converge into a compelling exploration of (wo)man’s most fundamental impetus to create.” Via brain picking. SPOILER I love the bits on the never ending illusive concept of process and public critique on an artist's work. It's so true!

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