Monday, March 03, 2008

Saul Bass's Star Wars

Galley Friend M.R. sends us this fantastic video, a send up of what the Star Wars title credits might have looked like if done by legendary '60s designer Saul Bass. You'll love it:

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope that music really was by John Williams!

Anonymous said...

I think Lucas would be a greeter at Walmart right now if he had used Saul Bass for Star Wars...

Jason said...

That was awesome. Very well done.

Anonymous said...

that was absolutely brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Twenty times better!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! Love the retro look.

Dieubussy said...

A very droll exercise, but Bass's graphics were of a much better quality - considering he did most of is work before the PC, we must admit he is indeed amazing.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Actually, that one elephant-looking character was from "Jedi," but still that's really cool!

Anonymous said...

Very clever. Well done.

Alan Bacchus said...

tres tres cool! Good work!

Anonymous said...

it's "Starring" not "Staring"

MAX REBO said...

Great for the pink panther, bad for star wars. I pitty the fool that likes this retro intro.

David said...

I'm a big fan of Saul Bass and can't say enough about this send-up. Fantastic job.

Anonymous said...

That sucked ass!!!

jeremiah said...

Pretty neat idea...considering Lucas was kicked out of the directors guild because he didn't use opening credits in any star wars film (and because he gave directing credit to Kirshner for Empire) it makes it seem kind of weird

eviltimes said...

Sweet!

Anonymous said...

Actually, Lucas was kicked out of the DGA not because he didn't include opening credits, but because he gave himself credit at the beginning (via the Lucasfilm logo) but no one else. The DGA determined that Lucasfilm was not a production company but just a sneaky way for Lucas to give himself credit without having to do a full set of opening credits.

Anonymous said...

That was great. Really kept with the style of the times. If I had never seen star wars i would have never know that was made today. Great job

Anonymous said...

NOT BAD!!! Different music would have been even better, though. However, very well thought out!

Tamas said...

LoL... Whoever "Anonymous" is, the tall tale of the DGA having problems with the LUCASFILM logo is friggin' hilarious. Lucas did run into trouble because he had no opening credits. Whatever Anonymous is smokin' must be some good stuff. ;)

Nice Bass-like credits, BTW. The original is more striking, however.

Christopher Dalley said...

If only Star Wars had received such and inspired treatment in the first place... That film might have actually gone somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Do you guys realize how incredibly stupid the video is?

Anonymous said...

Talk about lame and outdated... Thank the maker that Saul Bass never got near the Star Wars.

Anonymous said...

From a french Bass fan : What a wonderful way to start the day! Congratulations for that brilliant job. Wish the great Saul B. was alive to watch this.

Anonymous said...

Bass was a legend. The video is what Star Wars would have been like if it had been made like 30 years earlier. Pretty neat.

Anonymous said...

really nice work but so irrevalent i guess...
and i must say that i know realized why the star wars is the star wars! that intro wouldnt fit!

Rhindle the Red said...

Very nice. A lot of fun.

But to those who were discussing the Lucas/WGA issue, please understand that Lucas was not thrown out of the WGA, he quit over their demanding that his films follow the standard credit sequence outlined by their rules, rather than the ones he wanted. He has never and will never rejoin, despite many pleas by his friend Steven Spielberg (a big WGA guy) to come back.

Anonymous said...

That's why the WGA slipped some drugs in Lucas' coffee to increase the size of his neck to Jabba the Huts! Now he's God of the Goiters!

Mike said...

Do any of you who criticize this (humorous) exercise even know who Saul Bass was?