Saul Bass animated for Google

I've always been interested in the work of Saul Bass and was delighted to get the opportunity to celebrate his birthday on the Google homepage. From the outset I wanted to celebrate a number of his film credits in succinct succession, as well as a nod in the direction of his poster work. Film rights can be problematic so I wasn't completely sure of the order of cutting, but as it turned out every studio was a pleasure to work with. Corresponding with Jennifer Bass was inspirational and led to hearing that Saul Bass was a Dave Brubeck fan. Although I hadn't synched animation to music we found a Brubeck track that managed to hit the right notes. Again, the Brubeck estate were superb to work with.

I drew everything in Illustrator before animating in After Effects. I hope I found a way to merge Google  with Bass' graphic sensibilities. You'll be able to see the doodle on your countries homepage on Tuesday 7th and Wed 8th May 2013, and also HERE

22 comments:

Matt J said...

Lovely spread. Bass would've dug your skipping time piece

max said...

I just saw it, it's wonderful.

galvinator said...

Excellent, love the Hitchcocks and Anatomy of a Murder tributes

sillymom said...

Very nice.

jacques strauss said...

I saw it first thing this morning. Truly epic. You did the MAN justice :)

Bob Currier said...

Best Google Doodle EVER. Seriously. Amazing work, and I love the touch of having the skipping clock set to 5:00, which I'm guessing is a nod to 'Take Five.'

Markus Motum said...

What a tribute! Absolutely love the google doodle and passed it onto my friends to see.

K.B. said...

So fantastic !!!!!!!!

GeogJoan52 said...

Awesome item. My favorite google doodle in a long time, tied with Martha Graham for the best ever.

The Brubeck piece is not "Take Five." Could you credit the actual piece, please? (Wish I could recall which one it was, or I'd simply add it here myself.)

Craig Mackay said...

Love it!

Matthew Cruickshank said...

Thanks guys!

GeogJoan52 - the hover text reads "Unsquare Dance"- not sure it's titled Take Five anywhere?

Roger Bleiler said...

Matt, brilliant. I'm an AD from the later part of that era, and a Brubeck fan. LOVED it!

Roger Bleiler said...

The music is Unsquare Dance, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Take five is in five; Unsquare Dance is in seven...

RWCable said...

Matt: Thanks! Your GOOGLE doodle was so much fun - a reminder of two "greats" in the arts. I am now your fan!
Roberta Cable, Kauai

jan said...

Best Google doodle yet! Thanks so much for your creativity as well as that of Saul Bass.

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Phil Spehar said...

Love this man, I think Saul Bass would approve!!

gur-B said...

Thats not a doodle ! Its a well constructed tiny masterpiece

JP said...

Killer work Matt- teach me your ways

Matthew Cruickshank said...

Some heavyweights leaving comments here! Honoured

M said...

When I saw it, I was sure it was you the man behind it. Kudos for your masterpiece.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Haw! Nice work!!!!