The Shining Poster by Saul Bass Revealed For Halloween
When Stanley Kubrick commissioned Saul Bass to design the poster for The Shining, he wanted the design to capture the intensity of the movie without giving anything away. The poster’s dark red background and haunting face are a striking contrast that evokes the film’s sense of strangeness. Saul Bass’s work has been reproduced in many works of art and is considered one of the greatest movie posters of all time.
Saul Bass’s movie posters
Some of Saul Bass’s shining movie posters have resurfaced online, just in time for Halloween. The posters were created for Stanley Kubrick’s movie, The Shining. Although Bass was not the main designer for the film, he did submit several drafts for the poster. While the poster resembles Bass’ style, it doesn’t fully represent it.
Saul Bass was a graphic design legend who created some of the most iconic movie posters and film titles. He also collaborated with Stanley Kubrick, a painful perfectionist who had a hand in every aspect of the filmmaking process. His poster for The Shining features a haunting face that emerges from the blackness against a red background. The image is full of mystery and the viewer is reminded of the horror that unfolds in the movie.
Bass was also a famous graphic designer and storyboarder. He worked on numerous films, including Kubrick’s Spartacus and North by Northwest. He also created the poster for Vertigo. He is also thought to have created the shower scene in Psycho. However, there is no definitive proof for this.
While most of Bass’s shining movie posters feature a single color, many of them use a combination of two or three colors. While his work is simple, it is effective, and his designs can be found on album covers, billboards, and envelopes. Many of his work is used in advertising campaigns and has become one of the most iconic movie posters in history.
Another of Saul Bass’s shining movie posters features a Bauhaus-style image that makes it a homage to the art movement of the 1960s. The iconic poster of “The Shining” depicts Jack Nicholson peering through a jagged door, while the other poster features Shelley Duvall screaming. But unlike other horror posters, this movie poster stands alone as a masterpiece of modern art.
Stanley Kubrick’s perfectionism
As a director, Stanley Kubrick was known for his perfectionist tendencies. He was known to shoot dozens of takes on a single shot and was constantly revising his work. His perfectionism was so severe that he once mistreated the actress Shelley Duval on the set of The Shining. Kubrick’s work has caused much embarrassment and criticism, but it is clear that he was a perfectionist.
Often praised as an auteur, Stanley Kubrick has often been criticized for demanding complete control over his films. This fueled his obsession with perfection and led to numerous takes and conflicts with the actors. But despite his perfectionist tendencies, his films remain among the best in the history of cinema.
Kubrick’s perfectionism even extended to his promotional posters. Often, these posters were just as memorable as his films. The poster for his 1968 film Barry Lyndon is arguably one of the most beautiful and elegant posters ever made. Another iconic poster was the one for A Clockwork Orange, which promised audiences adventures of a young man whose interests ranged from Beethoven to rape. Finally, the poster for The Shining featured an unidentified pointillist face and a shocked expression.
Despite the fact that Kubrick was a spiritual perfectionist, he also had a business-savvy side. He worked with a smaller support crew than most directors do, and he made sure that every penny of every film budget went into the movie. He also re-shot scenes to ensure that everything looked perfect.
Despite his perfectionism, his relationship with his actors was also troubled. For instance, he had a great relationship with Jack Nicholson, but his relationship with Shelley Duvall wasn’t as strong. In 2001, for example, the scene where Wendy swings a baseball bat at Jack required 127 takes. Despite this, Duvall said that she was nearly going mad. Furthermore, the ending of the movie was changed at the last minute, after the movie had been in theaters for several days.
Many conspiracy theories surround Stanley Kubrick. Some claim that he belonged to a secret society. Another theory claims that his film Eyes Wide Shut was his death sentence. Critics cite the film’s political content as a reason for Kubrick’s death, as well as his skepticism toward democracy.
Rejected designs by Kubrick
In a recent interview with the BBC, Stanley Kubrick explained that he rejected the designs for a poster for his upcoming film, Shining. In fact, Kubrick wrote notes for each design, explaining why the final version was not the one he wanted. The films director later sent his notes to designer Alfred Bass, who signed them with a bass fish caricature.
Stanley Kubrick is famous for being a perfectionist. The Shining was no exception. Despite working with some of the greatest art directors of all time, Kubrick was so particular about his movie’s poster that he had five designs rejected. Bass was unable to escape Kubrick’s scrutiny, and came up with five different concepts for the poster, all of which were rejected by the director. Kubrick was worried that certain images were irrelevant and that people would not be able to read the title.
A letter written by Kubrick to art director Saul Bass about the original design for the shining poster includes comments on the face version of the poster, the “alien face” version, and the “sun” version. The letter also includes a note that suggests that the poster should have a supernatural or terror theme.
Another famous movie poster, the one showing Jack Nicholson smirking through a jagged hole in a door, with Shelley Duvall screaming in delight, has a much less familiar design. Kubrick wanted Saul Bass to design it, but he ultimately went with another designer. Bass’s design for The Shining used a pointillist impression of a child inside the big ‘T’, the first letter of the film’s title. While the design is iconic, it still gives little away about the film.
Reproductions by Saul Bass
In time for Halloween, some reprinted versions of the Shining poster by Saul Bass have surfaced online. Among them is the famous version featuring handwritten notes from Stanley Kubrick. These posters are considered iconic designs, which show the collaboration between Kubrick and Bass.
The Shining movie poster features the haunting image of a face inside the title letters. This poster was produced by Saul Bass and was licensed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The reproductions of the movie poster are available for purchase in limited edition prints. The poster was hand-pulled screenprinted on yellow paper.
Bass’s work is legendary and renowned for its style and themes. It is often compared to the greatest artwork of the 20th century. Yet, most of the artist’s work is hidden in plain sight. Indeed, you may have seen his poster design within the last 24 hours. Despite this, most people do not know much about this influential artist. Luckily, there is a book that celebrates his life and career.
In addition to poster art, Bass also produced advertisements for Hollywood movies. He often incorporated Kepes’ style into his designs. For example, his poster for “Death of a Salesman” featured a fractured picture of three people. The viewer is asked to figure out what they are looking at by solving the mystery.
Another classic work of Saul Bass is the opening title sequence of Psycho. This film was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to deal with graphic sex. The poster was used for the film’s title sequence. It is a masterpiece of graphic design. Bass’s work is in permanent exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute and Museum of Modern Art.
Saul Bass is one of America’s most famous graphic designers. His posters were printed in the 1960s and 1970s. He later gave the poster to his colleague Arnold Schwartzman when he joined Saul Bass & Associates. In addition, a limited number of copies were printed for Bass’s personal collection.
Bass’ collaboration with Kubrick was a lengthy one. He submitted hundreds of images for Kubrick’s approval. Kubrick eventually chose the final image and had the design adapted by Bass. This design was later used on the majority of advertising in the U.S. Kubrick preferred the canary color, but Bass commissioned a limited print run of the poster in a red hue. Art Krebs Studio silkscreened the final print in red.