Why Man Creates

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Why Man Creates
Why Man Creates.jpg
Directed by Saul Bass
Produced by Kaiser Aluminum, Saul Bass & Associates
Written by Saul Bass and Mayo Simon
Starring Paul Saltman
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography Erik Daarstad
Edited by Kent MacKenzie, Albert Nalpas, Cliffe Oland
Distributed by Pyramid Films [1], [2]
Release dates
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
25 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Spanish

Why Man Creates is a 1968 animated short documentary film which discusses the nature of creativity. It was written by Saul Bass and Mayo Simon, and directed by Saul Bass. It won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. An abbreviated version of it ran on the first broadcast of CBS' 60 Minutes, on September 24, 1968.

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".


Although uncredited, George Lucas, who was studying film at USC at the time, was the second unit cameraman on this film.[1] Portions of this film also appear in the Saul Bass pitch video for the Bell System logo redesign.[2]

Video release[edit]

This film is distributed by Pyramid Media. They offer English and Spanish versions, DVD and VHS versions, and also offer two differently-priced version (one for an educational/institutional license, and one for a personal-use license).

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