Very little is known about about Michel Saignes. He studied graphics and animation at l’Ecole Estienne and the Métiers d’Art, focusing on advertising and airbrushing practices. After graduating, he was introduced to animation by joining a member of the team who participated in La bergère et le ramoneur by Paul Grimault. He produced animated commercials, explaining, “I was already more a filmmaker than a graphic designer”. Michel Saignes returned Eurocitel in the early 70s. Although deeply inspired by the work of Saul Bass, he aimed to define his own style, creating title sequences for television and film. He occasionally collaborated with Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Melville and Claude Zidi.