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Steven spielberg

A life of a director

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Steven spielberg

  1. 1. Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
  2. 2. ChildhoodChildhood  Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati,Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio.Ohio.  Grew up as the only Jewish family in the neighborhood, thisGrew up as the only Jewish family in the neighborhood, this impacted his childhood and later his movies.impacted his childhood and later his movies.  Looking for a distraction from life, young Spielberg picked up hisLooking for a distraction from life, young Spielberg picked up his father’s 8mm camera, which was to be his newfound hobby. Infather’s 8mm camera, which was to be his newfound hobby. In which he created many short films, enlisting his family members aswhich he created many short films, enlisting his family members as cast members.cast members.  At the age of 13, Spielberg taught himself how to master cameraAt the age of 13, Spielberg taught himself how to master camera angles, technical tricks, and visual storytelling skills.angles, technical tricks, and visual storytelling skills.  His first feature-length film, “Firelight”, was two-and-a-half-hoursHis first feature-length film, “Firelight”, was two-and-a-half-hours long. Firelight showed at a local movie theatre, whereby Spielberglong. Firelight showed at a local movie theatre, whereby Spielberg made one hundred dollars in profit in one night from his film.made one hundred dollars in profit in one night from his film.  After graduating from high school, Spielberg attempted to enroll intoAfter graduating from high school, Spielberg attempted to enroll into film school but failed due to poor high school grades.film school but failed due to poor high school grades.
  3. 3. Early YearsEarly Years  He attended California State College at Long Beach, andHe attended California State College at Long Beach, and majored in English.majored in English.  After graduating from college in 1970, Spielberg snuckAfter graduating from college in 1970, Spielberg snuck onto the Universal Studios lot and tried to convinceonto the Universal Studios lot and tried to convince producers to look at his films.producers to look at his films.  Spielberg’s film, “Amblin” told the story of a coupleSpielberg’s film, “Amblin” told the story of a couple hitchhiking from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific Ocean.hitchhiking from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific Ocean.  Spielberg scrounged together fifteen thousand dollarsSpielberg scrounged together fifteen thousand dollars from his friends and family to make this 22-minute film.from his friends and family to make this 22-minute film.  The film “Amblin” revealed Spielberg’s talent and aThe film “Amblin” revealed Spielberg’s talent and a producer from Universal Studios, contracted Spielbergproducer from Universal Studios, contracted Spielberg for 7 years after he saw the movie “Amblin”.for 7 years after he saw the movie “Amblin”.
  4. 4. 1973 - First assignment at Universal Studios1973 - First assignment at Universal Studios  Universal assigned Spielberg to make a filmUniversal assigned Spielberg to make a film made for television, “Duel”. “Duel” is about amade for television, “Duel”. “Duel” is about a traveling salesman whose car is relentlesslytraveling salesman whose car is relentlessly chased down rural highways by a large truckchased down rural highways by a large truck with an unseen driver.with an unseen driver.  The American public enjoyed this thriller, andThe American public enjoyed this thriller, and was popular enough to be shown in theaterswas popular enough to be shown in theaters overseas. The movie “Duel” may still beoverseas. The movie “Duel” may still be considered to be the best American televisionconsidered to be the best American television movie ever made.movie ever made.
  5. 5. 19741974  The film “Sugerland Express” was released inThe film “Sugerland Express” was released in 1974 as Spielberg’s feature film debut.1974 as Spielberg’s feature film debut.  Inspired by a real incident, SpielbergInspired by a real incident, Spielberg constructed this movie about a young coupleconstructed this movie about a young couple that led a police chase across Texas as theythat led a police chase across Texas as they attempt to retrieve their baby from the fosterattempt to retrieve their baby from the foster parents.parents.  It received praise from box office critics butIt received praise from box office critics but failed at the box office.failed at the box office.  ““The Sugerland Express” won a Cannes FilmThe Sugerland Express” won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best ScreenplayFestival Award for Best Screenplay
  6. 6. 1975 – “Jaws”1975 – “Jaws”  ““Jaws” became Spielberg’s claim to fame, becoming theJaws” became Spielberg’s claim to fame, becoming the top-grossing film of all time in 1975.top-grossing film of all time in 1975.  The movie was nominated for Best Picture at theThe movie was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and won a few technical awards.Oscars, and won a few technical awards.  ““Jaws” marked a new movie genre, the blockbuster. TheJaws” marked a new movie genre, the blockbuster. The blockbuster movie could be interpreted as a highlyblockbuster movie could be interpreted as a highly anticipated movie that made a lot of money and capturedanticipated movie that made a lot of money and captured both critics and viewers attention.both critics and viewers attention.  In 1998, the film was named by the American FilmIn 1998, the film was named by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films of theInstitute as one of the 100 best American films of the century.century.
  7. 7. 1977 – “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”1977 – “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”  Spielberg created and directedSpielberg created and directed “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”,“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, in 1977.in 1977.  He showed the viewing audience hisHe showed the viewing audience his passion for science fiction.passion for science fiction.  This film earned Spielberg his firstThis film earned Spielberg his first Oscar nomination for best director.Oscar nomination for best director.
  8. 8. ““Indiana Jones”Indiana Jones”  1977 - Spielberg told George1977 - Spielberg told George Lucas he wanted to make a filmLucas he wanted to make a film with the James Bond character.with the James Bond character.  Lucas suggested a movie set inLucas suggested a movie set in the 1930’s about an archaeologistthe 1930’s about an archaeologist and his adventures.and his adventures.  ““Indiana Jones and the Raiders ofIndiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc” came out in 1981.the Lost Arc” came out in 1981.  Spielberg won an Academy AwardSpielberg won an Academy Award nomination for best director.nomination for best director.  Later he directed the film’s twoLater he directed the film’s two sequels, “Indiana Jones and thesequels, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “IndianaTemple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”Jones and the Last Crusade.”
  9. 9. 1982 – “E.T.”1982 – “E.T.”  In 1982, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” toppled theIn 1982, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” toppled the film Jaws from the all time top-grossing moviefilm Jaws from the all time top-grossing movie ranking.ranking.  Appealed to suburban America, the story lineAppealed to suburban America, the story line became a classic hit.became a classic hit. • Once again, Spielberg earned an AcademyOnce again, Spielberg earned an Academy Award nomination for best director,Award nomination for best director, Spielberg’s status was “the first director sinceSpielberg’s status was “the first director since Alfred Hitchcock to become a householdAlfred Hitchcock to become a household name.”name.”
  10. 10. 1982 - Spielberg creates “Amblin” Entertainment1982 - Spielberg creates “Amblin” Entertainment  Universal Studios restricted theUniversal Studios restricted the amount of films he could produce,amount of films he could produce, this was a hindrance to Spielberg’sthis was a hindrance to Spielberg’s will, therefore, he was stimulated towill, therefore, he was stimulated to found his own production companyfound his own production company “Amblin”.“Amblin”.  Amblin Entertainment, using theAmblin Entertainment, using the E.T. logo as its trademark of goodE.T. logo as its trademark of good fortune from the movie E.T.fortune from the movie E.T.  At this point in his career SpielbergAt this point in his career Spielberg was perceived more as of awas perceived more as of a producer than a director.producer than a director.  Spielberg did not find producing asSpielberg did not find producing as satisfying as directing and graduallysatisfying as directing and gradually has become less involved.has become less involved.
  11. 11. 1985 – “The Color Purple”1985 – “The Color Purple”  Spielberg directed “The Color Purple” (whichSpielberg directed “The Color Purple” (which launched Oprah Winfrey's career), as alaunched Oprah Winfrey's career), as a response to critics claiming that he can't makeresponse to critics claiming that he can't make a "serious" movie.a "serious" movie.  This “serious” movie received a lot of “serious”This “serious” movie received a lot of “serious” critical acclaim, and brought the Directors Guildcritical acclaim, and brought the Directors Guild of America award to Spielberg for Theatricalof America award to Spielberg for Theatrical Direction in 1985, as well as 11 OscarDirection in 1985, as well as 11 Oscar nominations, but not one honoring the director.nominations, but not one honoring the director.  As a consolation prize, he did receive theAs a consolation prize, he did receive the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1987.prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1987.
  12. 12.  1987 saw the release of “Empire of the Sun”1987 saw the release of “Empire of the Sun” ““Always” was released in 1989Always” was released in 1989 ““Hook” was released in 1991.Hook” was released in 1991. These were each moderate successes, while theThese were each moderate successes, while the latter two were pretty forgettable, especially by thelatter two were pretty forgettable, especially by the time 1993 came around.time 1993 came around.
  13. 13. 1993 – “Jurassic Park”1993 – “Jurassic Park”
  14. 14. Jurassic ParkJurassic Park  Spielberg made a major careerSpielberg made a major career resurgence in 1993 with the specialresurgence in 1993 with the special effect-heavy dinosaur extravaganzaeffect-heavy dinosaur extravaganza Jurassic Park.Jurassic Park.  Jurassic Park made an outstandingJurassic Park made an outstanding impression, with a record-settingimpression, with a record-setting opening weekend gross of $70opening weekend gross of $70 million and a total gross of $357million and a total gross of $357 million.million.  The film encouraged and launchedThe film encouraged and launched other big money franchises,other big money franchises, including two sequels, the lostincluding two sequels, the lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), whichWorld: Jurassic Park (1997), which Spielberg directed, and JurassicSpielberg directed, and Jurassic Park 3, which he produced.Park 3, which he produced.
  15. 15. ““Schindler’s List”Schindler’s List”  Also in 1993, Spielberg displayed anAlso in 1993, Spielberg displayed an affectionate, caring, and giving side of himselfaffectionate, caring, and giving side of himself when he released his sobering black and whitewhen he released his sobering black and white adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s prize winningadaptation of Thomas Keneally’s prize winning novel "Schindler’s List", the story of anovel "Schindler’s List", the story of a complicated real life hero.complicated real life hero.  "Schindler’s List" earned over $100 million at"Schindler’s List" earned over $100 million at the box office.the box office.  Spielberg gave all of his earnings from the filmSpielberg gave all of his earnings from the film to the Righteous Persons Foundation, anto the Righteous Persons Foundation, an organization that supports a number of projectsorganization that supports a number of projects that impacted modern Jewish life.that impacted modern Jewish life.
  16. 16. 1998-20051998-2005  20052005 “Munich”“Munich”  2005 “2005 “War of the Worlds”War of the Worlds”  2004 “2004 “The Terminal”The Terminal”  2002 “2002 “Catch Me If YouCatch Me If You Can”Can”  2002 “2002 “Minority Report”Minority Report”  2001 “2001 “A.I.”A.I.”  1998 “1998 “Saving Private Ryan”Saving Private Ryan”
  17. 17.  Roger Ebert (Sun-Times film critic) said: "If Spielberg neverRoger Ebert (Sun-Times film critic) said: "If Spielberg never directed another film, his place in movie history would bedirected another film, his place in movie history would be secure. No other director has been more successful at the boxsecure. No other director has been more successful at the box office and few placed more titles on various lists of greatoffice and few placed more titles on various lists of great films. No director or producer has ever put together a morefilms. No director or producer has ever put together a more popular body of work" (popular body of work" ( FilmmakersFilmmakers).).
  18. 18. ThanksThanks Rahul SaxenaRahul Saxena

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