Steven Spielberg

“I dream for a living.”
– Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In a career spanning six decades, Spielberg’s films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg’s early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.  Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg’s films – Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993) – achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg’s wealth at $3.0 billion.

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It's a game of swimming with sharks.

He’s the man.  Period.

Well, ok, fine, I’ll expand but it just seems so obvious.  Without a doubt, the most successful film director in the history of motion pictures.  I’m not talking about just box-office either.  Genre defining films, modern classics, pushing film technology forward, giant thrill rides, Oscar winners and nominees – he’s done it all.

It’s back to his roots, however, that place him on my list.  If you know the struggle of getting “Jaws” to screen, you might remember that the mechanical shark never worked.  The schedule was way past the intended shooting dates.  There was additional stress beyond most films.  People lost faith in the project.  Shooting on the water, a difficult location, made every single shot ten times as hard to accomplish.  He pushed through, he didn’t back down, he fought everything.  Art through adversity.  If life gives you faulty sharks- make one of the best films of all time!

I’m facing major adversity on a new project.  It’s ongoing adversity for years of development.  I connect with filmmakers that have beaten the odds.  Not backed down.  Steven’s story of “Jaws” is like a bolt of lightning in my drive to continue with the project.

“Jaws” is also that rare breed of film that had the power to affect people in real life.  How many people won’t set a toe in the ocean after seeing this film?  How many people are scared of sharks even when they pose little threat to humans at all?  Why is this?  It’s because of a movie told so well that it leapt out of the screen and into the minds of its audience… for the rest of their lives, in many cases.  I only hope I can make films that can have that level of impact one day.

The first film I ever cried at was E.T.  Sobbed like a baby (well, I was only four or five at the time it was in theatres, to be fair) all the way home.  My dad pointed up at the sky outside the Forest Glade Cinema right after the movie ended and said “Look, its E.T.’s ship!”  I was in awe.  I saw E.T. going home and I was more sad.  Clearly it was a plane… but it the power of imagination to believe – that kept me glued to Spielberg films as a child.

E.T. was the first film I ever saw in a movie theatre.  We’re talking about the days before my house had a VCR.  Before home video was popular at all.  E.T. and that experience in the movie theatre changed me forever.  I instantly loved movies and everything about them and haven’t stopped since.  I couldn’t say the same if it had been Police Academy or Ghandi my parents had taken me to see that night.

Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, and Jurassic Park… Steven has kept my imagination active while my butt is in a movie theatre seat.  His films are the original series of films that made me.  He’s produced and executive produced countless directors after his breakout and continues to provide opportunity for filmmakers with each year that passes.

I still look up at the night sky whenever in the neighbourhood of the Forest Glade Cinemas and look to see if I can spot E.T.’s ship.

Are you in the film business or a fan of his work?  Were you inspired by Steven Spielberg?  If so, what do you like about them?  Leave a comment below, post a scene from his films or interviews from youtube with him.  I dare you!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. your mum
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 11:11:51

    whatever

    Reply

    • GMB
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 18:34:22

      Big thoughts, big man.

      Reply

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