Lets talk about Spielberg…
Spielberg is more than just a master of technique and technology, he is a great storyteller. That’s the key for great movies and another reason that he is the top director ever — he’s told more good stories better over a longer time than anyone else.
Spielberg was credited for starting the tradition of the summer blockbuster after his 1975’s mega hit Jaws cleared $100 million at the box office. According to Forbes’ “400 Richest People In America,” Spielberg’s fortune is an estimated $2.5 billion.
Schindler’s List was considered to be the most expensive black and white film ever made but Spielberg didn’t accept any payment for his work on this movie. He stated that any money accepted would be “blood money”, considering the Holocaust. When asked what are the films he’s made he would like to be remembered for, he said E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Schindler’s List (1993).
His longtime friend George Lucas originally wanted him to direct the third entry of the original Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Spielberg was eager to do so, but Lucas was unsuccessful in getting him the job because of his dispute with the Director’s Guild at the time.
He has directed ten films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Jaws (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Color Purple (1985), Schindler’s List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Munich (2005), War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012) and Bridge of Spies (2015). Of these, Schindler’s List (1993) is the only one to have won the award.
According to friend and veteran film editor Michael Kahn, Spielberg will not watch a cut of his film without temp music. Temp music is music used in production that conveys the mood or atmosphere of the scene. For an AFI survey, Spielberg designated Lawrence of Arabia as his favorite film.
He is at his most productive and creative when working on more than one project at a time, be it as producer and/or director: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) + Poltergeist (1982) / Schindler’s List (1993) + Jurassic Park (1993) / War Horse (2011) + The Adventures of Tintin (2011), etc.
He directed six of the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies: Jaws (1975) at #2, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at #10, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) at #31, Jurassic Park (1993) at #35, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) at #44 and Saving Private Ryan (1998) at #45.
Spielberg is an excellent shot with a shotgun. Actor Shia LaBeouf once said about his shooting, “He’s an Olympic shot. The hand-eye co-ordination of that man is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. If he weren’t a great director, he could be one of our greatest snipers”.
He often casts new actors based on their performances in other works. Steven rarely does auditions for major roles. Spielberg loves to have the recognizable, dramatic theme song. … It is a unique shot that Spielberg has used multiple times.
Steven Spielberg Now Has 4 Different Movies In Development. … He isn’t just resting on his classic films like the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises, Spielberg is consistently working on new projects while still remaining faithful to his old films.
“Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship, and understanding through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.”
– Steven Spielberg
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