History Creator / StevenSpielberg

28th Apr '16 12:03:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* CreatorCameo: Spielberg has a brief cameo at the end of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', where he plays the Assessor of Cook County, Illinois (i.e. the guy they actually need to pay the $5000 bucks to save the orphanage to). He also has a small appearance in his 1972 MadeForTVMovie ''Something Evil'' (a rare non-{{Universal}} TV effort) and in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' as the guy driving the trolley while Billy's dad is on the phone.
24th Apr '16 11:35:05 PM erforce
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* TheOner: Unlike many other directors, Spielberg's oners are on the short end of the scale (averaging about 1-1:30), and he rarely calls attention to them. Many of them are more "invisible coverage" of a scene, essentially moving around actors, the camera and action to create "separate shots" but without breaking up the action. Some great examples includes Marcus and Indy's dialogue at Indy's home in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1:36) or the dialogue above the ferry in ''{{Jaws}}'' (1:43).

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* TheOner: Unlike many other directors, Spielberg's oners are on the short end of the scale (averaging about 1-1:30), and he rarely calls attention to them. Many of them are more "invisible coverage" of a scene, essentially moving around actors, the camera and action to create "separate shots" but without breaking up the action. Some great examples includes Marcus and Indy's dialogue at Indy's home in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1:36) or the dialogue above the ferry in ''{{Jaws}}'' ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' (1:43).
21st Apr '16 6:51:24 PM Piando
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After playing with his father's 8mm camera as a kid, he enrolled in a community college with a small film program and used those connections to get work directing TV episodes (including ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') until he got his big break, a low-budget, cult hit TV film ''Film/{{Duel}}''. ''Duel'' was an expertly made, taut thriller that was such a hit on TV that he was allowed to shoot more scenes to give it a cinema release in Europe. It got him a lot of attention, enough to be brought on as the director for the film that would launch him into the stratosphere, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the [[UrExample first]] summer blockbuster (setting the record for highest grossing movie just before ''Film/StarWars'' came out, pushing the record up even further. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time).

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After playing with his father's 8mm camera as a kid, he enrolled in a community college with a small film program and used those connections to get work directing TV episodes (including ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') until he got his big break, a low-budget, cult hit TV film ''Film/{{Duel}}''. ''Duel'' was an expertly made, taut thriller that was such a hit on TV that he was allowed to shoot more scenes to give it a cinema release in Europe. It got him a lot of attention, enough to be brought on as the director for the film that would launch him into the stratosphere, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the [[UrExample first]] summer blockbuster (setting the record for highest grossing movie just before ''Film/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' came out, pushing the record up even further. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time).
14th Apr '16 8:28:03 AM KevinKlawitter
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* ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'' (2017)
* ''Robopocalypse'' (????)

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* ''The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'' (2017)
* ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'' (2017)
* ''Robopocalypse'' (????)
(2018)



* ProductionPosse: Often works with producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, composer Creator/JohnWilliams, editor Michael Kahn, and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

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* ProductionPosse: ProductionPosse:
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Often works with producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, composer Creator/JohnWilliams, editor Kennedy
** Creator/JohnWilliams has composed the scores to all of his movies but two (''Film/TheColorPurple'' and ''Film/BridgeOfSpies''
** Editor
Michael Kahn, and cinematographer Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.Kaminski, and Production Designer Rick Carter have worked on nearly all of Spielberg's movies since the 90s.
** Spielberg has worked with writer Creator/DavidKoepp five times, and Creator/TonyKushner three times.
** Creator/TomHanks has worked with Spielberg four times, Creator/HarrisonFord will have worked with him five times (six if you could his DeletedRole in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''), and Creator/MarkRylance is set to work with him four times.
29th Mar '16 5:59:33 PM PaulA
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After playing with his father's 8mm camera as a kid, he enrolled in a community college with a small film program and used those connections to get work directing TV episodes (including ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') until he got his big break, a low-budget, cult hit TV film ''Film/{{Duel}}''. ''Duel'' was an expertly made, taut thriller that was such a hit on TV that he was allowed to shoot more scenes to give it a cinema release in Europe. It got him a lot of attention, enough to be brought on as the director for the film that would launch him into the stratosphere, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the [[UrExample first]] summer blockbuster (setting the record for highest grossing movie just before ''StarWars'' came out, pushing the record up even further. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time).

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After playing with his father's 8mm camera as a kid, he enrolled in a community college with a small film program and used those connections to get work directing TV episodes (including ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') until he got his big break, a low-budget, cult hit TV film ''Film/{{Duel}}''. ''Duel'' was an expertly made, taut thriller that was such a hit on TV that he was allowed to shoot more scenes to give it a cinema release in Europe. It got him a lot of attention, enough to be brought on as the director for the film that would launch him into the stratosphere, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the [[UrExample first]] summer blockbuster (setting the record for highest grossing movie just before ''StarWars'' ''Film/StarWars'' came out, pushing the record up even further. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time).



In 1985, he branched into directing drama, with his ultra-serious ''TheColorPurple'', which was nominated for several Oscars; it would not be his last excursion into this genre.

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In 1985, he branched into directing drama, with his ultra-serious ''TheColorPurple'', ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which was nominated for several Oscars; it would not be his last excursion into this genre.



In 1994, he was a co-founder of the studio Creator/DreamWorks [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation SKG]] alongside Creator/{{Disney}} studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and record producer David Geffin. Dreamworks and Spielberg (as producer) would later go on to make the first ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game, widely regarded as the [=PS1=]'s ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]''. He still runs [[VanityPlate Amblin Entertainment]]. Now works on a live-action ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' adaption, a work he has said he is fond of.

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In 1994, he was a co-founder of the studio Creator/DreamWorks [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation [[Creator/DreamWorks DreamWorks SKG]] alongside Creator/{{Disney}} studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and record producer David Geffin. Dreamworks and Spielberg (as producer) would later go on to make the first ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game, widely regarded as the [=PS1=]'s ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]''. He still runs [[VanityPlate Amblin Entertainment]]. Now works on a live-action ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' adaption, a work he has said he is fond of.



Spielberg has also done television work. He directed part of the pilot of ''Creator/RodSerling's Series/NightGallery'' as well as a few TV movies in addition to ''Duel'', and has produced television shows such as ''Series/AmazingStories'', ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', and ''UnitedStatesOfTara''.

He's also delved into animation. He collaborated with Creator/DonBluth in the 1980's to produce box office successes like ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also starting his own animation studio, Creator/{{Amblimation}}, which would go on to produce the somewhat less successful ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''; it and Bluth would be spiritually replace by Katzenberg's [=DreamWorks=] Animation (he also had input in DWA's first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie). He is also known as the executive producer for (and mistakenly believed to have created, thanks to InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt) WarnerBros Silver Age cartoons ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', and some lesser known works, such as ''{{Histeria}}!''[[note]]an educational sketch show parodying historical figures and events -- and pushing the limits of what can and can't be done on kids' TV, just like ''Animaniacs''[[/note]], ''{{Toonsylvania}}'' (one of his first animated projects when he created DreamWorks Studios), and the much-reviled ''Pinky and the Brain'' spinoff ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''.

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Spielberg has also done television work. He directed part of the pilot of ''Creator/RodSerling's Series/NightGallery'' as well as a few TV movies in addition to ''Duel'', and has produced television shows such as ''Series/AmazingStories'', ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', and ''UnitedStatesOfTara''.

''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara''.

He's also delved into animation. He collaborated with Creator/DonBluth in the 1980's to produce box office successes like ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also starting his own animation studio, Creator/{{Amblimation}}, which would go on to produce the somewhat less successful ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''; it and Bluth would be spiritually replace by Katzenberg's [=DreamWorks=] Animation (he also had input in DWA's first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie). He is also known as the executive producer for (and mistakenly believed to have created, thanks to InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt) WarnerBros Silver Age cartoons ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', and some lesser known works, such as ''{{Histeria}}!''[[note]]an ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!''[[note]]an educational sketch show parodying historical figures and events -- and pushing the limits of what can and can't be done on kids' TV, just like ''Animaniacs''[[/note]], ''{{Toonsylvania}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Toonsylvania}}'' (one of his first animated projects when he created DreamWorks [=DreamWorks=] Studios), and the much-reviled ''Pinky and the Brain'' spinoff ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''.



* ''Literature/TheColorPurple'' (1985)

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* ''Literature/TheColorPurple'' ''Film/TheColorPurple'' (1985)



* ''IndianaJones 5'' (2019)

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* ''IndianaJones ''Indiana Jones 5'' (2019)



* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: One of, if not ''the'', biggest advocates. Two of his feature productions (''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''[[note]]Which, along with ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', was directed by it's other biggest advocate, Creator/DonBluth.[[/note]] and ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'') are credited in being ''the'' films that convinced the mainstream that animation was still profitable. On television, he'd produce ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', which is considered one of the era's crowning jewels.
** He teased the possibility of fluid, high-quality animation on television long before all that with [[AmazingStories "Family Dog"]].

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* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: One of, if not ''the'', biggest advocates. Two of his feature productions (''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''[[note]]Which, along with ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', was directed by it's other biggest advocate, Creator/DonBluth.[[/note]] and ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'') are credited in being ''the'' films that convinced the mainstream that animation was still profitable. On television, he'd produce ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', which is considered one of the era's crowning jewels.
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jewels. He teased the possibility of fluid, high-quality animation on television long before all that with [[AmazingStories [[Series/AmazingStories "Family Dog"]].
16th Mar '16 8:39:38 AM AcePedro
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* ''IndianaJones 5'' (????)

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* ''IndianaJones 5'' (????)(2019)
3rd Mar '16 12:27:57 AM JulianLapostat
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* PatrioticFervor: Spielberg is quite proud of his home country and likes to show it in his work, especially when American soldiers fight Nazis.

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* PatrioticFervor: Spielberg is quite proud of his home country and likes to show it in his work, especially when American soldiers fight Nazis. However he is also critical of blind patriotism as in ''1941'', racism (''Amistad, The Color Purple, Lincoln'') and the RedScare (''Bridge of Spies''), and also anti-immigrant attitudes (''The Terminal'').
9th Feb '16 5:20:18 PM SnakeRambo
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* MilitarySuperHero: In Spielberg's work soldiers are always cast as brave ordinary people one should look up to, especially if they are American. They won't be perfect people, but they always live up to their duty and do ''what is right''. There's also a strong theme in his more recent work of joining the army ''for the greater good''. In ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' a youngster wants to join the army, in both occasions because he wants to do his patriotic duty and help his country out. Needless to say that in both cases the boys survive.

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* MilitarySuperHero: In Spielberg's work soldiers are always cast as brave ordinary people one should look up to, especially if they are American. They won't be perfect people, but they always live up to their duty and do ''what is right''. There's also a strong theme in his more recent work of joining the army ''for the greater good''. In ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' a youngster wants to join the army, in both occasions because he wants to do his patriotic duty and help his country out. Needless to say that say, in both cases the boys survive.
7th Feb '16 6:45:39 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: Spielberg has said ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' is one of his proudest achievements, citing it as being the film he'd most like his kids to watch.
4th Feb '16 7:39:07 AM Anddrix
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