There are so many directors in the Hollywood industry and one such director is Steven Spielberg who is famous in the world. Starting as a one-man army behind the camera even before hitting his teens, he expanded his team over time. He is recognized to direct, produce and write movies and is considered to be one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world earning success commercially and also his works are positively praised among critics.
He has won several awards and his movies are nominated for academy awards. But what is his story? How did he become a successful person? Many of us can relate to his story because he was not born with a silver spoon. The way he found his passion will surely inspire you.
Steven Spielberg biography
His childhood with a learning disability
Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born to an electrical engineer called Arnold, and his mother was a pianist who plays in concerts. He was the oldest and only son of four children. As a child, he had undiagnosed dyslexia, a learning disability which means he was not able to read and write. As a result, he was teased and bullied for his disability and was made to stand up in front of the class with embarrassment. He struggled to keep up with the rest of the class but he couldn’t.
Steven Spielberg’s passion for films
When he was 6 years, his father said that he will take him to see the greatest show on earth and this made him exciting. He went with his father to see the show and found that there was a huge crowd where they stayed for more than two hours. He was expecting to see circus acts, and lion tamers but all that he experienced was a dimly lit room with a huge red curtain covered. The lights went off and the curtain opened and there appeared a flickering image and that was the moment he realized that he had come to see a movie about a circus. This is the time he fell in love with the movie.
The first time he captured scenes
In the movie, there was a scene where two trains were ramming into each other and causing an epic disaster. He asked his father to buy a train toy and he collected trains and human toys making mini stations. Using them he recreated the scene where he made the trains rammed into each other and it broke. He went to his father to get it repaired for him and he kept doing it breaking them each time. The next time his dad said that if he breaks it, the toys will be taken from him.
So instead of doing it man times, he wanted to capture it on the camera so he don’t want to recreate it again to see it. He took his father’s 8mm Kodak film camera and made his first directorial shots from all angles and got the scenes. And this struck in his mind to realize that he could do many things with the camera.
The first proper movie of Steven Spielberg
At the age of 13, he made his first 40 minutes film titled “Escape to nowhere”. He cast his neighborhood friends and high school friends in the movie. At the age of 16, he made a sci-fi adventure film called “firelight” using a budget of $500.
Rejections he faced
Steven Spielberg got graduated from Saratoga high school, then attended the University of Southern California and studied theatre film, and television. But because of his poor grades, he was rejected three times. As it didn’t go well, he joined universal studios as a seven-day week, unpaid intern.
He worked in the editing department and his name was never mentioned in the credits. He made a 26-minute short film called Amblin in 1968 and was released in a few theatres. It was liked by the top management at universal studios and he signed to direct a full-length movie. But there were complications and the film didn’t take off. He was hired to direct a segment for the first episode of the television series “Night Gallery”.
His hard work reached success
He got a chance to direct many short films for television and he made his debut film “Sugarland express”. It was not successful but he received appreciation for his cinematography. In 1975, he made the movie “Jaws”. This movie had a lot of delays and the budget went out of control. But Spielberg was confident and calm to complete the movie. It turned out to be the first of his films to receive appreciation worldwide. It grossed more than $470 million worldwide at a box office.
He made action-packed adventures movies like Indiana Jones which grossed $2 billion and Jurassic Park which went on to gross over $900 million. He directed sci-fiction masterpieces like E.T. the extraterrestrial and received 4 academy awards with 9 nominations. He released Amistad, Schindler’s List, saving private Ryan, The Post, and various other movies by adapting the real-life stories into a motion picture format. Shindler’s list got him his first academy award for the best directors and saving private Ryan fave him his second academy best actor award.
Steven Spielberg went on to produce many blockbuster movies and he was recorded to be one of the wealthiest filmmakers. His creativity and innovation is the reason for the success he achieved over the years. Steven Spielberg became a national icon in America and is one of the greatest filmmakers in world cinema.
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