The Life of Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg

And the Oscar goes to..? Steven Spielberg, a Director, a Writer, and a Producer, Spielberg is one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film. He’s worked on over 104 films and they’ve all been BIG hit films, Films like E.T., Gremlins, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Men in Black, Shrek, and Transformers; but those are only a couple of his more popular films he’s worked with. He’s done a lot to be where he’s at today, He came from no-where and nothing to being one of the best and most-well known in the world. Mr. Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18, 1946. He was the much-loved first child of Arnold and Leah Spielberg. Steven’s father was an engineer and his mother was a piano instructor. The Spielberg family moved to New Jersey the year Steven turned three, they lived in a neat middle-class neighborhood with tree-lined streets and Colonial-style houses. Steven became a big brother during that time to his sister Anne, and then Susan and Nancy. Many people in New Jersey called Steven a “wild-creature.” He liked to tease his younger sisters and the other neighborhood children. Steven’s mom said, “His Badness was so original that there weren’t even books to tell you what to do, and how to control him.” Steven had many fears as a child-the clouds, the trees, and the wind. He feared monsters under his bed. He loved to watch T.V., but was often frightened by what he saw. “He once cried for hours after watching a program about snakes,” his mother said. When he was eight they took him to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Steven said “I burst into tears after I saw the wicked queen turn into a hag and a skeleton crumbled into pieces. For three or four nights I had to crawl into bed with my mom and dad.”

The Spielbergs were Jewish, and Steven attended Hebrew classes three times a week. But he was ashamed of being Jewish. His family’s religious beliefs made him feel different from all his other “peers.” In 1957 the Spielbergs moved to Phoenix, Arizona. “The Move was Hard for me, I was Jewish and Wimpy,” He Said. He did not enjoy school, at all! He played the clarinet and passed every grade level just barely. His father tutored him in math, his least favorite subject.

At the age of twelve, Leah Spielberg bought her husband a movie camera for Father’s Day. He thought his father’s “shaky” home movies were boring. He thought he could make the videos more interesting; Steven then became the family photographer. He filmed the camping trips; he used to force his parents to stop the car before they reached the camping site so he could get out and film their arrival from just the right perspective. The family had to wait for Steven to yell “Action” before they could unload the car, set up the tents, or builds their campfire. He enjoyed staging train wrecks with his electric trains. His father grew frustrated with replacing the broken trains. Arnold Spielberg told his son that if he broke his trains once more, he would take them from him. Steven filmed the Last Train Wreck so that he could watch the demolition of his trains over and over again without the fear of losing them. He shot the trains crashing from different angles. He also used those little plastic men to add more excitement to the scene. When Steven watched his film for the first time, he was “AMAZED” at how his little trains looked like multi-ton locomotives. Steven’s interest in film grew when he became a boy scout. He created a three-minute video to earn his photography merit badge. The positive reaction made Steven want to continue filming. He made up his mind to become a professional film-maker. In 1962 Steven filmed a forty-minute World War II movie called Escape to Nowhere. His film won first place in a statewide amateur film contest. Steven used the money and prizes he won to work on his next film. He wrote the screenplay for Firelight and spent about six months filming in various locations...
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