A Film Makers God

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A Film Makers God

It is hard to imagine a person who has not heard of Steven Spielberg. He is one of the most renowned American filmmakers of the century. His films have enthralled and helped develop imaginations of modern society and remain among some of the most successful films ever made. From Jaws to Jurassic Park, Spielberg has countless box office smashing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. Personally, I can’t imagine what television would be today without his major influence which had taken Cinema to new heights during his career.

Spielberg was born in Cincinnati on December 18th, 1946. He was raised mainly in New Jersey and Arizona. Talent was abundant in his family. Gaining a technical side from his father who was an electrical engineer, and artistic side from his mother, a concert pianist, Steven was a combination of the best elements from both of them. Spielberg would have never been able to gain success if he had not, at first, followed his childhood dreams and lived in a world of pure imagination

Spielberg had an early fascination with cinema and began making amateur films at a very young age. At the age of 12, he made his first movie with his father’s 8mm camcorder. At 13, he won a local contest for his 40-minute film, Escape to Nowhere. Later, Steven went to major in English Literature at California State University instead of film school. During that time, he broke away from norm, and started to hang out at Universal Studios talking with directors, writers and editors. He shown some of his short films, and gotten a 7 year contract with Universal to do a TV series. That only lasted a couple years and in 1971, he got a chance to make his first real movie. It was Called Duel. In 1974, he received his first break for The Sugarland Express. The film went on to win a Cannes Film Festival Award for best screenplay.

The following year, JAWS was released. This was a very successful horror film, capturing the...