Corporate Video Production Sydney: Stephen Spielberg Part I

Corporate Video Production Sydney: Steven Spielberg is one of the wealthiest and most powerful moviemakers in Hollywood. The director of such elaborate fantasies as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, he is regarded as a man who understands the pulse of America as it would like to see itself.

Corporate Video Production Sydney: Stephen Spielberg – Early years

Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 18, 1947. He was the oldest and the only son of four children. His father, Arnold, was an electrical engineer who worked in what was then the newly emerging field of computers. His mother, Leah, had been a concert pianist.

Steven’s mother and three sisters doted on (gave a great deal of attention, spoiled) him. He was indulged throughout his childhood at home, but he was not treated the same way at school. He displayed little enthusiasm for his studies and made average grades at best. The Spielbergs moved frequently because of the father’s job. They moved to New Jersey, suburban Phoenix, Arizona, and finally to what would be known as “Silicon Valley” near San Jose, California.

Corporate Video Production Sydney: Stephen Spielberg – The young filmmaker

The first film that Spielberg recalled seeing in a movie theater was The Greatest Show
on Earth, a spectacular 1952 circus epic directed by Cecil B. De Mille (1881–1959). As a child, Spielberg began using his family’s home movie camera. He started recording camping trips and other family events but soon grew dissatisfied with them. He began to film narrative movies and attempted to set up shots with different angles and primitive special effects. By the time he was twelve years old he actually filmed a movie from a script using a cast of actors. He grew increasingly ambitious and continued to make movies from then on.
When Spielberg was sixteen, he filmed a feature-length science fiction movie, which he entitled Firelight. This movie was over two hours long and had a complex plot about an encounter with some aliens. His father rented a local movie theater to show the film. In one night it made back the $500 it cost to film it.