The Life Of An Auteur: Steven Spielberg

Born in 1946, Steven Spielberg would go on to become one of the founders of the New Hollywood era, establishing himself as one of the most respected and prolific directors of all time. In his youth, he worked in television while having a few minor film releases before becoming a household name with his film Jaws in 1975. The film went on to be called the first summer blockbuster, giving him enough credit to make other films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, E.T., and countless others. Known for his incredible versatility, see what makes Spielberg one of the greatest directors of all time, and how he got there.

He Was In The Boy Scouts When He Discovered His Love For Film

Steven Spielberg in Rome
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For a lot of successful directors, their passion for film started at a young age, which was the case for Steven Spielberg. It came about while he was involved with the Boy Scouts.

In the program, Spielberg would become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievable. While earning his photography badge, he ran into an issue when he realized that his father’s camera was broken, so he made a short film instead, which was a 9-minute long film titled The Last Gunfight.