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Steven Spielberg Auteur Project

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Characters Themes Film Techniques Movies Steven Spielberg Brian Cao, Zack Gruskin, Louis Li General Information Quotes Born into a Jewish family
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
Spent his childhood in New Jersey
Moved to California as a teenager
Spielberg made his first full length movie called Firelight at the age of 16, which had a budget of $500 and made a $1 profit.
"I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times."
"For one thing, I don't think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero." Schindler's List -During World War II, Oskar Schindler begins to feel concerned about his Jewish workers after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis, and risks his life to protect them. Saving Private Ryan - During World War II, a group of US soldiers are sent to save Private Ryan whose three brothers have all been killed in service. Minority Report - Set in Washington D.C in the year 2054 detective John Anderton has been accused of a future murder and tries to prove his innocence. Character Pattern Saving Private Ryan Minority Report Patterns in Movies Oskar Schindler - a German industrial and entrepreneur who hired Jewish workers in his factories during World War II to save them from imprisonment and death
Saw the horrible atrocities that were being committed and spent all of the fortune he made from his factory to bribe Nazis and to buy Jewish "workers"
He lost his entire fortune, was met with opposition from some Nazis, and had to relocate his entire factory
Managed to save over 800 Jewish people
Went out of his way to protect his workers and treat them properly
Sacrificed his fortune and safety to protect his workers Early Adulthood Applied to the University of Southern California School of Theater, but was denied and later attended California State University.
First job was a 7 day a week unpaid intern at Universal Studios where he made his first theatrically released film Amblin' (1968).
After Amblin' he signed a long term contract with Universal and dropped out of California State University. Perseverance
All characters showed the trait of perseverance
When faced with challenging obstacles or formidable adversaries, the characters never backed down.
They continued on to fight for what they believed in, despite the difficulties
Succeed in finding solutions to internal and external conflicts
Sacrifice
Characters sacrifice their time and efforts to prove something
Jeopardize their safety and lives to protect others
Find a solution at any cost Schindler's List Captain Miller and Squad - American soldiers in World War II tasked to find and rescue Private Ryan who has lost his other brothers in combat
The men risk their lives for the country and for the Ryan family by venturing across enemy territory to rescue Private Ryan
Many of the men, including Cpt. Miller, sacrifice their lives to defend and protect each other
Cpt. Miller succeeds in accomplishing his mission to bring Pvt. Ryan home safely
He sacrifices his own life to protect the bridge and American soldiers that the Germans were trying to overtake John Anderton - Captain of the controversial PreCrime force who is predicted to commit a murder and must prove his innocence
realizes that PreCrime is flawed and should be dismantled
sacrifices his job and position in doing so
runs from the same people he worked with and sacrifices his job, his eyes, and his safety to prove his innocence Triumph of the individual
Characters are faced with challenges presented by their societies that they must overcome.
They strive for change when their society or those around them are against it.
Sacrifice
Characters bring themselves and people close to them in danger for a good cause.
They sacrifice their way of living in order to resolve their societal problems.
Righteousness/Morality
Characters must make a decision between what is right/wrong and must justify their decisions
Characters are usually a minority but fight for what they believe regardless Saving Private Ryan Schindler's List Minority Report Oskar Schindler views the persecution of the Jewish people as wrong, and decides to view the Jewish people as equals instead of the Nazis subhuman approach.
He sacrifices his wealth and safety in Germany in order to save his Jewish workers.
He goes against Nazi officers to do what he thinks is right.
Schindler was repeatedly told that he would not succeed and was misguided, but he pushed on regardless. Captain Miller risked his life and his men to find Private Ryan.
The squad sacrifices some of their soldiers in order to find and protect Private Ryan.
The squad overcomes insurmountable odds in order to achieve their goal.
Decides that it is wrong that one man's life can be worth the lives of others. Anderton decides that Precrime is a corrupt and broken system and sacrifices his position and innocence to bring Precrime down.
He goes against his colleagues and friends to prove his innocence.
He decides that putting away a few innocent men to preserve a system of preventing hundreds of murders is wrong.
While escaping with Agatha, one of the precogs, he realizes that they have always been used and have yet to live their own lives. He makes plans for them to live peacefully in a secluded location. Saving Private Ryan Low Height Tracking/Panning Shots
As the camera pans across the characters, it represents a loss of innocence as the character's perspectives change
Dark Colors
Spielberg's movies contain dark colors that impact the tone of the entire movie
The darkness represents evil or sadness and general negativity throughout the movies
The audience often feels sympathetic in these scenes and comes to expect a sad scene Schindler's List Minority Report Oskar Schindler's perspective on the Jewish community changes when he realizes that they are human and innocent, undeserving of death by the Nazis


When the Jewish family in the opening scene is singing by candlelight, the candle flickers out into a black screen
An omen of darker times to come (Holocaust)
A total change from the life they once had The camera pans across Cpt. Miller in a shot where he realizes he is going to die
Cpt. Miller faces his death and makes a last stand to protect his men

As the battle near the bridge begins, the entire mood and lighting changes
The sky darkens and the men are forced to face death Panning shots are used to express John Anderton's realizations, such as when he realizes that Anne Lively is Agatha's (the main PreCog) mother and the corruption of the PreCog Division


Many of the PreCogs' visions have blurry edges as they deal with death and murder
They are darker to remind the audience of the mysteriousness of the PreCogs Bibliography "Biography for Steven Spielberg." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013

"Steven Spielberg Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/steven-spielberg-9490621>.

"Spielberg, Steven - Fun Facts and Information." Spielberg, Steven - Fun Facts and Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. <http://www.funtrivia.com/en/Celebrities/Spielberg-Steven-14300.html>.

Weinraub, Bernard. "Steven Spielberg Faces the Holocaust." Steven Spielberg Faces the Holocaust (n.d.): n. pag. Www.NYTimes.com. New York Times. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/movies/bestpictures/schindler-ar1.html>.
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