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Transcript of Steven Spielberg
A Film Legend
Who Is He?
Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. Ever since he was a young boy, film had been his true passion. When he was just 12 years old he made his first 8mm short film titled The Last Gunfight. This short film, though he did not know at the time, was the start of something very big.
Why He is a Leader
Steven Spielberg is definitely a great example of a leader. Although, he is a different kind of leader than most people would expect. When most people think of a leader, they think of a political leader or someone who improved the rights of a certain group. Although he hasn't done that, there are many things he has done that make him a great and inspiring leader.
Are Leaders Born Or Made?
Leaders are made. When people are born, they are all born as the same type of person. As they grow up, the things they do, the decisions they make, and the people they meet influence them in becoming what they will be some day. Sometimes the decisions people make, the things they do, and the people they meet influence them in becoming a leader. One can't just expect to be born as a leader. You must do things for them self in order to become that. They must make the right decisions and be involved in the right things in order to give them the knowledge and motivation to become a leader. If you want to be a leader, you must work towards it yourself. Nobody else can do it for you.
At the age of 13, Spielberg won a prize for a 40 minute film he made titled Escape To Nowhere. Then three years later at the age of just 16, he directed his first feature length independent film called Firelight. It was a science fiction adventure that would later inspire his very successful film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Firelight had a budget of $500 and was shown in his local cinema. The film made a total profit of $1. Although this wasn’t much, it was a start.
Spielberg's Theatrical directorial debut was with his film The Sugarland Express. The film was a good way to truly kickoff his career as it was recieved well by audiences and made a worldwide gross of
$12 800 000.
His next film is what really put him on the map: Jaws. Jaws was the first ever big summer blockbuster. With hundreds of people lining up to see it over and over again. Jaws became the highest grossing movie ever at the time with a worldwide gross of
$430 510 134.
From there, his career skyrocketed with many memorable and enjoyable movies. Some of the most notable ones being Close Encounters, The Indiana Jones Franchise, E.T., Empire Of The Sun, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Amistad, Minority Report, Munich, The Adventures Of Tintin, War Horse, and his newest film Lincoln.
Steven Spielberg has been nominated for 12 Oscars, and won 3 of them.
First, there is the obvious point that he directs movies. The director of a movie is the one who leads the movie and points everyone in the way they are supposed to be going, and makes sure everything about the movie turns into what it is supposed to be.
Steven Spielberg doesn't just do that. He directs the movie to what it is supposed to be and then exceeds expectations. He makes sure the movie he makes is better than anyone would've expected and takes it to a new level of greatness.
Also, with the greatness that Spielberg makes, he inspires people to become great directors too. He inspires people to become interested in film making and just film in general. He opens peoples eyes to their true passion and without him they may not have found it.
Also, with the creation of Jaws, the first ever blockbuster, he started a long running generation of blockbuster films, made year after year.
He is both Modest and Confident
Steven Spielberg is by all means a very confident director. An example of his confidence is during the filming of Jaws, the anamatronic shark they were using broke. This did not worry Spielberg however because he just said "we just won't show the shark". Everyone called him crazy but he stuck with it and it ended up adding an immense amount of suspense to the movie.
If you want to see an example of how he is modest, just watch one of his Oscar acceptance speeches...
Leaders are Authentic
In the video just shown, Steven Spielberg also shows how he is authentic. As you can see, throughout his speech, he is never just saying what he thinks people want to hear. Instead he is being very real about everything. His reaction is real, his emotions are real, and he isn't holding in his excitement. And you can tell that when he is thanking people, he really means it.
Leaders are Listeners
Steven Spielberg is very well known for creating the Indiana Jones franchise. The first installment in the series, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, was a remarkable movie and was loved by many. When he made the second movie however, people were not impressed. People thought it was silly and all over the place with weird characters added to Indy's adventure. Spielberg took this reception as constructive criticism. Then, when he went on to making the third movie, The Last Crusade, people loved it like they loved the first one.
Leaders are good at giving encouragement
One of the most important things a director must do is give encouragement to the people they are directing in order to allow them to be the best they can possibly be. And that isn't just to actors. The director must also encourage the composer, the visual effects supervisor, the costume designer, the set designer, the makeup artists, and more. You can definitely see that Spielberg provides great encouragement to them because of all the Oscar nominations he leads them towards. Such as the film editors of Jaws, the sound effect editors of Jurassic Park, the cinematographer of Schindler's List, and the composer of almost all of his movies.
Leaders make unexpected connections
Over the years Steven Spielberg has made many unexpected connections. There is one that, to me, stands out over all the others though. There once was a very great director named Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick made movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and The Shining. The last project Kubrick worked on was a movie called A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Kubrick started working on this in 1998 but he was very old and was not healthy enough to direct it himself. Steven Spielberg, being the leader he is, stepped in and directed the movie for Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick died on March 7th 1999. Steven Spielberg continued on his legacy and did not let him down. Artificial Intelligence was released on June 29th 2001.
Leaders provide direction
Steven Spielberg is a film director. Which is a job that requires giving direction to everyone involved in the production of the movie. As I mentioned earlier, when Spielberg directs his movies, he doesn't just do what is expected, he goes beyond what is expected and exceeds expectations to make sure the movie is the best it can possibly be. He always makes sure that everyone working on the movie knows exactly what they need to be doing, and he makes sure he himself knows what everyone needs to be doing.
Leaders Protect Their People From Danger and Expose Them To Reality
The danger that Steven Spielberg protects people from is the danger of failure. He always does his very best to make his movies great so that people can enjoy them as apposed to hate them. The reality of this is that in order for him to make his movies so great, he has to work really hard. He needs to hire the right people, and make sure those people do a good job at what they do. He exposes this reality to people when he makes his movies because when you watch his movies you can see how hard the actors worked and how hard the editors and composers and makeup artists worked. You can really see this in his movies. He protects people from having to see his movies fail and he exposes them to how hard he has to work to make his movies not fail.
Leaders Make Change and Stand For Values That Don't Change
There is actually a very recent example of this quality. After Spielberg directed his most recent film Lincoln, he revealed that he was dropping out of the next film he was supposed to direct called Robopocalypse. People were very sad about this because they were very much looking forward to the movie. But Spielberg stood by his decision and people accepted that this was not going to change. With him dropping out of Robopocalypse, that made the next movie on his slate be American Sniper, which had Bradley Cooper attached to star in the project. Some time later, Spielberg dropped out of this project too. And once again no matter what people said, he stood by his decision and people accepted that this was not going to change.
Leaders Lead By Example
Leaders Don't Blame, They Learn
Back in the 1970s, after Spielberg had made two great successes (Jaws and Close Encounters), he decided to try something new and made a war comedy called 1941 starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. This movie got very bad reception. People hated it and missed the great director they thought Spielberg was. Spielberg did not blame anyone for this, not even himself. Instead he learned from it and basically said, "Well I won't do that again." So he got back on the horse and went back to what he knew he could do and two years later he made Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Leaders Look For And Network With Other Leaders
When Star Wars came out in 1977, like everyone else, Spielberg was very impressed. He was very proud of George Lucas for what he had done. Spielberg then sought out George Lucas and the two great film makers came together and made one of the most successful movie franchises ever. That was Indiana Jones. The two of them came together over and over again to eventually make 4 installments in the franchise. Later on in his career, Spielberg came together with Lord Of The Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson. Together the two of them made The Adventures Of Tintin. The movie was very successful and they already have a sequel planned for 2015.
The Job Of The Leader: Make Other Leaders
This quality is easy to recognize from Spielberg. The reason for this being that I have witnessed this quality in action first hand. I myself am inspired by Steven Spielberg. Many of my qualities and leadership styles come from me witnessing Spielberg's great leadership qualities. He has also changed me not only as a leader but as a person. His films have inspired me to expand my knowledge of movies and do some film making myself. However, I'm not the only person he's inspired. He has also inspired many other directors such as James Cameron, who has made films like The Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar. And Neil Blomkamp, who is an even more recent director who made District 9 and Elysium.
The only sequels that Spielberg directed to his movies were the 3 Indiana Jones sequels, and the Jurassic Park sequel: The Lost World. However, some other sequels have been made to his movies that he did not direct himself. Jaws had 3 sequels. Although none of them were any good, he still had inspired people to make there own Jaws films and try to recreate the greatness that Spielberg had created. Jurassic Park had a third installment and has an upcoming fourth installment that Spielberg did not direct. So he had inspired people to try to recreate the greatness he created once again. And once again, he inspired an entire ongoing generation of blockbusters with the creation of jaws.