|Posted on January 5, 2017 at 1:10 AM|
Perhaps one of the most respected and influential creative minds in filmmaking, with works spanning from 1975 before I was born through to the present day, Steven Spielberg is a force to be reckoned with on the big screen as well as an endearing mentor behind it. I had recently purchased the limited edition DVD of his film, War of the Worlds, after selling it several years ago and I couldn't help but feel compelled to share my appreciation for Spielberg's creative genius. After watching the movie twice in a row, I also reveled in how warmly encouraging his demeanor is in this and other film's behind the scenes footage I've seen that stands as a testament for his extremely endearing personality. Don't take my word for it. Check out the list of his films below that I have seen over the years.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Back to the Future (1985)
An American Tail (1986)
The Land Before Time (1988)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Minority Report (2002)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Eagle Eye (2008)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Super 8 (2011)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Jurassic World (2015)
Easily one of the best directors in the filmmaking industry today with just a handful of the films in this list, there are several reasons why that make Steven Spielberg stand out. Time and again, he has been an effective role model for the cast and crew he's worked with as well as society in general. Always easy going, kind and friendly, helpful and encouraging, well-spoken and articulate. While I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him in person, each and every behind the scenes footage I've seen of Spielberg through the years leaves no doubt in my mind of the person that he is and a major reason why he has been so successful.
A lot can be said about a person's major achievements, awards they've attained, but with Spielberg his personality on and off the screen are matched with a unique ability to share and craft his creativity with ease no matter who he works with. How he describes and explains his visions of minute details to major elements of a film production, with a very refined understanding of what he feels will fit well on film for audiences, is really a remarkable level of imaginative skill for anyone to have. The way he conveys his ideas to cast and crew is inspiring just for me to see unfold with each film he's produced. Being the kind of easy going personality to be around I'm sure has made Spielberg memorable to everyone he has worked with.
Beginning with his film, Jaws, Spielberg became a household name in a wide variety of film genres. While Indiana Jones and Back To The Future are corner stones of his achievements in the 1980s, I also really liked his animated films An American Tail and The Land Before Time as well. I can still remember the first time I watched Fievel journey across the ocean to find his family again I cried so much because you really felt what the character was going through as a child like I was back then. But if his works in the eighties were memorable, Spielberg made filmmaking history with his ground breaking efforts to bring dinosaurs back to popular culture.
Jurassic Park was a true masterpiece and technological breakthrough for its time, to bring author Michael Chrichton's book to life and the ones thereafter. Just three years later, Spielberg followed up with perhaps the most successful film about tornadoes that has graced the big screen to date with Twister. But towards the end of the nineties, his World War II drama Saving Private Ryan showed that Spielberg wasn't limited to just science fiction to exercise his capabilities at success. His ability to pursue a visionary idea in his mind, surround himself with talent and perfect the creation of his films with such ease, I admire Spielberg not just for the movies listed above but for the kind and generous person I have seen him to be in filmmaking.
Over the years, I have considered if Spielberg is attached to a particular film production then it will be worth seeing because I know from experience what makes this man so special in his work. I hope many of you have also been able to experience the awe and wonderment of his talents, and if not then you might want to check out those films sooner than later to behold his talents and qualities that make Steven Spielberg a force of inspiration and creativity to be reckoned with.