What are some directing trademarks of Steven Spielberg?

Like how do u identify a Steven Spielberg film?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Per IMDB:

    Uses powerful flashlights in dark scenes (Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)). The outline of the beam is often made visible through dust, mist, or fog.

    Frequently uses music by John Williams

    Often shows shooting stars (Jaws (1975))

    Onscreen performers staring, usually at something off camera

    He often uses images of the sun (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Saving Private Ryan (1998)).

    His films often show children in some sort of danger

    Consistent references to World War II

    Frequent references to Disney films, music, or theme parks

    Frequently uses a piano as an element in key scenes (Schindler's List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Minority Report (2002)).

    Important images, or characters, are often seen through the rear-view mirror of a car (Duel (1971) (TV), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)).

    Frequently casts Tom Hanks, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Frank Welker and Tom Cruise.

    Protagonists in his films often come from families with divorced parents, with fathers portrayed as reluctant, absent or irresponsible, most notably in _E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (Elliot's mother is divorced and father is absent) and Catch Me If You Can (2002) (Frank Abagnale's mother and father split early in the film). This reflects Spielberg's own experience as a youth with his parents breaking up.

    A common theme in many of his films is ordinary people who discover something extraordinary - people, places, artifacts, creatures, etc. (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)).

    Since Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), all of his movies have featured visual effects (even those that were undetected) by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the F/X house created by his friend George Lucas. The only exception has been The Terminal (2004), which had F/X work by Digital Imageworks.

    Is credited for starting the summer blockbuster tradition with 1975's first $100 million megahit, Jaws (1975).

    His films are almost always edited by 'Michael Kahn'

    Known on-set for being able to work and come up with ideas very quickly (the best example of this would be the filming of "Saving Private Ryan", where Spielberg came up with angles and shot ideas on the spot, due to the fact that the film was largely un-storyboarded). Perhaps this is a habit he picked up after the filming of "Jaws", which was, very famously, a torturously slow shoot due to technical problems.

  • marro
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Steven Spielberg Themes

  • 9 years ago

    a gift for composition is one thing. In a Spielberg movie, the way he moves the camera is important. He was truly groundbreaking in the film Jaws. Before then, directors, with some exceptions but not mainstream, treated movies as though they were plays on a stage. Spielberg has characters and creatures move all over the screen in ways that were unexpected and unsettling to people.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Spotlights or the sun in the lens

    John Williams score (besides Twilight Zone (Jerry Goldsmith) and The Color Purple (Quincy Jones)

    His early films often had a "glow" to them. Watch some of his early works, and you'll know what I mean.

    Often uses children as the focus of the story or the conflict (ET, Close Encounters)

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