The Themes & Techniques That Helped Spielberg Rise To Fame [Video]

Steven Benedict’s video essay examines how the movie director injects emotion into different frames using a variety of methods.

Writer and filmmaker Steven Benedict produced an impressive video essay examining the techniques and themes that director Steven Spielberg uses and has developed throughout his career. The essay analyzes Spielberg’s films, from his first TV movie Duel through to his recent works Tintin and War Horse.

Benedict examines the various techniques he has developed in great films such as Jaws, ET, The Indiana Jones movies, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

The Themes and Techniques That Helped Spielberg Rise To Fame [Video]

He looks at Spielberg’s movement of the camera and how the machine interacts with the scene, how he injects emotion into different frames, his use of shadow to suggest human form without necessarily showing it, and his method of taking an item in a scene and making it the object of our attention.

The essay also shows the famous directors who have influenced Spielberg, including John Ford, Victor Fleming and David Lean. You can check it out below:

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