Paul Byrne

Digital Film Colorist

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Paul Byrne | Digital Film Colorist

Carls Jr released a series of videos that parody Steven Spielberg’s most iconic films by inserting hamburgers into them. Five tribute videos have been timed with the release of Ready Player One. Although Spielburgers are not official promotions for the film—nor an official partnership with Spielberg.  As a result, Carl’s Jr. says they assume Spielberg is cool with it.

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Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio.[8][9] His mother, Leah (née Posner, later Adler; January 12, 1920 – February 21, 2017),[10] was a restaurateur and concert pianist, and his father, Arnold Spielberg (born 1917), was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers.[11] His family was Orthodox Jewish.[12][13][14] Spielberg’s paternal grandparents were Jewish Ukrainian[15][16] immigrants who settled in Cincinnati in the 1900s; his grandmother was from Sudylkiv, while his grandfather was from Kamianets-Podilskyi.[17][18] In 1950, his family moved to Haddon Township, New Jersey, when his father took a job with RCA. Three years later, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.[19][20]:548 Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957, in classes taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis.[21]

As a child, Spielberg faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with. “It isn’t something I enjoy admitting,” he once said, “but when I was seven, eight, nine years old, God forgive me, I was embarrassed because we were Orthodox Jews. I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents’ Jewish practices. I was never really ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times.”[22][23] Spielberg also said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying: “In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses. It was horrible.”[24][25][26] At age 12, he made his first home movie: a train wreck involving his toy Lionel trains.[27] Throughout his early teens, and after entering high school, Spielberg continued to make amateur 8 mm “adventure” films.[28]

In 1958, he became a Boy Scout and fulfilled a requirement for the photography merit badge by making a nine-minute 8 mm film entitled The Last Gunfight.[29] Years later, Spielberg recalled to a magazine interviewer, “My dad’s still-camera was broken, so I asked the scoutmaster if I could tell a story with my father’s movie camera. He said yes, and I got an idea to do a Western. I made it and got my merit badge. That was how it all started.”[30] At age 13, while living in Phoenix, Spielberg won a prize for a 40-minute war film he titled Escape to Nowhere… using a cast composed of other high school friends. That motivated him to make 15 more amateur 8 mm films.[20]:548 In 1963, at age 16, Spielberg wrote and directed his first independent film, a 140-minute science fiction adventure called Firelight, which would later inspire Close Encounters. The film was made for $500, most of which came from his father, and was shown in a local cinema for one evening, which earned back its cost.[31]

After attending Arcadia High School in Phoenix for three years, his family next moved to Saratoga, California, where he later graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His parents divorced while he was still in school,[32] and soon after he graduated Spielberg moved to Los Angeles, staying initially with his father. His long-term goal was to become a film director. His three sisters and mother remained in Saratoga. In Los Angeles, he applied to the University of Southern California‘s film school but was turned down because of his “C” grade average.[20]:548 He then applied and was admitted to California State University, Long Beach, where he became a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity.[33]

While still a student, he was offered a small unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department.[34][35] He was later given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm, Amblin’, which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, and offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract. It made him the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.[20]:548 He subsequently dropped out of college to begin professionally directing TV productions with Universal.[36][37] Spielberg later returned to California State University, Long Beach and completed his BA degree in Film and Electronic Arts in 2002.[38]


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