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Steven Spielberg Shares His Advice for Up and Coming Filmmakers

Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful names in Hollywood, being responsible for writing, directing, and producing dozens of movies that are both box office hits and critical darlings. So, it’s safe to say every aspiring filmmaker would love to get some career advice from the master. But in talking about his upcoming West Side Story, Spielberg’s tips for aspiring filmmakers were not what you could expect.

When asked what he wished more people knew about movie-making, Spielberg was quick to say that he hopes people don’t actually learn how things work behind the camera. As Spielberg puts it, watching a movie is a magical experience that could be ruined if people knew how their favorite stories were put together. In Spielberg’s words:

“I hope they never learn anything about movie-making. I hope they never know. I hope they never see who’s behind the curtain. I think if they don’t want to be a filmmaker, so if they don’t want to get into the business and they just want to be entertained or want to be transported somewhere else, it’s best not to know too much because you don’t want to knock down that proverbial fourth wall. You want to keep yourself safe and secure from any knowledge other than what the story is throwing back at you.”

While he wishes the public didn’t learn about movie-making, Spielberg said he’s watching closely a new generation of storytellers who use their phones to reach out to the world. As Spielberg sees it:

“There’s a whole other subset of individuals who want to tell their stories, and they’re telling them right now on their iPhones, and they’re telling them right now on social media and on Twitter and on Instagram and on TikTok. I have my eye out for them all the time because that is … those are the individuals that should know what goes into preparing a script.”

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Spielberg’s West Side Story is the second feature-length adaption of the 1957’s stage musical of the same name, with lyrics written by the recently passed Stephen Sondheim. The new adaptation stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and María, the two star-crossed lovers at the center of the Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical. The film also stars David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Ariana DeBose, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll, and Josh Andrés Rivera. Actress Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original 1961 film, returns to the cast as Valentina, the owner of the corner store where Tony works. Moreno also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.



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