Behind-the-scenes photographs of the two-time Academy Award-winning director.
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Published June 11, 2018
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By just about any measure, Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors in movie history. He's responsible for four of the 25 highest-grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation ("E.T.," "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark"); he's been nominated for seven Academy Awards for Best Director (only William Wyler, Martin Scorsese, and Billy Wilder have more nominations); and he's won the award twice (for "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan"). He was the subject of a 2017 HBO documentary, "Spielberg," and he's been a major influence on subsequent generations of directors, from J.J. Abrams to the Duffer Brothers. We can't claim to know how he does it, but we can show you some of what it looks like. Below, photos of a master at work.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesWE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOATSpielberg and crew float on the set of "Jaws" (1975) in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesMONKEYING AROUNDThe director plays clarinet, or pretends to, on the set of "1941" (1979).
Universal Studios/Getty ImagesNURSES OFFICESpielberg and Henry Thomas stand on the set of "E.T." (1982).Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesSHE HAS NOTESDrew Barrymore talks to Spielberg on the set of "E.T."
Murray Close/Getty ImagesTAKE FIVESpielberg relaxes with George Lucas on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).Murray Close/Getty ImagesA LITTLE TO THE LEFTSpielberg films "Jurassic Park" (1993).Murray Close/Sygma via Getty ImagesSEARCHING HIGH ...With Robin Williams on the set of "Hook" (1991).
Paramount Pictures/Getty Images... AND LOWWith future-wife Kate Capshaw on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984).Murray Close/Getty ImagesTHINK BIGSpielberg wearing a Warhol-esque T. rex tee on the set of "Jurassic Park."Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesTHINK SMALLSpielberg scrutinizes a model on the set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).
Murray Close/Sygma via Getty ImagesKICKING BACKSpielberg reads on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."Murray Close/Getty ImagesTALKING SHOPActor Joseph Mazzello chats with Spielberg on the set of "Jurassic Park."Universal Pictures/Getty ImagesBLACK AND WHITESpielberg reflects on the set of "Schindler's List" (1993).