Steven Spielberg is undoubtedly one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. His film Jaws is widely considered the first blockbuster ever made, and it changed the landscape of film forever on its way to becoming the first movie to ever make over $100 million at the box office. Spielberg didn’t start or stop there, and he has gone on to make classic after classic in a multitude of genres. From E.T. the Extraterrestrial to Schindler’s List, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Catch Me If You Can, Spielberg has done it all, and that’s not even getting into the list of films he’s been a producer on.
The latest film he directed, Ready Player One, is another foray into a different world. Similar to the way he was able to bring back dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, Spielberg created a world of the future where humans live their lives inside of a video game in Ready Player One, and like A.I. Artificial Intelligence, he gave us a peek into a possible future, unlike anything we’ve seen.
Following the story of Ernie Cline’s 2011 novel Ready Player One, Spielberg took us into the OASIS and brought with it a sense of nostalgia through the Easter eggs and pop-culture references in a way that only he could. It’s only fitting that it would be someone so important to that era’s culture to take us back to the 1970s and ’80s with this film. The most impressive part isn’t the movie itself, but rather how it was made. In the Ready Player One bonus feature below, Spielberg takes us into the process of creating the film as he directs on the spot through the use of virtual reality. As the legendary director walked through the virtual set with his VR set-up, he could make decisions about the scenes and artists on-site and could make changes in real time. Check out the video below.
The more advanced we get with technology, visionaries will be able to accomplish even more incredible things, but we wouldn’t be anywhere without the men and women who paved the way. Steven Spielberg is certainly one of those people!