Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Steven Spielberg’s first completed 35mm short film is Amblin’. Shot in 1968 with a $15,000 budget, the 26-minute short film resulted in Sid Sheinberg signing Spielberg to a long-term deal at Universal under the Television division. Steven became the youngest director at the time to ever be signed to such a deal by a big Hollywood studio. Amblin won several film festival awards, and later became the name for Spielberg’s production company – Amblin Entertainment.
The film tells the story of a young couple who meet up while hitchhiking across the desert. Many of Spielberg’s unpaid crew members supposedly left the project before the end of the 105+ degree grueling desert shoot. For the most part, the film is silent, accompanied by some sound effects and acoustic guitar. Thanks to /Film reader David for sending this over.
And below you can see a brief excerpt from an interview where Spielberg talks about Amblin at the Cannes Film Festival junket for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.Cool Posts From Around the Web: