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Steven Spielberg Interview

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Shoni Vaknin Friday 4th January 2008 What cinematic techniques are used to grab the audience's attention in the opening 10 minutes of Saving Private Ryan? When Steven Spielberg made Saving Private Ryan he aimed to portray "the terrors and triumphs of D-Day as more than just make-believe." He has taught the entire world to view history as he sees it: in black and white, with musical accompaniment. A legend who has stamped his mark on every film genre known to man; and we asked that little boy from Cincinnati how he created one of the most realistic, intense and memorable war movies of our time. Spielberg produced a film that was praised for its authenticity and uncanny likeness to the surviving 1940's footage and that gritty feeling of reality that runs down your spine is what made this film critically-acclaimed by peers and audiences alike. The first 10 minutes are the most heralded sequence of the film, which depict the Omaha beachhead assault of June 6 1944, but how did he capture the past so magnificently? ...read more.

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Spielberg: Because a mid range shot showed that he had a family and at that point it was leading into the action and not trying to show that the man was really emotional. Vaknin: The graveyard scene was very touching, because you captured his sorrow brilliantly, so why did the score begin to darken and why did add a growing drum beat? Spielberg: Oh, the score was to prepare you for the bloody battle you were about to see. To let you know that you were no longer in the graveyard, but in a place that was terrifying and forgotten. Vaknin: There is no dialogue until the soldiers start preparing for landing, why aren't we introduced to the main characters earlier? Spielberg: In war, it is all a rush and struggle for survival, so you wouldn't have time to meet and greet, as such, the main characters. Vaknin: The lighting in the graveyard and war scenes are very different, why did you choose opposite lighting? ...read more.

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Vaknin: The editing in this film is just fantastic and there is a shot of Tom Hanks (Capt. Miller) when everything is slowed down and a soldier is shouting orders at him, why did you use a high shot type and slow editing? Spielberg: Personally, I think that a high shot type showed how small, insignificant and just as scared as the next man Capt. Miller really was and when I used slow editing it really showed his emotion and the drama of it all. There are lots of different types of cinematic techniques that were used in the opening 10 minutes of SPR and all were used in a truly realistic and intelligent way. Steven Allan Spielberg is a genius when it comes to directing or producing. Saving Private Ryan will always be remembered as one of the last great war films that recognizes that older generation who bravely fought and died with pride for their country. Overall, it was a great way to round off that last millennium. ...read more.

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