Steven Spielberg Gives A Tour of Universal Studios – Behind The Scenes of Movie Magic

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we're leaving Amblin this has been your home since 84 right yeah this has been I built the building in began in 83 and we finished it like eight months later in 84 I think because with the BFG opening the idea was where are your old stomping grounds get it well I have not left giant country since I entered giant country which was here at Universal Studios this has been my giant country I've always said that this is universal has been my ancestral home all these years are the stories true they used to sneak onto the lot here when you were a young guy how old probably about 16 so you couldn't be tried as an adult at that point no I would have definitely been taken to juvenile court and gotten a suspended sentence for giving it a good try but I wasn't caught thank goodness I had a pass for three days and I just took a chance the guards remember I admit I had been here on three consecutive days regular I walked in with no past the fourth day and he waved me through and it was that way for the next three months of my summer vacation really how I spent my summer vacations his company what would you do we watch television shows be shot a lot watching the kind of coordination on a set just watching everybody knew what they needed to do and they did their jobs and it was very much like a kind of team sport did you see any filmmakers that you admired Hitchcock but I got thrown off that separately I was on the torn curtain set for about ten minutes before someone came and told me to leave did you get to see him and got to see H and Julie Andrews but they were I was on the Phantom of the Opera stage they were far away and I had just come through an entrance that was the back of the theater there were five hundred extras in the seats that's when an ad or a second maybe even a third ad got kicked off by a third ad show me your papers I'm just here to watch and they said well no this is a closed set and that was the end of it this is Courthouse Square this isn't where we shot back to the future and that was the clock tower there's the time already set on the clock tower but this existed before Back to the Future right it was yeah this was always here we just used what was available to us now but that gas station we put in for Back to the Future 2 was it used for a lot just random TV shows and movie sets and television series movies before Back to the Future did it have a most famous use it was used I take the killer monkey bird shot a little bit here there were a lot of television shows that shot here but this is most known for back to the future now at least at least that's for the trams and the tour guides tell everybody this is most known for back to the future we like that watch out there used to be just like a description but I know how to get there because I grew up it's good that one I love being bifurcated with Jimmy Stewart that's a great honor actually having Stewart and spheal I love that one of the greatest honors of my life is being able to share a street sign with Jimmy Stewart so this just goes Japanese the how many questions they made in the fifties and sixties so these are probably the most time the most utilized backlog in history in fact and they're just restin streets as far as the eye could see even more in the old days that would take it down for other sets from Western to kind of Spanish so in Mexican style architecture this is jaws I'd say that the Orca used to be right there I tell you that story none of our many interviews no no the Orca was to arctic Orca was here and I used to come out for about a couple of years after I made the movie to get all over my PTSD I would just work through my own trauma because it will trump from after making that film sitting in that boat alone for hours I'll just sit in that boat alone for out just working through and I would shake I get in the boat made my hands would shake and and then I was fine and the five six years went by I hadn't seen the boat in five years decided just come back and revisit was gone somebody unlock the nose to me or Sid Sheinberg who ran the studio yeah he had torn it up and just throwing it away took him the entire boat away because they said they said there was dry rot they were termites reporter with termites of dry rot I'm gonna actually ask them to rebuild it and put it back here I'm gonna actually see if they'll do that cuz it that tore that tourists would love the city work so it's just a chance to kind of commune with that experience yeah my the experience was very good to me as you know the experience gave me complete freedom for the rest of my career with the amount of success to film enjoy just KB's pound cut and give me a chance to Steven Spielberg Drive it's a long road it's a long road it's a long and winding road suddenly I feel like I'm doing a James Corden Z interview exactly yeah we'll start karaokes there we go so you know what this is this is Ronny Howard's movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas which is very very uh it's nice I kept this up and then right around the corner is the infamous Bates Motel and it hasn't changed very much same color they haven't even repainted this place it's I think they've replaced some lightbulbs Wow this was the just an amazing piece of art direction to have this year and have the you know Norman Bates his mother's house right up there it's pretty extraordinary and it all seems so small now you know when you see the movie it all looks bigger yeah and just or anything about movies they make everything look bigger well that's a little bit a foreshortening writer a speaker they make directors seem bigger but we're not we're really not so this is and it was interesting when I shot more of the worlds here this is where Rick Carter located the 747 crash and we bought it for i think $50,000 and cut it up into little pieces brought it up here and built this neighborhood for the crash site so the houses weren't here yeah we added these houses that this was part of the Rick Carter's production design to have this entire plane crash right in the middle of a neighborhood Wow and then shear the house that they were hiding in in half as you remember from the film so all of all of these just kind of scary to my appearances when you see the movie you'll notice it's not a single body in the scene there's nobody than the airplane and nobody it's on the ground that was an illusion that seeing the empty seat so I thought was more powerful than having a bunch of dummies or extras right not to be confused by the way but we Oh mannequins strapped into the to this to the seats it was a lot more horrible I thought just to have the whole thing empty and then this is where lost world was it's the lost world set oh no and this was the the second visitor center up here right around the corner that involves evoke some memories yeah like what what kind bloody heart all these movies are bring back like it's never had a cakewalk I have never made a movie that could be you know subtitled the cakewalk if some of my films might seem like a quacks but they're not at all and I like coming onto each movie you know with my experience not being what is going to keep me out of trouble yeah that's how you mix it up how you can stay fresh right yeah thank you told me before she bill kissed nerves are a good things good filming great regardless the announcement Indiana Jones Tommy I'm I'm scheduled to make one of those again someday but that's not for a couple of years the ready player one in between that and ready player one is what I'm going off next plan to do when you were prowling around the studio as a 16-year old were there things you learned that became valuable or was a gorgeous inspiration I basically took a master course in film editing because it was a lot harder to stay on a set for an extended period of time without really without me being questioned what am I doing here but what the editors embraced me and all of them didn't I probably learned more in editorial sneaking around here than they did on any soundstage how did you introduce yourself I told the truth I told the truth I told all the editors I was unofficially here to learn how to be a director and nobody blew a whistle on me and they liked having me around and they played a couple of jokes on me like the day they asked me to go like down to an editing room and take out film in a 16 millimeter film bin out of that editor and bring it to the main lobby and I did it because it was suddenly somebody that asked me to do something just a drop great so I ran into the room and there was some guy half naked you know behind the movie hola yeah he had no show I don't know if he was dressed him below the ways he it just was totally stark naked from the waist up and he was cutting on this thing I say excuse me and I took the bin out of the room and the guy stands up starts shouting at me with using a lot of inappropriate language and I immediately recognized him it was Marlon Brando I ran out of the room without the bin and the editors were suppressing their laughter because they didn't want to be heard by Brando but they were on the floor they're rolling on death's they were laughing so hard what was going on Randle apparently was cutting a documentary on Tahiti they had lent him a room and they played this they kind of I guess pumped me they're going tribal and they do his kid in tribal he jerked it up I think he was wearing bathing trunks but that was the only time I ever saw Brando in the flesh you see a lot of them okay thanks Steven that is really fun


Margaret Drew · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Did the tour in 1979 looks the same as it did them

Alpha Jay 3.0 · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

I'm guessing things between Spielberg and Brando became awkward after that.

Mark Hutsell · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

(7:37) zeitgeist imagery.

Jim Vines Presents... · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

I worked for the Universal security department for 4 years (1994-1998) and, wow, what a great time I had. There's nothing like patrolling a studio back lot at two o'clock in the morning!

Fidel · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Three month access on an expired pass? Priceless education.

C.S.R · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

He better make
Indiana Jones 5 better then Indiana Jones 4!
That movie was the worst!
Time to redeem yourself
Mr. Spielberg!

PainfulToWatch · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

This is my number one favorite director!

Ruple Thaker · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Is the Jaws set still under reconstruction? & has the Orca been rebuilt? Thanks.

Ruple Thaker · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Lucky bastard!

Gordon Davis · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

The old story that Spielberg just walked onto the movie lot when he was young. His uncle was involved with making movies and gave Spielberg an unpaid internship, that is how Steven could walk around the lot and meet actors and directors when he was young. Read “the making of close encounters” for details about Spielberg’s internship.

zven gally · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Armed security rolling right behind them. Guaranteed they have fully automatic mp5's on deck.

Imaginary Friend · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Is the Original Westworld Set on that Lot?

Tara Gragg · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

I like the DeLorean. But what about JC Penney?

retroecho · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

9:40 “Thanks David.” !! ?? !!

THE JOHNiVERSE · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Great piece, thanks.

kamratframjandet · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

05:31 – Norman Bates' mother's house isn't really the same house as in the movie.

That Dad Blog · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Great video !

TheKamrenB · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Dude looks like he could be Seth McFarlane's relative

Jeff · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Lol those tourists in the bus didn't realise they just went past Steven Spielberg

David Weiss · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

JAWS!!! @2:57 🙂

Gorilla Jones · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm



the missing link · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Imagine calling Steven Spielberg your "friend". Now that's a privilege I'd love to have. I could just have endless conversations with him.

Stephen Reed · May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Damn, you’d think that a tour of Steven Spielberg would be like special and stuff, but this man is so down to earth, he can talk AND drive a golf cart at the same time.
Plus also casually go by a tram.

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