Steven Spielberg is an accomplished Eagle Scout and started filming by taking his dads movie camera on scout trips. At age 17, he wrote and directed his first independent film called Firelight that would later inspire Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
At the age of 17, Steven Spielberg directed a sci-fi film called “Firelight”. The budget was $500, and it was shown at a local cinema, with 500 people coming, and tickets costing a dollar each. However, one person paid $2, so the movie made $1, making it Spielberg’s first commercial success.
Steven Spielberg receives $30–50 million a year from all park ticket revenue/portion of park concession for his role as a creative consultant for Universal theme park rides. He can also trigger an exit deal clause and collect a lump sum payment of $535 million, some predicting to be $1 billion.
Michael Jackson once spent $150,000 to put a curse on Steven Spielberg because he didn’t give him the role of Peter Pan in the movie Hook.
Steven Spielberg refused payment for his work on “Schindler’s List”.
Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”
In 2002, Steven Spielberg finally finished college after a 33 year hiatus. He turned in Schindler’s List for his student film requirement.