First theatrical premiere of a Spielberg film:
Firelight – Spielberg’s final 8mm amateur film – is screened in a rented movie theatre (Phoenix Little Theatre). He makes his first profit that night: $ 1.
Filming in 1963 lasts six months. 16-year-old Spielberg assigns all of his family, friends and school drama students for the $ 600 production.
First script: With
his brand-new 8mm camera and sound equipment in mind, Spielberg pens a
67-page movie script. The story is inspired by Byron Haskin’s The War of the Worlds (1953).
First film score: Spielberg composes the soundtrack by using his clarinet, his mother creates the sheet music for the school orchestra.