Once inside and settled, Spielberg started production on .
The Skinny: When Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving met in 1976, they were both stars on the rise within Hollywood.
Irving, a talented young actress, had gained rave reviews for her costar turn in the high school horror movie star Kate Capshaw.
He ended up attending California State College at Long Beach and while they had no official film program, he immersed himself in the world of cinema and visited theaters and studio tours as often as possible.
On one such visit to the Universal Studios tour, legend has it that he jumped off the tour bus and wandered around the back lot.
Because of this, Universal signed him to a 7 year contract in the Television department, making him the youngest director ever to be signed to a long term deal by a major Hollywood studio.
After the small success of the made-for-TV into a feature.
The film became legendary for its set-backs, set disasters and coming in way over-budget.
Nevertheless, the studio was ecstatic with Spielberg for having turned an incredible profit on the film and helping it achieve such critical and commercial success. His next few films included was an incredibly well-received film.
By the time he was 12 years old, he had made his first film using a script and actors and by the time he was 16, he had made his first 2 hour long feature film.