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Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair (1996)

Moviemaking simulation game, in which the player is guided by Steven Spielberg through the comprehensive process of moviemaking, including scriptwriting, filming, and editing.

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Credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Laura
Quentin Tarantino ... Jack Cavello
Penn Jillette ... Leroy Paine
Teller ... Sigmund Terrore
Katherine Helmond ... Ma Cavello
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Billett Tom Billett ... Grim Reaper
Barry Corbin ... Warden
Dean Cundey ... Himself
Stanley Dyrector Stanley Dyrector ... Death Row Prisoner
Michael Kahn ... Himself
Michael Lantieri Michael Lantieri ... Himself / Special Effects Supervisor
Pat Romano Pat Romano ... Himself - Stunt Coordinator
Malinda Williams ... Herself / Production Assistant


Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair is a moviemaking simulation game. In the game, the player is guided by Steven Spielberg (appearing as himself) through the comprehensive process of moviemaking, including scriptwriting, filming, and editing, using pre-generated film clips featuring Jennifer Aniston, Quentin Tarantino, Katherine Helmond, and Penn & Teller, among others. As the player advances in experience, his script and shot options increase. The game features advice from Hollywood professionals such as editor Michael Kahn, special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri, and cinematographer Dean Cundey. It was released in 1996 in the United States of America. So if you want to learn how to make movies, play this game. Written by Nicholas Rodriguez-Fernandez

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1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Quentin Tarantino was also featured on a television show that also goes by the name of The Director's Chair. See more »

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Fun if you have a lot of free time
23 July 1999 | by NitabelSee all my reviews

Director's Chair is one of those games where the more you put into it, the more you will be rewarded. The game has four levels of play, from Novice to A-list director. At each new level, you gain privileges, talent, and most importantly, new movie footage. While the lower levels can be boring and a bit confusing, it is worthwhile to play through them to gain an understanding of how everything works. You will also figure out shortcuts and handy tricks that will make the advanced levels much more fun.

As the movie content goes, there is a lot of good footage of the actors, as well as a choice in the storyline of your film. I would have preferred a little more freedom with the plot, but the huge amount of available footage allows the director to make up for dull storylines by using varied and interesting shots.

Overall, Director's Chair is a beautifully made, high-content game. It is time consuming to learn and requires a lot of work, but is ultimately worth the effort.

(A note: Because of its visual complexity, slower computers may have trouble with this game. Even using a high-end computer, I had some trouble with bugs and the program freezing up.)

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