Who Remembers Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair?

steven spielberg's directors chair

Who remembers that Steven Spielberg project with Jennifer Aniston, Quentin Tarantino, Katherine Helmond and Penn and Teller?  It was a CD-ROM interactive game for PC and Mac called Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair.  You chose the cast, the script and the camera angles.  It was released in 1996 and Spielberg appeared throughout the game guiding you and giving you tips.  Hollywood professionals such as editor Michael Kahn, special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri, and cinematographer Dean Cundey were also in the game to give you advice.

Steven Spielbergs directors chairYou started with a small budget and a personal assistant who guided you along the way.  Spielberg gave you a pep talk before you're left to work on your first feature.  Ted and Terry (or Terry and Ted) offered you useful suggestions on changing your script.  Delays were inevitable and cost you money but before you knew it you were doing your first shoot with Quentin Tarantino and Jennifer Aniston.  For good measure Penn and Teller were on board too. Dean Cundey who was the director of photography on Apollo 13 and Jurassic Park were there to keep everything working and within budget.

After taking your film to the editing room where you could choose the angles and got to grips with the tools you had such as adding sound effects, off the wall editing and adding a soundtrack you were ready for your movie to go live.

Steven Spielbergs directors chairAt the premiere, Steven Spielberg himself would present your work and made you feel like you've really achieved something special.  The studio usually gave you a thumbs up and a chance to do the whole movie again but this time with a bigger budget.

I had this game and spent hours perfecting my movie and feeling frustrated that I was restricted to the same story and shots.  Great for the time though and a bonus it featured my favourite director.

Anyone got this game to work on Windows 7?  Please let me know

Check out this video showing scenes where Steven Spielberg appears, interviews with the cast including Mr Spielberg and also the premiere of the game.

Screenshots and Game cover:
Steven Spielbergs directors chair

Steven Spielbergs directors chair

Steven Spielbergs directors chair

Steven Spielbergs directors chair

Steven Spielbergs directors chair

Steven Spielbergs directors chair

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  1. I still have my copy of this strange game. I haven't tried to play it in years, though.

  2. 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.

  3. Have played this game, pretty game.
    W. Hays


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