Behind the Scenes: Spielberg on the set of his theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974)

The Sugarland Express

Steven Spielberg sets up a shot on his theatrical directorial debut, The Sugarland Express (1974). That’s actor William Atherton – king of the 1980s dickheads in Die Hard, Ghostbusters and Real Genius – in the front passenger seat. Spielberg’s next film would be Jaws.

The tab marked “85” on the camera’s matte box refers to the filter used to allow tungsten-balanced film stock to be shot in daylight without a blue tint.

Photo courtesy of the Twitter feed of Will McCrabb.


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