Here’s something you may have never heard, seen, or played before. It’s a game from 1996 from Knowledge Adventure and Dreamworks titled Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair.
The game is a Steven Spielberg-led tutorial on filmmaking. It takes you through the process of directing a film and at the end, there’s a short film that you watch that’s filled with various stylistic choices that were designed to put the lessons into practice.
There’s an all-star cast that was involved with the project that included Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Aniston, and Penn & Teller. This is certainly an interesting and unlikely group of talent to see working together! Here’s the description of the game, which has been restored. You can actually play it right now, right here.
In 1996, Knowledge Adventure and Dreamworks published Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair, an ambitious game simulating the process of moviemaking. The centerpiece of the title was a short film with an all star cast directed by Steven Spielberg himself.
Since the player could take some crucial decisions in the pre-production phase, the film was shot with different plot points and tonal variants.
We salvaged the game’s raw footage and reorganized it as a real time interactive movie experience. Be prepared to choose your own path through this obscure bit of film and video game history…
The plot for the game centers around a man (Tarantino) who is imprisoned for a crime he may or may not have committed and it follows his girlfriend’s (Aniston) attempts to uncover the truth. Penn and Teller play a pair of shady magicians.
This thing is as 90s as you can get and I love it! It’s awesome to see a long-lost Steven Spielberg project restored and brought back for a whole new generation to enjoy in 2020. Hell, I’m sure for many of you this is the first time that you’ve even heard of the game!
So, when you’ve got some time, enjoy the game and tell us what you think!
The original game, Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair, was an awkward but ambitious film-making simulation, in which Spielberg coached you from pre-production to premiere.
It was meant to inspire a new generation of directors… pic.twitter.com/OUxOVIkw4m
— Paolo Pedercini (@molleindustria) August 8, 2020