Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair

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Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair
Developer(s)Knowledge Adventure[1]
Publisher(s)Knowledge Adventure[1]
Director(s)Steven Spielberg
Roger Holzberg
Patrick Algermissin
Alexandra Collett
Eric Eckstein
Greg Hammond
Producer(s)Roger Holzberg
Bruce Cohen
Designer(s)Rick Carter
Programmer(s)Rosanna Doty
Artist(s)Pamela Spertus
Writer(s)Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Roger Holzberg
Marcus Smith
Martin Casella
Composer(s)Randy Hale

Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair is a simulation video game created and published by Knowledge Adventure for Windows and Macintosh. It was released in 1996 in the United States.

In the game, the player is guided by film director Steven Spielberg (appearing as himself) through the 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. The game features advice from Hollywood professionals such as editor Michael Kahn, special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri, and cinematographer Dean Cundey. The game was produced by Roger Holzberg, who directed Spielberg in scenes in which Spielberg himself appeared.[2]


The player begins with a small budget and a personal assistant who provides guidance. Spielberg gives a pep talk to the player before the first feature can be made. Ted and Terry (or Terry and Ted) offer the player useful suggestions on changing the film's script. Delays can occur during the filmmaking process. Ultimately, the player works with actor Quentin Tarantino and actress Jennifer Aniston, as well as Penn & Teller. Cinematographer Dean Cundey also works on the player's film to keep it within budget.

The film is then edited by the player, who can choose which angles to use, and can add sound effects and a soundtrack. Spielberg then presents the film at its premiere. The studio sometimes offers the player a chance to make the film again with a larger budget. Script and shot options increase as the player advances in experience.

The short film within the game concerns a prisoner on death row (Tarantino) sentenced to death for the killing of an old lady (Katherine Helmond). His partner (Aniston) sets out to clear his name by investigating a pair of sinister magicians (Penn & Teller).[3]


The game had a budget of $40 million.[4]


Computer Gaming World rated the game two and a half stars out of five.[6] AllGame rated the game three stars out of five.[5]

In 2020, Molleindustria released a free browser version of the short film within the game, presented as a simplified interactive movie similar to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, or Mosaic.

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  1. ^ a b c d Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Joseph McBride, Steven Spielberg: A Biography Second Edition (2012), p. 431.
  3. ^ "'Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair', '90s Computer Game Where You Make a Movie Starring Quentin Tarantino, is Now Available Online". /Film. 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  4. ^ Grieser, Andy (November 9, 1996). "The reel thing". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. 69. Retrieved April 9, 2022 – via
  5. ^ a b "Steven Spielberg's Director Chair - Overview". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "A Splice of Life" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. October 1997. pp. 282–283. Retrieved June 1, 2016.

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