By Al Giovetti, 03/16/97
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair
There was Jaws, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List and other films that have made him famous enough to command entire armies of film production workers. He also commands our attention when he appears on the television or his films appear on the silver screen. Now Steven is turning his attention to computer games.
Company LineCreate a hit movie with guidance from Steven Spielberg and a cast of the hottest actors in the business. Graduate through four levels of game play, from novice movie maker all the way to A-List Director. But stay on schedule and under budget. You've only got $40 million. It's harder than you think, and more exciting than you ever imagined. Are you sure you want this job?
Check into the Writer's Bungalow and hammer out your script. Writing not your game? No problem. We've hired the best writers in Hollywood, real ringers. They'll do the job for you. Of course, like most things in Hollywood, their kind of talent doesn't come cheap.
You're the director. You call the shots. Don't know the difference between a 10K and a doorway dolly? Don't worry. We've got you covered with a brilliant cinematographer. You pick the shots. He'll turn 'em into film. You make the cuts. Didn't shoot enough in production? Steven says the best movies are made in the editing room. Of course, editing time isn't free, so you'll have to mind the schedule.
A movie without sound is like a school day without detention. With Director's Chair, you can add all the sound your movie deserves.
Think with your ears. We'll give you the music. You provide the inspiration. With our roster of top flight composers and your timing, you'll score a worldwide hit.
You're a big time film director now, so the world owes you a living, right? Promoting your picture isn't a snap, but the marketing department is all yours. Design the kind of poster that kids will want to hang on their wall at home. (Just keep it out of the bus stops, OK?) While you're at it, create some screen credits to pay back all the people who owe you so much. Then, write your own ticket and sell sell sell!
Premiere your movie for your friends or send it to them over the Internet. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Production...
Game PlayGame play involves dealing with the crises that arise every day from late actors to bad weather for outside scenes. You learn how to shoot around disasters and still come in ontime with the film. You assemble a movie only one way in the editing room meaning that any replay value is gone.
Basically the script writers write, the cinematographer catches it on film, and the sound and music is added and lastly you must cut it into a good movie sequence.
Stephen wants you to make a movie. he will help you along with the production and will also help you get it on the internet. You get a budget and a schedule. If you go over budget or over schedule you will get fired. Can you bring the film in under budget and ahead of schedule?
The graphics are actors pasted over kind of washed out backgrounds.
AnimationThe animation is good but the characters are small and the actors look pasted onto the still backgrounds. The look is not clean and sharp like a good game but more like a documentary in a cluttered, if too perfect, office.
Voice ActorsQuentin Tarantino, Penn and Teller, Jenifer Aniston, and Steve all give good performances, but the animation is so small that you cannot really tell anything about them.
Music ScoreThe music is added by the Holywood music house.
Sound EffectsThe sound effects are added by a Holywood foley group
Multi-player FeaturesThere are no multiplayer features.
Cheats, Hints, Walkthrough
JournalistsShane says to bypass this less than acceptable work from the great director. Stick to films Steve.
ReferencesKnowledge Adventure Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair WEb Site
Shane Mooney, PC Games, volume 3, number 12, December, 1996, pg. 170, 78%.