At the end of “The Fabelmans”, the young hero is full of hope as he walks through a film and television studio. But what will now happen to Steven Spielberg / Sammy?
In the last sequences of The Fabelmans, we are in 1965. The young hero, Sammy, is taking courses at the university and receives a letter inviting him to go to CBS studios. On the spot, the producer Bernie Fein (played by Greg Grunberg) makes him meet John Ford and announces to him that the chain will launch the comedy Papa Schultz.
With The Fabelmans, Spielberg romances and reinvents his youth, but what will happen to young Sammy/Steven when the film ends?
In reality, at this time, Steven Spielberg participates in a visit to the Universal studio and escapes from it to go and observe the professionals at work. After having sympathized with the film librarian, the young man manages to come back several days in a row, which means that they end up letting him in without even stopping him.
I spent almost two months at Universal Studios. And that’s how that summer, I became an unofficial apprentice. A few years later, in 1968, he met John Cassavetes who hired him to be a production assistant on Faces for two weeks. It was also this year that Spielberg met a newbie producer, Denis C. Hoffman, who allowed him to shoot a short silent film entitled: Amblin.
The film tells how in the middle of the hippie wave, a man and a woman meet and have fun together, until she opens the mysterious guitar case which he does not part with.
Produced by Universal, the short film opened for Otto Preminger’s Skidoo and won prizes at three small festivals. Sidney Sheinberg, the vice-president of the studio, sees the film and offers the budding filmmaker a 7-year contract. Spielberg becomes the youngest director to sign such a major engagement with a major studio. He is only 22 years old.
The filmmaker’s first official job under this contract will be the canning of a segment of the pilot episode of Rod Sterling’s Night Gallery series.
Amblin symbolizes for Spielberg a kind of lucky star, and in 1981 will become the name of his production company: Amblin Entertainment.