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The film was made for 0, most of which came from his father, and was shown in a local cinema for one evening, which earned back its cost. In Los Angeles, he applied to the University of Southern California's film school, but was turned down because of his "C" grade average.After attending Arcadia High School in Phoenix for three years, his family next moved to Saratoga, California, where he later graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965. His parents divorced while he was still in school, and soon after he graduated Spielberg moved to Los Angeles, staying initially with his father. He was later given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35mm, Amblin', which he wrote and directed.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Spielberg's films have spanned many themes and genres.Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, and offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract.It made him the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio. When I began to work with Steven, I understood everything."It isn't something I enjoy admitting," he once said, "but when I was seven, eight, nine years old, God forgive me, I was embarrassed because we were Orthodox Jews.I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents' Jewish practices. That was how it all started." At age thirteen, while living in Phoenix, Spielberg won a prize for a 40-minute war film he titled Escape to Nowhere, using a cast composed of other high school friends.