How the 'Spielberg Face' Makes Everything Look Awesome

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Spielberg is a master of Hollywood blockbuster magic. Dinosaurs, aliens, robots, apocalypse, etc, all rendered with glorious special effects, have made for one megahit after another. There's a secret ingredient in the mix, however -- a sort of cinematic M.S.G. that kicks it up a notch: the Spielberg Face. You know, the face you made when you saw those aliens? This epic video essay is here to expose just how often that speechless expression of wonder appears in the filmmaker's work, where it comes from, and what it says about us. 

Written and edited by Kevin B. Lee for Fandor, the video was inspired by Matt Patches's roundup of Spielberg faces for UGO. The full transcript of the video and a list of the films referenced can be found here.

See more videos from Fandor at http://www.fandor.com/.

Via Devour.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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