Tom Hanks credits Steven Spielberg among influential directors

No film school could match the on-set education Tom Hanks has gained from observing some of the best filmmakers in the business as they plied their craft. Hanks reveals to USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna what he learned from five directors who played pivotal roles in his career.

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Steven Spielberg, here filming “The Terminal”, rarely make lists. “His brain has always worked in cinematic terms. He does not have shots written down. He gets there and goes bang, bang, bang. He once asked me, ‘Hey, Tom, come here. Where would you put the camera in this scene?’ And I thought, ‘I don’t even think that way.'”

Hanks, who also worked with Spielberg on “Saving Private Ryan”, adds that the director “is wondering what is the unknown angle that is going to visually capture this scene in a brand-new way. He shoots ridiculously fast. He’s not precious at all.”

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