Steven Spielberg will always be a legend... that's a given.
But the director has shown that despite being one of the world's best – and likely busiest – directors, he's still got time to encourage the next generation.
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19-year-old amateur filmmaker and design student Krishna Bala Shenoi of Bangalore, India, made a 75-second animated tribute to his idol and posted it online.
Through the singular power of the internet, it then ended up on Spielberg's very own screen.
The clip came to his attention after Shenoi posted it in a blog on the Chicago Sun Times website, where he is a special correspondent for film critic Roger Ebert.
The blog was in turn spotted by Spielberg's long-standing make-up designer Lois Burwell, who has worked with the director on films including 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'Lincoln', who made Spielberg aware of it.
So impressed was the director with Shenoi's work, he penned himRead More »from Spielberg sends student handwritten letter