With all American directors, Stanley Kubrick is one of the most talented and effective professionals that the industry has ever had. He was a filmmaker in the United States, directing the best known Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, A Space Odyssey, and Full Metal Jacket.
He was born on July 26, 1928,in the New York City. His father, Jacques Kubrick was a doctor while his mother Sadie Kubrick was a fulltime housewife.
As a student, he never did well in school. During elementary years, he was not able to attend school on a regular basis. When he reached high school, he was an outcast and an underachiever. As a matter of fact, he ranked the last in his class. But when he was 19, everything changed. He excelled in lots of things except academics.
When he was young, he dreamt to play baseball or even become a prolific writer. But who would have thought that he would be a flexible and versatile director in the industry?
Despite being an outcast in high school, he focused more on creative endeavors like playing the drums in the jazz band of the school. Aside from that, he had given the chance to serve as a photographer in their school paper during his time. At the age of 16, he already sold most of his photos to Look magazine. After a year, he got hired as a staff in the same company.
In the 1950s, he started to explore filmmaking. He was given the opportunity to direct documentary shorts, in which they were his very first films. With the help of his relatives as well as friends, it was a success.
He also had his first feature entitled Fear and Desire in 1953. Before he was able to direct, he began as a cinematographer, a soundman, and an editor.
Overall, he made 10 feature films throughout his lifetime. To name a few, these are Spartacus (1960), How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and a lot more. At first, directing was really hard for him. There were lots of adversities that challenged him a lot.
During the filming of one of his successful movies, Dr. Strangelove, the U.S armed services were denied. However, it did not affect the determination, passion, and patience of this person. He went on to build sets from public sources as well as photographs.
In 1968, he released 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was his famous film. All his hard works and sleepless nights were worth it. From years of working on the production, co-writing the script, working on special effects to filming, he proved that every dream can be achieved thru commitment, positivity, and conscientiousness.
With his efforts, the film unexpectedly earned several nominations for the Academy Award. Plus, he won one of his adept skills in special effects.
With the humble beginnings and achievements of Stanley Kubrick, he is a role model to those who are aspiring directors. No matter how hard to make your dreams a reality, always believe in yourself. Never lose hope; be an optimist until the end!