He Restored Steven Spielberg's Archives at 15

Asked how he got his own start in Hollywood, J.J. said he wrote "Regarding Henry" while he was still in college--but had his first brush with the film industry as an editor. When he was 15, an article about J.J.'s 8mm films caught Steven Spielberg's attention: "Steven saw the article and had his assistant call us...and she asked if we'd be available--interested in repairing movies Steven made when he was our age." J.J. said the job still shakes him up, laughing that Steven was entrusting 15-year-old strangers with fragile, invaluable archives--the early films "Firelight" and "Escape to Nowhere." As J.J. and his friend Matt restored the films, J.J. paused over a title card that read 'Written and Directed by Steve Spielberg': "I said, 'Matt, we have to steal one frame.' But he was like, 'No!'"