Luke, a young boy with big dreams, wants to make movies just like his hero Steven Spielberg. His concerned mother writes an impassioned letter to the big man himself, and Mr. Spielberg responds with an encouraging letter to the boy.

Two decades later, Luke Greenfield grows up to direct The Girl Next Door, and guess who's a major fan?

Greenfield's story is a heartwarming one, but it's not without its tragedy and realism. He goes in depth on his grueling experience (sort of) directing The Animal with Rob Schneider and his struggles to be taken seriously in the industry as a young voice. Greenfield's goal as a filmmaker is to make you not only laugh hysterically, but also to feel. His latest achievement, Half Brothers, hits theaters this Friday, Dec. 4.

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman and Jeffrey Reeser.