Jaws. The defining film in my life. The first film I remember seeing as a child remains my favorite film of all time. Steven Spielberg was a Wellesian 26 years old when he directed this masterpiece and it forever changed the landscape of the Worldwide Box Office, the film formula and Hollywoodâ€™s marketing machines.
Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws tells the simple story of a small New England town terrorized by a great white shark but itâ€™s in the 2nd act with what starts as a simple horror story turns into a Moby Dick tale at sea fueled by the 3 archetypes of Chief Brody, Matt Hooper, and Quint, our salty Ahab.
As much as itâ€™s been compared to Melvilleâ€™s Moby Dick, I donâ€™t recall Dick giving people true fear. What Hitch did with Psycho and shower curtains, Spielberg to this day makes me think of whatâ€™s underneath me whenever I step foot into the ocean.
The film is perfect and I chose a very simple sequence too look at. A sequence which on the page was 3 sentences long. Keep this is mind all of you â€˜page a minuteâ€™ sticklers. How would you have shot this? How many cuts? You know the drill. Read the quick passage from the script and then letâ€™s have a look at it, shot by shot:
See the shot by shot analysis at Cineobscure …