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JAWS Super 8mm Version

Eddie McCormack of jawsmoviearchives.com uploaded this to YouTube and says about it:

“Following the release of JAWS in 1975 the world was awash with related tie-in memorabilia, among the endless items was a single Super 8mm cine reel featuring a heavily edited version of the blockbuster long out of print.

One of the most notable features about of the Super 8mm edition of JAWS is the opening attack on swimmer ‘Chrissie Watkins’, it’s common knowledge that the scene was shot ‘day for night’ for the movie, but less known is the fact that an ungraded version of the daytime shot footage that differs from the final movie appears on the Super 8mm edition.

This discovery was one of the main reasons I originally wanted to convert and view this version of the movie. Obviously due the nature and age of the source material used, the section isn’t perfect but I’ve enhanced the scene to try and present it as clean and bright as the original cine without going too over the top with the contrast and colour correction.

I will be revisiting this at a later stage to restore the original audio, but for now I hope JAWS fans out there enjoy this vintage reel.”

Custom Orca by Mike Lorenz


Mike Lorenz, the talented creator of the very popular JAWS custom action figures, has also created a custom Orca as well, big enough for his son to command. Check out the pictures below, and keep an eye out for an upcoming interview with Mike. Thanks, Mike! Comments are welcome below.

Amity or Bust (video)

This video about JAWSFest was created by Joe Fordham of Cinefex Magazine. We interviewed him for The Shark is Still Working.

Amity or Bust from Flashfilms on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas from SantaJAWS!

More fine artwork from Erik Hollander!

You can also get a SantaJAWS Hat:

Lego JAWS!

This is a pretty fantastic version of JAWS done in Lego, created by Dan Parks:

Part 1

Part 2

JAWS Gets Them All

Another funny JAWS short by Gradius Mojo aka Bowlegged Brody:

Jaws 2: Revolutionary for Sequels

Variation has always been the source of much debate during this much scrutinized era of sequels. Before Jaws 2, sequels were primarily made for two reasons: to continue the storyline that was not initially concluded in the first film (Planet Of The Apes, The Godfather), or in the design of the episodic serial (Frankenstein, Dirty Harry, James Bond). Universal decided to do something that seemed improbable– make a sequel where most have failed (French Connection II & Exorcist II). This leaves a crew’s work cut out for them.

Chief Brody is now a disillusioned, paranoid man

Chief Brody is now a disillusioned, paranoid man

Chasing demons from the past in a darkroom

Chasing demons from the past in a darkroom

In 1975, director Steven Spielberg’s Jaws became the most successful picture of all time. The success of the film created a phenomenon that Universal felt somehow had to be continued. Enter Jaws 2, a film that proved more things than the general public knows today or when it was released in 1978. Only this time, no Spielberg and no Dreyfuss, for both were working on Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. So who was going to take over? What was going to make this film special in its own way? French director Jeannot Szwarc was brought on board by production designer Joe Alves who worked with him and Spielberg on Rod Serling’s TV horror show, Night Gallery. Upon winning the director’s chair, Szwarc decided upon a very meticulous and crucial design on how to make this film and what it exactly needed to be.

1. The main character must be emotionally enhanced, more matured, learning from previous film’s events; continuing arc. (you’ll see this later in Aliens, T2, etc)

2. Introduce new conflicts for the characters to face (nobody believes Roy Scheider’s character’s suspicions of a shark).

3. Nostalgia for the previous film must be established giving the character’s history.

4. The story structure and certain elements of the first film must remain in order to keep the audience’s familiarity of why they loved the first film (shark POVS, action elements)

5. Different cinematography or visual look (shooting behind the shark fin, different lighting).

6. Different editing style gives the film a different pace and/or energy.

7. Introduce elements that were not included in the first film or create different situations for the characters (shark is shown a lot to prevent duplicating the first film).

8. Bring back the characters that the audience fell in love with in the first film as long as it respects continuity.

9. Bring back the same musical themes from the original film (John Williams returns to enhance his Academy-award winning themes with new compositions.)

10. Enhance and extend the themes from the original film to bring new life and feelings for the film (Szwarc introduced sophisticated visuals giving an art history appreciation).

A glaring paradox can be noticed. For it all to work, such a film requires to be somewhat similar to its original source of inspiration and yet be different enough to reveal new storytelling possibilities and interpretations. Not easy…

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it

"Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"

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Kayak FAIL

Kayak FAIL and more funny pics at FailPix.net

In The Crates (A Collecting JAWS Thread) Dedicated to Wullie

I first posted this collecting thread around this time last year on Jawsmovie and Spielberg films, I originally dedicated the topic to our dear departed friend Wullie who sadly passed away nearly a year ago now, I thought I’d post this again in memory of the gentleman and hopefully for your interest.

(as posted in 2007)

So a long overdue clearout at home commenced this fall and was closely followed by a period of decorating hell. I knew amid the mayhem that I would eventually need to move and re house a lot of my JAWS collection… a task not for the faint of heart.

I photographed some stages of the adventure so join me (you don’t have to take me by the hand) for a rare glimpse into my own JAWS vaults…

Until recently much of my collection that is actually stored at home lived stacked in tough cardboard boxes which were fine for storage, but I needed something more organised for the occasions I need to refer to material for a JAWS related project or to answer enquiries which I often receive.
I invested in a number of plastic crates and decided to give them a rough storage crate “identity”. I scanned and cleaned up the logo from the cover of the original UK JAWS paperback (sorry Lou ) as this was the typeface I most associate with from the original JAWS era, I produced a large stencil from this and sprayed a rough and ready logo on each crate. After coming down from the high from the fumes I set working through much of my collection and deciding which items would live together.

Magazines, Stills and Press Materials:

These items are the easiest to store but command the most protection due of course to the nature of paper ageing. It was a cert that I would be heavily distracted during this section of the move, but what a distraction it was! It was a delight to flick through the related magazines and press releases etc from the period. Viewing all these together in such a concentrated manner drove home just how big business JAWS really was during that initial Summer of the Shark and of course the summers that followed.

Out of interest I store the vast majority of my magazines and press materials in individual plastic bags with the rarer publications toughened by card backing.

Books, books and more books:

Over the years I’ve accumulated a variety of worldwide JAWS novels, most covers carry the usual and classic Kastel art, some though feature nice variations of this iconic image and several feature totally unrelated art and are often pretty wacky in their design. Alongside the variations of the novel are the worldwide variations of the “The Making of JAWS” and “The JAWS LOG”, along with several other tie in/shark paperbacks from the era. My books are bagged individually.

Toys, Games and Kits:

The storage of these items of memorabilia is a minefield, rare kits, ceramics, pendants etc sit alongside less rare items, I choose to store these items quite randomly concentrating on saving space but of course assuring rarer items aren’t crushed or damaged. I also store various VHS editions of JAWS with these larger items.

LPs and Laserdiscs:

One of the easiest storage options, an aluminium album case is ideal for housing not only worldwide variations of the JAWS soundtrack, but also the unboxed Laserdisc sets, the larger Signature Editions are stored separately.

Worldwide Posters/FOH Stills/Oversised Promo Materials:

I find large toughened card envelopes provide good storage for my range of folded posters, lobbies etc, whilst tough card tubes protect the rolled posters.
Oddly enough I don’t currently display any JAWS posters at home, but this is likely to change in the near future once home improvements finish and I may also need to refer to my worldwide posters for a totally different reason but more of that at a future date*.

* this was in reference to the JAWS Exhibition which eventually took place in August 2008.

Those special items:

Gifts from JAWS fans and film crew alike come in all shapes and sizes… The Chrissie Arm prop from Greg Nicotero, a chunk of the Orca 2’s fibreglass hull from Lynn and Susan Murphy, a chunk of the Spielberg Cabin from Dana… these and more unique items don’t currently have a special box of their own (perhaps they should), and I store the more unique items like everything else, safe but with an eye for storage space.

Many larger items in my collection are stored at my brother’s place so this really is only a peek at my collection but I thought it’d be fun to record the move and share, I hope you enjoyed taking a look in the crates.

I’ve dedicated this thread to Wullie, he used to love talking JAWS collecting and I know he’d have appreciated such a thread.

(18/11/2008)

Well it’s almost a year since we lost our good friend Wullie. Wul was only 42 when he died suddenly, hailing from Scotland he was a fellow JAWS collector and good and generous friend, he’d often ask me for collecting advice and offer to stir clear of an ebay auction if he knew one of the regulars wanted an item, I told his family that I would be including a number of items from the man’s collection in my JAWS exhibition this year in his memory as it was something I wanted to do.
Sadly Wul was one of the JAWS gents I never got to meet in person, I will be up in Scotland for a wedding next Summer and had the man still been with us then I believe that would have been opportunity I wished for but sadly it is not to be, this one was for you Wul, you’re missed mate.

Ed

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