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Shark Attack Costume

Looking for a unique costume? Something shark-related or Jaws-related for Halloween this year?  Check this out — it’s a shark attack costume!

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The Visual Language of JAWS – JAWS Shot by Shot

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 Hollywood’s marketing machines.

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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 it’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 it’s been compared to Melville’s Moby Dick, I don’t recall Dick giving people true fear. What Hitch did with Psycho and shower curtains, Spielberg to this day makes me think of what’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 ‘page a minute’ sticklers. How would you have shot this? How many cuts? You know the drill. Read the quick passage from the script and then let’s have a look at it, shot by shot:

See the shot by shot analysis at Cineobscure …

Kevin Smith JAWS References

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is a well-known JAWS fan and as a result, put JAWS references into several of his films.  His next film is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, to be released on October 31, 2008. Maybe he put a JAWS reference in that as well …

Clerks: Randal saying “Salsa Shark … We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” was also said by Brody in Jaws “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”

Mallrats: Brody… The name Brody is also the name of the police chief in Jaws.

Mallrats: TS Quint… Quint is the name of the skipper in Jaws.

Chasing Amy: Hooper X… Matt Hooper is the name of Richard Dreyfuss’ character in Jaws.

Chasing Amy: The conversation between Banky and Alyssa in Meow Mix about “permanent injuries” is almost exactly the same conversation between Matt Hooper and Quint in Jaws.  The scene was also shot to look like the scene in Jaws.

Dogma(filmed but cut from the movie): During the scene where the main characters are trying to talk Cardinal Glick out of having the ceremony, Jay goes behind a changing screen and moves the Cardinal’s hat like a shark fin.

Jersey Girl: Kevin tried to license a clip of Jaws – the shot where Quint gets eaten, but was denied use of the clip.

Climate change ‘may save’ grey nurse shark

Conservationists fear Australia’s grey nurse shark could become extinct by 2050 but, according to a group of leading shark scientists, global warming could help save them.

Scientists have predicted that a rise in sea temperature could be good for the grey nurse shark and save it from extinction.

“This is probably one of those one in a hundred examples where climate change may actually be somewhat beneficial for this particular species,” University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw said.

Australia has two grey nurse shark populations: one off the east coast – ranked as critically endangered – and one off the west coast, categorised as vulnerable.

Scientists believe the two groups have been isolated from one another for more than 100,000 years.

Read the full story at ABC News Australia

2008 on track to break ‘Year of Shark’ record

The morning sun shone off the incoming surf like the reflection of a mirror, giving no hint of what swims beneath the surface.

But New Smyrna Beach resident Tim Baker believes avoiding a potentially painful encounter with a swimming set of teeth can be as simple as paying attention.

“I stay away from bait balls and diving birds,” the 38-year-old wave rider said while watching the rollers lap the shore recently.

And, if conditions aren’t to his liking, “I will go elsewhere.”

Not everyone is as observant or concerned, which might explain some of Volusia County’s 22 shark bites this year, tying the record of 22 shark/human encounters set during 2001’s “Year of the Shark.”

A Tennessee visitor became the 22nd victim of 2008 while swimming Sunday off the beach in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

But, why this year has equaled the record is something no one has been able to quantify.

“There is nothing that corresponds,” Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. “The conditions are no different than in 2000 or 2007.

“There is no rhyme or reason,” he said.

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, would agree.

If one looks at human population growth, logic would dictate as more people venture into coastal waters, the number of bites would grow annually, but the data does not always support that.

“There are variations,” Burgess said.

Bad weather or the down economy can result in fewer tourists, thus fewer people in the water. There are also conditions affecting sharks. For example changes in ocean conditions or resource management practices that have allowed species like black tips, which frequent Volusia surf zones, to increase in number, may be part of the equation. And while differences arise year to year, a comparison of decade to decade shows the growth rate of bites tends to mirror the growth of human population in a particular area, he said.

“They are all factors that come into play,” Burgess said, adding more people and more sharks increase bite odds. “It is like buying 100 lottery tickets instead of just one.”

Peterson said one commonality he has found between 2001 and 2008 was the higher than normal number of human-shark encounters during the month of April. In 2001, 10 people were bitten between April 5 and April 28 — three on April 12 alone. This year, six people were attacked between April 3 and 28. Most years, he said, April sees only two or three interactions.

But he can only speculate on the cause.

“Maybe the baitfish came in early,” he said. “Or the surf may have been good in April.

One obvious difference between 2001 and 2008 has been the news coverage generated by such attacks. Seven years ago, national media lined the beaches in a feeding frenzy of activity, particularly after that fateful day in April. However, this year a story of sharks in Volusia County was on front pages of newspapers worldwide because of a quick-fingered photographer who was able to snap an image of a jumping shark caught in midair amid a group of waterbound surfers.

“That has not dampened business,” said Steve Dennis, executive vice president of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

Lake Mary surfer Jason Donaldson, 35, isn’t going to let the possibility of a shark encounter stop him from enjoying the sport he has participated in for the last 15 years.

“The sharks (out here) aren’t big enough to hurt you yet,” he said.

(via News Journal Online)

A Much Gorier Death for Quint [YouTube]

More editing fun from YouTube, this clip features and extended, gorier, version of Quint’s death:

Whale Shark in Atlantis Hotel to be Released

Dubai:  A whale shark rescued off the coast of Jebel Ali and placed in the Palm Jumeirah Atlantis hotel aquarium will eventually be tagged and released, Gulf News has learnt.

Atlantis announced the capture of the juvenile whale shark recently which was found in shallow waters, fatigued and disorientated. The 4 metre long whale shark has been placed in the 11 million litre Ambassador Lagoon – one of the biggest aquariums in the world.

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

According to Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, environmental advisor with the Emirates Diving Association, the whale shark will offer great opportunities for learning and awareness but should not be kept in the aquarium long term.

“It should be released as soon as possible. Atlantis have plans to tag it and let it go. Stone structures and ornaments were removed from the aquarium to give it some space. It is a good thing that we have experts now that can handle situations like this,” he said.

Al Zu’bi added that previously the Emirates Environment Association (EDA) received many calls about whale sharks that get disorientated and find their way to the Arabian Gulf.  “Not much is known about whale sharks by the way so this will raise awareness for the fish. It is protected by CITES (Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species) so the hotel should inform them of the whale shark,” he said.

Due to the high sea temperature and salinity of the water where the whale shark was found, the decision was made to transport the whale shark to Atlantis, The Palm for medical care and observation. A custom-made transport unit with a highly advanced marine life transport system was used to ensure the safety and well-being of the animal.

Since the arrival of the whale shark, the animal has been monitored 24 hours a day, including gathering extensive data apparently on swim patterns, feeding and behaviours.  The Fish Husbandry team is in constant contact with experts in the whale shark community sharing data and behaviours.  The health and well-being of all marine life is the number one priority at Atlantis, the hotel said in a statement.

Alan Leibman, President and Managing Director of Atlantis said, “The whale shark is an animal about which little is known and we hope that we can add to the research and data that is available.  Aquariums and marine habitats have been the key to education about our oceans and the animals that live in them.  Education, conservation and research go hand in hand to benefit all marine life.”

It is unknown how long Atlantis plan to keep the whale shark for.


Frank Mundus, Inspiration for Quint, has died

Frank Mundus

Frank Mundus

From the NY Daily News:

Frank Mundus, the legendary Long Island shark hunter widely credited as the inspiration for the crotchety skipper in “Jaws,” has died in Hawaii. He was 82.

Known as Monster Man, Mundus caught an untold number of sharks in the waters off Montauk since he began fishing there on his boat, the Cricket, in the early 1950s.

“It’s definitely the end of an era,” Mundus’ boat mate for the past four years, Capt. Rick Freda, told the News. “Frank was definitely a legend and he’ll really be missed among all the fishermen.”

The colorful skipper caught a 3,427-pound great white in 1986, breaking the record for the heaviest fish ever caught with a rod and reel.

Mundus also claims to have harpooned a 4,500-pound great white in 1964.

It was that fish, Mundus claimed, that led his friend Peter Benchley to pen the novel “Jaws,” in which a salty shark hunter named Quint is hired to kill a colossal great white. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1975.

Among the oddest things Mundus has said he found inside a shark’s stomach were a rabbit and one of his own business cards, which had been tossed in a can of chum.

Mundus, who always wore a shark tooth on a gold chain around his neck, retired to Hawaii in the 1990s but often returned to Montauk to fish.

He was there over the summer and caught 20 sharks in 20 days, Freda said. “He had a smile on his face as he caught the last sharks of his life,” he said.

Mundus died in a Honolulu hospital from complications of a heart attack he suffered at Kona International Airport on Sept. 6, the day he returned from New York, relatives said.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and his three daughters; Barbara, Patricia and Tammy.

Fussy Shark Spits out Surfer

Shark Attack

A SURFER was released from the jaws of a shark – because it didn’t like the TASTE of him.  Todd Murashige was in the sea in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii, when the shark bit him on the thigh. The 40-year-old said: “I didn’t see it at all. It just seemed so surreal, like it wasn’t real, just head of a shark right there in my lap. “I stuck my fingers into his mouth to try to pry him off, but I didn’t feel any teeth. I think I was grabbing onto his gums or the lip part.”

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