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Highlights of the Peter Benchley Collection at BU

Long-time Forum regular Dana Goudreault visited the Gottlieb Research Center at Boston University and got to check out the Peter Benchley Collection there. Dana went there with Jim Beller, webmaster of JAWScollector.com. Here’s some pictures of what they saw in the Benchley collection.

Dana said, “Here are a couple pics from the Peter Benchley collection at the Gottlieb Research Center at BU. Jim and I paid a visit yesterday and enjoyed ourselves for nearly four hours, browsing through the history of the making of JAWS in a way that transported you back to the good ol’ days like never before. I encourage anyone and everyone to contact the center and arrange a visit when you’re in the Greater Boston area.”

A special thanks to Dana and Jim for sharing these pictures!

JAWS in 30 Seconds With Bunnies

This has been out for a while, but new visitors to the site likely have not seen it. Flash animator Jennifer Shaiman started out with The Exorcist in 30 Seconds with Bunnies in 2005 and it became on online phenomenon. More “Bunnies” shorts followed, including our favorite movie, JAWS. We tried VERY hard to be able to interview Jennifer for TSISW and to put a clip of the short in the documentary, but it unfortunately did not work out. Check out the short below:

You can also view the short (and many more) on Jennifer’s site, Angry Alien Productions.

Shark Man of Montauk

It’s been a couple weeks since Frank Mundus (an inspiration for Quint) has passed away, but I found an interesting retrospective article about him and his book, Captain Frank Mundus, Shark Man: Master Hunter of the Deep. Here’s what the post author had to say about the book:

“That book was full of tales of Mundus as a youth, learning to fish off Long Island, getting in scrapes with the sea and its sometimes dangerous denizens. Deep dark, cold waters is where Mundus explored his limits and that of the beasts he sought. Shark Man was a book I read over and over again. I think the last time I picked it up was when I was 15 or 16. This was tales of danger and excitement, this book excited my imagination and got me wishing I was out there, hard living and hard playing (I know I was just 7, but you have to appreciate I had a vivid imagination.)”.

You can read the full article here.

Check out Frank Mundus’ autobiograpy:

Fifty Years A Hooker (great title!)


Jaws, Raiders Among Empire’s Top 500

Several Spielberg films made Empire Magazine’s Top 500 films of all time.  The list was compiled from numerous film critics, film makers, and film fans from across the country sending in there top 10 favorite film titles.  Though some were questionable, such as how The Thin Red Line could be so far up ahead of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, others were dead on.  Two of Spielberg’s films made the top 5, with Jaws placing fifth and Raiders of the Lost Ark placing 2nd, beaten only by his friend Francis Ford Copolla’s The Godfather, which was a no-brainer.

Other Spielberg films to make the list included all three Indiana Jones sequels, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and ET.  Other Spielberg-produced films made the list, including the first two Back to the Future films, Men in Black, and Gremlins.

Full Story at Empireonline

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!

I found the cheapest price for the costume here:

http://www.maxcostumes.com/p-18131-shark-attack-adult-costume.aspx

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 …

JAWS Lost Interviews from the 1970s

Lost Interviews from the 70s

by Dan Ward/Jake Gove

‘New England Our Way’ TV show (1974)

Thanks to Dan Ward for providing a copy of the 1974 TV program New England Our Way. The program is a fascinating look some at the key people involved with JAWS before it was released. It contains interviews with the “big three” of Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw, Steven Spielberg, and Martha’s Vineyard local Craig Kingsbury, who played Ben Gardner. Check out the video clips below:

Please note: Windows Media Player 7.0 is required to view these clips. More info about the player can be found at http://www.windowsmedia.com


Robert Shaw (Quint) discusses filming his death scene.
Shaw on Death Scene

Robert Shaw on what he does between shots to alleviate boredom.
Shaw on Boredom

Roy Scheider (Brody) on the “time it takes for takes”.
Scheider on Takes

Richard Dreyfuss (Hooper), talks about his performance in JAWS.
Dreyfuss on Acting

All That JAWS – JAWS Parody Film

Way back in 1988, TSISW’s Michael Roddy and Erik Hollander as well as Chuck Gramling made a hilarious parody of JAWS called All That JAWS. Check out the trailer below:

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.

NoFest – JAWS Fans Recreate Beach Party Scene

In 2006, a group of JAWS fans returned to Amity (Martha’s Vineyard) for another celebration of JAWS. There wasn’t an official JAWSFest in 2006, so the gathering was dubbed “NoFest” instead. One of the
things we did was try to recreate the opening beach scene from JAWS. Photo taken and photoshopping done by Erik Hollander (click for full size version):

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