Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard (Expanded 2nd Edition) By Matt Taylor

For my generation, this movie is one that has stayed with us over time.  One that still, to this day, puts fear into me when I paddle out.  One, that if you hear John Williams tell-tale music, makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

The filming of the blockbuster movie Jaws is regarded as a landmark event in both the history of motion pictures and the quaint New England island of Martha’s Vineyard, where the geographic isolation necessitated the hiring of hundreds of locals to work as actors and laborers. Among this virtual army of hometown participants were numerous professional and amateur photographers, each with full access to the production’s inner workings—for the first time ever this compiles their behind-the-scenes photographs and stories into a treasure trove of Jaws rarities. Included are a foreword by director Steven Spielberg, interviews with production designer Joe Alves, screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, location casting director Shari Rhodes, and more, providing an unprecedented all-access pass to the creation of some of the most memorable and terrifying scenes in film history. This unique compendium is the first to focus on the production’s local participants, telling their stories at last.

This oversized coffee table book is a MUST-HAVE for the legions of fans who have fallen in love or fear of this film.  The photos and stories enclosed give a unique insight on the production’s many local participants on one of histories most recognized films.

1974 Steven Spielberg on site in Martha’s Vineyard

Special features include:

  • Foreword by Jaws Director, film legend, Steven Spielberg
  • Hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of the production’s inner workings, taken by local participants and bystanders, as well as a detailed account of how the filmakers chose Martha’s Vineyard as their shooting location
  • Recollections of local crew and cast members, from Lee Fierro (Mrs. Kintner) and Chris Crawford, (the real-life captain of the Orca) to Craig Kingsbury, the inspiration for Robert Shaw’s portrayal of the maniacal shark hunter Quint.
  • Newly illustrated schematics by Jaws Production Designer Joe Alves explaining the intricacies of the revolutionary  sea sled fin mechanism, as well as his original 1974 storyboards.
  • Insight on adapting Jaws from the page to the screen from Hollywood professionals including Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Location Casting Director Shari Rhodes and more.

Order your copy today and watch the official trailer below to get you in the mood.  Oh, and yes….they DEFINITELY needed a bigger boat. (sorry for the spoiler there.)

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