After the movie came out, you never wanted to go in the ocean again. Such was the impact
Jaws had with its original 1975 release. It was Steven Spielberg's second feature film and would go on to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Coinciding with the film's Blu-ray release on August 14th is the release of this expanded--and only--book about the actual making of the film. Carl Gottlieb, the co-screenwriter of
Jaws and a close confidant of Spielberg himself, writes about the production of that groundbreaking movie.
A 22-page section features behind-the-scenes photographs of the main actors on the set and more candid shots of them in repose. "Bruce," the hapless white shark robot, is discussed
(it refused to work initially) as are the remarkable makeup techniques used during the filming.
If you were scared by Jaws, this may help lessen your terror. Food,
lodging and other non-threatening logistics are discussed; dealing with the weather and how to make a mechanical shark work are all brought into focus.
After reading this, you'll understand how they did what they did, but you still
might not want to go back in the water.