Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard

Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard

by Matt Taylor


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The filming of the blockbuster film 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781163023
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 334,933
Product dimensions: 11.98(w) x 10.36(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Matt Taylor is a fifteenth-generation resident of Matha's Vineyard. Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard, his first publication, is the culmination of a lifelong passion for art, film and New England history.

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“An astonishing behind-the-scenes anthology of pictures, recollections, and anecdotes.”  —Steven Spielberg, director, Jaws

“A gorgeously produced coffee table book; much more than a mere series of pretty stills, Taylor’s work ambitiously offers what amounts to a nearly scene-by-scene accounting of the making of one of history’s most-beloved films.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“You'll spend hours picking through beautifully written stories, quotes, and captions for behind-the-scenes tidbits you won't learn anywhere else.”  —Field & Stream

“Taylor's remarkable book is an exhaustive, no-stone unturned, absolutely un-put-downable saga of the shoot that took over the island and the lives of its denizens. If you're a fan of moviemaking in general or Jaws in particular, you absolutely cannot be without this book.”  —Michael Gingold, managing editor, Fangoria magazine

“A book that even the biggest Jaws-a-holic among us (and there are plenty) will drop everything for.”  —Yankee magazine

“The book is chock full of anecdotes and is bursting with more than 1000 pix shot by residents that have never been seen before. This behind-the-scenes beauty is an absolute must have.”  —Michael Rogers, LibraryJournal.com

“The original 'summer blockbuster' has now been given a gorgeous, colorful treatment in Matt Taylor’s tome Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard. Gorgeous to look at, informative and enlightening to read, and surely a pleasure to revisit in the years to come. Unbelievably recommended.”  —Andy Dursin, Film Score Monthly

“It is charming and as handsome and thorough as any book about a film production could hope to be.”  —Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

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Jaws 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
You’re going to need a bigger coffee table. Now this is a cool way to do a “making-of” book. Instead of interviewing the stars, the director, or following the studio’s lead concerning the production, this book pulls it’s info from eyewitness account from all the people who lived on Martha’s Vineyard during the filming of Jaws. It turns out that virtually all of the island’s small community was involved, or at least affected by, the filming of the blockbuster classic. What’s especially of interest to any Jaws fan, is the unprecedented access this allows into the making of such an important movie. There are hundreds of photos in here, none of which I have ever seen before. Many stories I had never heard and anecdotes from the real people who were there. I found it fascinating to hear about islander’s impressions of the lead actors, the film’s strangely young new director, or the constant circus a Hollywood production brought to the humble community. I’ve read a number of behind-the-scenes books, but this one is unique, and definitely one to be treasured by fans of the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago