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Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss
While the movie "Jaws" kept us on the edge of our seats with fear, behind-the-scenes things didn't look nearly as tense! The stars of the film, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard
Dreyfuss share a laugh with Steven Spielberg as he directs them in a scene of a movie on the boat, "Orca."Photo: Universal Studios/Getty Images.
If you still have nightmares about "Jaws," you're not alone -- but this silly shot might help alleviate them! Steven Spielberg put himself right in the belly of the beast so to speak as he
goofed off on set. Spielberg is pictured lounging inside the mouth of the mechanical great white shark, nicknamed "Bruce" in the 1975 movie. AP Photo
Robert Shaw and Jaws
"You're gonna need a bigger boat," indeed! Robert Shaw, who plays shark hunter Quint, is pictured standing above the massive mechanical shark while shooting a scene of the movie.
The filmmakers had difficulty throughout production and went over budget because many of the mechanical sharks kept malfunctioning. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
“Richie Helmer touches up the shark.”
Boat operator Charlie Blair confirmed to author Matt Taylor that Bruce’s upkeep was basically a 24-hour job. Bruce’s technical snafus were one of the main reasons for the film’s drastic
delays and overwhelming budget. Edith Blake/Courtesy of Moonrise Media
An underwater view shows the terrifying, albeit the mechanical, great white shark from "Jaws." Anonymous/AP Photo
Kathleen Carroll and Robert Shaw
New York Daily News reporter Kathleen Carroll got an on-set interview with Robert Shaw during the filming of "Jaws." In her interview from June 21, 197 she wrote, "Spielberg had
paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms (a black fin, in the water, for instance, that is eventually
exposed as a bathing cap), and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks." Louis Goldman/New York Daily News
Roy Scheider, who plays chief Martin Brody, stands on top of the boat, "Orca," while crew members get ready to film a scene of "Jaws."Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Steven Spielberg and his camera crew
Steven Spielberg wasn't afraid to get his hand dirty -- or wet,rather -- when filming his 1975 blockbuster, "Jaws." He is pictured here with his camera crew braving the waters in Martha’s
Vineyard to shoot a scene from his film. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
“Panicking on State Beach.”
Alves and Spielberg avoided using the color red throughout the film as much as possible, since they wanted the bloody attack scenes to stand out and be a bigger shock for audiences.
It worked — especially during this scene, which was shot with blood still in the water. Lee Fierro played the mother of the boy on the raft who gets devoured. She told author Matt
Taylor, “They filmed the attack shots the same day they filmed the parents running down to the edge of the water, so that there would actually be blood floating around as everybody
gathered their children.” The Vineyard’s tourist season was set to kick off near the end of filming, so getting the crowd scenes shot in time was crucial. Jackie Baer/Courtesy of
A group of extras are filmed running out of the ocean in a panic during a shark attack scene in "Jaws." Archive Photos/Getty Images
Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss
Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss are pictured next to a hanging shark carcass while shooting a scene of "Jaws." AP Photo
Richard Dryfuss is all smiles on the set of "Jaws" as he straps on scuba gear and stands in a cage in the water. Something tells us that his character, marine biologist Matt Hooper,
would not have found the same scenario quite as amusing! Archive Photos/Getty Images
“Shark mauls Ted Grossman.”
Ted Grossman was a professional stuntman who coordinated Jaws’ death-defying scenes. He’s credited as “estuary victim,” since he’s the guy whose leg was torn off and seen sinking
in the lagoon. Grossman’s other glamorous duties included fetching a dead, 900-pound shark for filming. Edith Blake/Courtesy of Moonrise Media
This is a great shot of one of the platform sharks. Edith Blake/Courtesy of Moonrise Media
In this classic, three determined men fight to destroy a killer shark that's prowling the waters off Amity Island.
Co-producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown on the water during fiming.
The film used a barely functional shark in Cow Bay during the filming on Martha's Vineyard.
A swimmer, played by Ted Grossman, is attacked by a killer shark within view of children as a companion tries to save him.
Richard D. Zanuck produced the record-setting film with David Brown.Universal Studios
Esteben Spielberg behind the scenes during the making of Jaws.
What is left of the "Orka," the boat featured in the filming of Jaws, lies rotting on the shore of Menemsha Creek. Owned by Lynn Murphy, the boat has been picked apart by souvineer
scavengers over the years. Several "Orkas" were used in the filming of the movie, but only one remains on the island. This one was used in the sinking scene where Quint was eaten by
Characters Mike Brody and Kathryn Morgan gasp for air while searching underwater for the killer shark.
Cindy Grover is knocked overboard when a great white attacks and frantically tries to swin to shore.
Spielberg (centre), producer Richard Zanuck (red shorts) and actor Roy Scheider (at rear) soak up the sun and ride the waves in between takes.
Photograph: Ronal Grant Archive
Crew filming the famous dolly zoom scene with Roy Scheider (sitting on the right of picture).
The system of hydraulics are revealed under the mechanical shark as it is hoisted from the water.
Characters Quint, Chief of Police Brody, and Matt Hooper try to wrangle the shark.
“Clay model sculpted by Joe Alves.”
These clay models of Bruce were the template for Mattey’s mechanical construction. Alves explained to Taylor:
“We had to decide how big the shark was going to be, so I started by drawing a 20-foot shark, then a 30-foot shark. The 30-foot shark seemed too big, and the 20-foot shark seemed too
small. I had originally wanted to make the proportions of a twelve-and-a-half footer, then double the size. That’s how I wound up with 25 feet, which was credible.” Joe Alves/Courtesy of
“Inside Bob Mattey’s machine shop.”
Several sharks’ jaws were loaned to the crew by San Francisco’s Steinhart Aquarium. They were essential in creating realistic and terrifying details. oe Alves/Courtesy of Moonrise
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