Jaws by Matt Taylor
Memories from Martha's Vineyard

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Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Interior Design (3 or More Color)

Bill Fischer Award Finalist for Best First Book (Nonfiction)

 

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.

 

About Matt Taylor

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Matt Taylor is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he studied early American history. He is a 15th-generation resident of Martha's Vineyard. He lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by Moonrise Media. 296 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Loaded with archival material, Taylor’s coffee table book captures the impact a major Hollywood production can have on the area in which it was filmed, as well as the people who live there.

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It was only a mile or two off SouthBeach, where hundreds of people were swimming, and Tommy would just circle this whale carcass in his boat all day long, keeping boaters and people who wanted to see the shark away.

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Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Interior Design (3 or More Color)Bill Fischer Award Finalist for Best First Book (Nonfiction) 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 Vineyar...

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Featuring the incredible photographs of these amateur and professional photographers – along with memories fondly recollected – this new, expanded edition published by Titan Books features 16 additional pages of never-before-seen material.

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He and his wife Trish published their book “The Gardener,” a horror novel that is a throwback to the slasher films of the 80’s in 2011 and he is working on a collection of short horror stories When he isn’t reviewing movies and books or doing interviews for Horrornews.net he has been known to act...

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