JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard
by Matt Taylor – Photographs Compiled by Jim Beller and Matt Taylor

“Stunning newly discovered photographs, personal memories, and encyclopedic how-they-did-it detail – there will never be another JAWS book to match it.”
-Tom Dunlop: Author, “Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha’s Vineyard”

The filming of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 megablockbuster JAWS is regarded as a landmark event in both the history of motion pictures and the quaint New England island of Martha’s Vineyard. The geographic isolation of the Island, located eight miles off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, necessitated the hiring of hundreds of locals to work as actors and laborers and to assist with the production’s groundbreaking special effects. Among this virtual army of hometown participants were numerous professional and amateur photographers, each with full access to the production’s inner workings. Now, for the first time, their behind-the-scenes photographs and stories have been compiled into a treasure trove of JAWS rarities, a one-of-a-kind collection sure to please even the most die-hard JAWS aficionados. Included are interviews with JAWS 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 motion picture history.

“JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard” is a must-have for the worldwide legions of JAWS fans who just can’t get enough of the greatest action-adventure picture of all time. Warning: You’re gonna need a bigger coffee table.

MATT TAYLOR is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he studied early American History. “JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard,” his first publication, is the culmination of a lifelong passion for art, film, and New England history. He is a fifteenth-generation resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he lives with his wife and children.
JIM BELLER began collecting JAWS memorabilia in 1975, shortly after his mother took him to see the film upon its release. His collection is the largest of its kind and can be seen at his website, JAWScollector.com. He can also be found in the forums section of TheJawsBoard.com. Jim lives in New England, not far from Martha’s Vineyard.

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