The Jaws Log

The Jaws Log To coincide with the th anniversary of the now classic Steven Spielberg film a new expanded edition in hardcover for the first time of one of the best making of books of all time Steven Soderberg

  • Title: The Jaws Log
  • Author: Carl Gottlieb Peter Benchley
  • ISBN: 9781557046772
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the now classic Steven Spielberg film, a new expanded edition, in hardcover for the first time, of one of the best making of books of all time.Steven Soderbergh, Bryan Singer, Rod Lurie, John Landis, Steve Martin, and Rob Reiner are among the many filmmakers who concur, than 30 years after its first publication, that The JawsTo coincide with the 30th anniversary of the now classic Steven Spielberg film, a new expanded edition, in hardcover for the first time, of one of the best making of books of all time.Steven Soderbergh, Bryan Singer, Rod Lurie, John Landis, Steve Martin, and Rob Reiner are among the many filmmakers who concur, than 30 years after its first publication, that The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb deserves an enduring place as a modern classic on filmmakers and filmmaking.The only book on how 26 year old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley s 1 bestselling novel into the phenomenal movie it became, Gottlieb s chronicle of this extraordinary year long adventure was first published in 1975, generating 17 printings and selling than 2 million paperback copies Long out of print, a new, expanded paperback edition was published in 2000 to mark the movie s 25th Anniversary, featuring a 22 page behind the scenes photo album, a new afterword by Gottlieb updating readers on the fates of thefilmmakers, and an introduction by Peter Benchley.Now, on the occasion of the movie s 30th Anniversary, The Jaws Log is available for the first time in an affordably priced hardcover edition with a new foreword by the author.

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    1. I like this kind of book, written from the viewpoint of someone who was actually there, and in this instance the actor and scriptwriter Carl Gottlieb. Like Bob Balaban's reflection on the making of Close Encounters, which I heartily recommend, this is a film that I really, deeply love. As I child of the 70's and a teen of the 80's of course I loved Star Wars and later Raiders, but it was these two films that had the larger, and more long term impact. Back to the review. This is a really interest [...]

    2. No, this is not about a ginormous shark turd, although Steven Spielberg and his cohorts worried ginormously that their trouble-plagued production of Jaws would never be finished, would look terrible, and would possibly lay a big shark turd at the box office. The results proved otherwise, and this book is one of the choicest examples of its type: a spirited behind-the-scenes "making-of" account about the vagaries of movie production. I remember quite well how much I enjoyed reading this more than [...]

    3. This is a great book about a great movie. The making of Jaws has become a famous story, and Gottlieb does an excellent job of taking us right behind the scenes and giving us enough movie-making context to understand the technicalities discussed. It's fun to read about how the producers originally thought they could just hire an animal trainer to teach a great white shark the needed stunts; it's eye-opening to understand how much this movie changed movie-making (not to mention swimming habits) fo [...]

    4. I consider Jaws to be one of the greatest American films, but I discovered Gottlieb's book later in life. I love reading about the creative process - often arduous - behind making movies, and I've come to the conclusion that some of the best and well-loved movies emerged from chaotic circumstances. Gottlieb recounts his experiences with warmth and wry humour, and I recommend The Jaws Log to all fans of the film.

    5. A must for any Jaws fan; novel or film. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading this incredibly detailed rendition of the film making process. It's funny, clever and carries a deep insight into every step of the Jaws production - from getting the rights to novel, the difficulties overcome during shooting and all the way through to the premiere of what is now one of the most successful and famous blockbusters in the world.

    6. Great little book, though much of it was covered in the extras on the Jaws film and the subsequent documentaries of the movies. Nice insights and details that may not have been covered like how they got Shaw for the part and other little tidbits. Good companion to the film.

    7. With detailed look at the minutiae of film production and captivating trivia strewn all throughout the book, The Jaws Log is a delightful read, whether you're interested in the film-making process or not.Murphy's law states the following: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."I don't know where that adage originated, but after reading The Jaws Log, I'm 100% sure that's how those working on the production of the 1975 blockbuster felt. From budget overruns to hostile townsfolk on-location, dr [...]

    8. Duh-DUH. Duh-DUH. DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH! Don't go in the water! If you're like me, you consider the 1975 film Jaws to be one of the best motion pictures of all time. Before the age of CGI and various special effects, then novice director Steven Spielberg had to depend on an often irritable and uncooperative mechanical shark, underwater film footage, phenomenally well cast actors and a superb script. And the rest, they say, is cinematic history.Carl Gottlieb, one of the screenwriters on Jaw [...]

    9. I'm a huge film fan and my favourite movie is Jaws. I've devoured everything to do with Jaws in the decades I've loved the movie but for some reason this book completely eluded me until last year. Idiot.The Jaws production is well known as a trial and this is a fascinatingly intimate and detailed account written by Carl Gottlieb (screenwriter, actor, dream weaver). Huge chunks of it were completely new to me. He has a wry humour and isn't afraid to show people in their true light or shy away fro [...]

    10. For the hardcore Jaws fan, this is fun and certainly worth a read. However, after finishing this I watched the two hour documentary featured on the Jaws BluRay and essentially most of the same stories surrounding the production are told there as well, and more colorfully.​Gottlieb is an okay writer, but he tends to go off on small tangents throughout the book that are not directly relevant to the making of Jaws. Granted, he wasn't shooting for some grand literary feat, and basically the book c [...]

    11. I waited a long time for this book. It wasn't quite what I expected but I still enjoyed it. I guess I was hoping for more insight into how the actors got along with each other. The author gives great detail about how the film was made and all the frustrations they had to endure with locals, the weather and of course, 'Bruce' the shark. I just watched a DVD documentary about the making of Jaws and it complements to book well.

    12. Engagingly clever, but superficial account of the making of one of the classic thriller movies. Gottlieb thankfully isn't interested in airing any particularly dirty laundry, but I wish he had opened up a bit more into on-set relationships (such as the notoriously stormy one between Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus). On that note, I wish he had let the cast and crew speak a bit more with their own voices. In the end, it comes across as what he basically admits it is, a hurried, somewhat shallow h [...]

    13. When making a movie, most people do not really consider all the work that goes into making a film and for those that do, they understand the process can be very tedious and difficult. This book is about the enternal struggle it took to make the movie Jaws. Most famous film makers have read this book and keep it by them on set when making their movies, why? because nothing can be as bad as what took place to make this book into a movie. Everything you can imagine going wrong during the process di [...]

    14. A couple of weeks ago, had a summer sale on Kindle books, and this was one of them. Just $1.99. I'd never heard of it, but the reviews were good. While I wouldn't say that reading it was a transcendent experience, it was an entertaining one. Gottlieb was brought on as the third writer to take a whack at the script, and had a bit role as the newspaper reporter in the movie, meaning that he saw quite a bit firsthand, from pre-production through the long, long, long shoot on Martha's Vineyard in t [...]

    15. I love movies, I love movie trivia, I jumped out of my skin the first time I saw 'Jaws', and I have the utmost respect for the creative process. This book should have been right up my alley, and yet I found it somewhat of a chore to read. I kept needing to take breaks from it to read other things, so it feels like I've been slogging through this one forever. There were a few interesting yarns about the making of 'Jaws', but I found the writer's style difficult to enjoy; it seemed a little smug t [...]

    16. I enjoyed this book. Yes, I know we just had the 35th anniversary but it was while they were talking about the 35th that I heard about this book, so I requested it through ILL. There are lots of insider tidbits about the making of the movie, the struggles the cast and crew had with a long location shoot at Martha's Vinyard, and just the behind the scenes stuff that goes into making a movie.Jaws was one of those "seminal" movies for me - it was very scary without being very graphic, the suspense [...]

    17. Carl Gottlieb, co-screenwriter of "Jaws" and the actor who plays Meadows, the editor of the Amity town newspaper, wrote the original version of this book while the movie, itself, was being shot, edited, and prepared for distribution in 1974 and 1975. It's a highly entertaining account of a troubled production that nevertheless resulted in the biggest blockbuster of all time up to that point. In fact, "Jaws" more or less invented the modern blockbuster (followed by "Star Wars" in 1977, which ceme [...]

    18. As this book surrounds my favorite film, I was very excited when I found it in a used book shop. I promptly bought it and read it. However, a lot of the information covered within the book wasn't completely new to me. TV specials, special edition VHS and then later DVD extras and the like had given away much of this information. There just wasn't much that was completely new in the book I suppose I shouldn't have been so surprised, but I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more to it. Bu [...]

    19. Fantastico. Un resoconto di una precisione strabiliante di quella che fu la lunga e travagliata gestazione di uno dei film di maggiore successo della storia del cinema: "Lo squalo". Gottlieb, assunto inizialmente come attore, si trovò a contribuire a una delle revisioni della sceneggiatura, quindi i suoi racconti sono di prima mano, da testimone oculare quando non da protagonista. Se tutti sono a conoscenza di ogni singola vicissitudine che minò il percorso di Spielberg verso l'uscita nelle sa [...]

    20. It's no secret to anyone who knows me that Jaws is my favorite movie. I can't quite put into words just how much it has influenced and affected me, although I will say that I know where my deep fear of the ocean comes from (thanks for that Spielberg). I am fortunate enough to own two copies of The Jaws Log, and both have been signed by Carl Gottlieb. I have no excuse for taking as long as I have for reading this book. It is a wonderfully detailed written account of the greatest movie ever made. [...]

    21. I'm a Jaws fanatic and a huge shark fan. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to finally get my hands on a copy of this book.If you're into film making, you'll probably love it. I've always been intrigued by film making, so I enjoyed this even though I feel a good bit went over my head because the author tends to get technical. However, I did learn some new things and appreciate how difficult it was to create one of my favorite movies. There's some pretty neat facts about the movie in this book, [...]

    22. had the pleasure of meeting, talking to and listening to Carl Gottlieb at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon. He did two panels including a Jaws Film School screening with commentary. It was awesome. I picked this book up in order to get his autograph and a picture and read it during comicon as my kid played legos for hours. It is a great little book about not just behind the scenes of the filming of Jaws but also on the process of making a movie and how things worked in the industry back then. It is a sh [...]

    23. I read this when I was about ten or so, having seen the movie when I was four (nightmares galore, but that's another matter). My parents went to Martha's Vineyard in early June of 1974, and were puzzled about what was going on. Later they saw the movie opening weekend. This book accurately captures the feeling of that time, the pressure that actors, directors, producers, etc. feel and experience when making a movie. You know the phrase 'it takes a village?' Well, when it comes to movies, that is [...]

    24. This book was a joy to read and a very fast read. Jaws has always been one of my favorite films and to this day I still think it is one of the most masterfully made films I've ever seen. And as it turns out one of the more difficult films ever made, no doubt. I was hoping the author would go into more detail about the editing process and the cinematography, but that not being his area of expertise, I don't hold that against him. Movies will never be made this way again. Highly recommended.

    25. Entertaining read about the making of the film Jaws from one of the screenwriters (and actors) on the film set. A great read not only for the trivia about the film (my favorite being the story of how they got the shark that was *not* THE shark, and was displayed on a hook on a dock), but also on how movies in the mid-1970s were made. And since it was released shortly after the film was, it's funny to look at how Steven Spielberg and other figures involved are portrayed before they became the sup [...]

    26. I read the heck out of this in anticipation of the film before Summer, 1975, having read the novel in 1974, wasn't it?I was reminded listening to a forceful recommendation from director Steve Soderburg on Fresh Air with Terry Gross this week, in May 2013. Turns out he's my age, and having read Jaws Log, he cited it as one of the better "Making of" books, when there were certainly fewer of them.Highly recommended.

    27. Before there were the 'making of' series of specials on blockbuster movies. There was 'The Jaws Log'. Great insights into the hardships encountered making the movie from the films screenwriter Carl Gottlieb.This book was first published (and read by me) back in 1975, well before many of the movie's troublesome familiar stories we all know about now had been released. This is the book that started it all.

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