You’re gonna need a bigger book shelf for this new offering from Titan Books. Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard by Matt Taylor is a massive retrospective about the filming of the classic Spielberg film. This book delves into the movie’s production like no book ever has before. This is an expanded production diary that tells what went on behind the scenes with the production and casting on Martha’s Vineyard. There is everything from vignettes of the island’s locals who participated in the filming of the show, to receipts for boats used in the movie–to say this book is exhaustive is an understatement.
This book captures what it was like to live on Martha’s Vineyard when Hollywood came to town. It seems like every resident of the island was affected in some way and most of them have their own stories and snapshots. While interviewing those people, the author tracked down plenty of their old Polaroid and Instamatic images and compiled them in this book. In fact, the ideal audience for this book is possibly residents of Martha’s Vineyard first, and fans of the movie second.
This book is loaded with photos and concept drawings that show how “Bruce” was brought to life and became a pop culture legend, and would be a great addition to your “history in film making” book collection.
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Titan Books was kind enough to send me this copy for review and now I am going to pass it on to a visitor to Cool & Collected. Just enter a comment below with your favorite Jaws trivia (go ahead and wikipedia it) and I’ll pick a random winner on Friday September 28, 2012. Make sure to include your email address in the form so that I can contact you if you are selected (U.S. addresses only please!). THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG!