The Jaws Log

The Jaws Log

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by Carl Gottlieb
     
 

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Winner of three Oscars® and the highest grossing film of its time, Jaws was a phenomenon, and this is the only book on how 26-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley's #1 best-selling novel into the classic film it became.

Hired by Spielberg as a screenwriter to work with him on the set while the movie was being made, Carl Gottlieb, an

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Winner of three Oscars® and the highest grossing film of its time, Jaws was a phenomenon, and this is the only book on how 26-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley's #1 best-selling novel into the classic film it became.

Hired by Spielberg as a screenwriter to work with him on the set while the movie was being made, Carl Gottlieb, an actor and writer, was there throughout the production that starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. After filming was over, with Spielberg's cooperation, Gottlieb chronicled the extraordinary year-long adventure in The Jaws Log, which was first published in 1975, generating 17 printings and selling more than 2 million copies. This new edition includes a photo section, a new introduction by Benchley, and a lengthy afterword by Gottlieb that updates the people and events involved in the film, ultimately providing a singular portrait of a famous movie and inspired moviemaking in process.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Carl Gottlieb's The Jaws Log stands firmly at the top, easily the greatest 'making-of' book ever written." —Rod Lurie, director of The Contender and The Last Castle

"The 'making-of' story is nearly as good as the film itself…Gottlieb's behind-the-scenes account of the production is riveting." —Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

"To this day my favorite piece of 'making-of' material. It's like a little movie director bible." —Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and The Usual Suspects

-Rod Lurie
“Carl Gottlieb’s work is as entertaining as the movie it is about. In fact, you have not had the full Jaws experience until you have read, make that devoured, this wonderful book.”
—Bryan Singer
“The Jaws Log is like a little movie director bible. Whenever I’m having a bad day at work, I got back and read a chapter…and thank the Lord I’m not shooting on the ocean.”
—John Landis
“Like Jonah writing from the belly of the whale, Carl Gottlieb’s journal of the process of making Jaws comes from the unique perspective of one of the major players in the collaboration that resulted in Spielberg’s classic movie.”
Library Journal
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film that invented the summer blockbuster, Newmarket is releasing this insiders' portrait of Jaws in its first-ever hardcover. Gottlieb, who both cowrote the script with Jaws novelist Peter Benchley and appears in the film, provides a blow-by-blow account of Jaws's troubled production history-it came this close to being scrapped. Among the best "making of" titles, the anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Gottlieb, an introduction by Benchley, 22 pages of behind-the-scenes pix, and an endnotes section of updates and additional production details. Essential for all film collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Bryan Singer
"The Jaws Log is like a little movie director bible. Whenever I’m having a bad day at work, I got back and read a chapter…and thank the Lord I’m not shooting on the ocean."
Rod Lurie
"Carl Gottlieb’s work is as entertaining as the movie it is about. In fact, you have not had the full Jaws experience until you have read, make that devoured, this wonderful book."
John Landis
"Like Jonah writing from the belly of the whale, Carl Gottlieb’s journal of the process of making Jaws comes from the unique perspective of one of the major players in the collaboration that resulted in Spielberg’s classic movie."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557049582
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/14/2010
Series:
Newmarket Insider Filmbook
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Bryan Singer
“The Jaws Log is like a little movie director bible. Whenever I’m having a bad day at work, I got back and read a chapter…and thank the Lord I’m not shooting on the ocean.”
Rod Lurie
“Carl Gottlieb’s work is as entertaining as the movie it is about. In fact, you have not had the full Jaws experience until you have read, make that devoured, this wonderful book.”
John Landis
“Like Jonah writing from the belly of the whale, Carl Gottlieb’s journal of the process of making Jaws comes from the unique perspective of one of the major players in the collaboration that resulted in Spielberg’s classic movie.”

Meet the Author

CARL GOTTLIEB is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and author whose books include the bestseller Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby (with David Crosby). He lives in Hollywood, California.

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LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
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 Jaws, recounts the several years long battle not only to get this iconic movie made but also the bumps and problems encountered along the way. Particularly fascinating, in my opinion, was that with the exception of one notable scene, Jaws was shot on the ocean. Fantastic for film viewing but not so much for the overtaxed crew who had to deal with sinking boats, choppy waters, weather and passing sailboats. And remember, this was a time when movies were primarily shot at the studios (or a water tank at the studio). And that aforementioned scene? That was the infamous "Ben Gardner's head" shot with Richard Dreyfuss . . . and that scene was shot at editor Verna Fields' pool (with help from a little milk to make the water look murky). Also fun was reading about the two mechanical sharks (jovially nicknamed Bruce by Spielberg, who coined the moniker after his lawyer's first name) and the many difficulties they brought to the film set. Their problems were our reward in the end, as not seeing the shark, or only seeing quick glimpses, made it that much more frightening. Spielberg is presented in a warm and extremely creative light by Gottlieb and his longstanding tradition of never being on set for the final day of filming is explained here (and started with Jaws). Interesting to note, as well, that Spielberg was not the first choice as director and was convinced throughout much of the filming that Jaws would be dead in the water and would bury his Hollywood career (which consisted of one film up to that point). Ah, how the tides turned. The chapters on the casting of the central characters made for informative reading. Only Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn was the first choice actor cast with all others being second or lower choices. Could we really imagine anyone else but Roy Scheider as Chief Brody or, especially, anyone but Robert Shaw as the tough old Quint? Gottlieb also shares behind the scenes friction between Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, which translated well into their characters' animosity on film, as well as Shaw's well reported drinking and flying to Canada on off days to avoid taxes. And remember Roy Scheider's famous line "You're gonna need a bigger boat?" Per Gottlieb, that line wasn't scripted but was improvised by Scheider. Of particular interest is how the film was received upon release and how long it was in first run at the theaters (from June 1975 well into December 1975 - - unheard of today). In case you didn't know, Jaws was the first ever summer blockbuster, making over $100 million. Gottlieb also provides updates on many of the central characters who are still with us - - you will be happy to know that Lee Fierro (Mrs. Kintner) still resides at Martha's Vineyard and is still acting in the local theater group and Jeffrey Vorhees, who played her son, Alex Kintner, owes a sandwich shop on Martha's Vineyard that serves an Alex M. Kintner meat sandwich. I would recommend The Jaws Log to any film lover. You can't go wrong.