Watch: Dive Deep into 'Jaws' with 33-Minute Shot by Shot Analysis
by Ethan Anderton
February 11, 2015
If you're as crazy about movies as we are, then hopefully you've seen Jaws countless times. It's a classic Steven Spielberg film that has stood the test of time and is not just one of the director's best films, but simply one of the best films ever made in general, not to mention being the first legitimate blockbuster. But for film nerds, Jaws should also serve as a lesson in nearly flawless filmmaking, and Antonios Papantoniou ha taken the time to examine nine scenes from the film as part of his "Shot by Shot" series, paying very close attention to camera angles and movements, shot types, lengths of shots, and more. Watch!
If you've got 33 minutes, this is absolutely one of those videos that's worth your time. Not only is this a thorough examination of Jaws, but also Spielberg's shooting style in general, as many of the techniques on display here can be seen in many of his other iconic films. And for those who want to skim through, here's the scene breakdown: Brody wakes up and leaves 2:10; Brody and Cassidy discover Chrissie's remnants 5:25; Brody at the office 7:55; Brody goes downtown 9:20; Shark attacks 11:20; The Town Meeting 16:35; Brody Hooper and Vaughn 22:40; Brody Hooper and Quint 27:30’ Brody and Ellen say goodbye 31:05.
Jaws is truly a masterpiece. Oddly enough, most colleges and film schools don’t teach Spielberg, just like creative writing classes don’t teach Stephen King. Yet, both Stephens are not only masters at their craft, but they are deeply influential. Interestingly, both Stevens’ best work was done when they were young and hungry (and in the latter’s case, on drugs). You can see elements of Jaws in Jurassic Park and of course, the “one shot” technique has been taken to whole new levels in Spielberg’s later work. I’m going to watch this movie again right now....
TheOct8pus on Feb 11, 2015
Fantastic find. This film should be on every film studies related course. Its a must.
Mr Chatterbox on Feb 11, 2015
SMILE BITCH! I love this.
DAVIDPD on Feb 11, 2015
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