Watch: The Discarded Image's Video Essay on 'Jaws' Beach Scene

April 17, 2015
Source: Vimeo

Jaws Beach Scene

Think you know everything about Steven Spielberg's style? Think again. We've already seen and posted a shot-by-shot analysis of Jaws before (view that one here), but this latest one breaks down and analyzes the filmmaking techniques Spielberg used in one particular scene in his shark thriller classic Jaws (released in 1975). Specifically, Julian Palmer takes a look at the early beach attack scene in Jaws, where the young boy gets eaten. It's a detailed analysis (perhaps over-analysis) but includes very intelligent references that will allow anyone to understand how beautifully this scene is crafted, and just how talented Spielberg really is. There's always more to learn about filmmaking techniques from films old and new, so always keep watching.

Narrated & directed by Julian Palmer, for 1848 Media (@1848Media), found via FSR. The introduction: "Welcome to The Discarded Image. A new online video series that analyses and deconstructs well known pieces of cinema. In this episode we look at the beach scene from Steven Spielberg's pop classic Jaws." The credits in the video and on Vimeo feature the list of films referenced, however it's quite self-explanatory and easily understandable just by watching. You can see another look at the making of Spielberg's Jaws in the Inside Jaws filmumentary, or catch another shot-by-shot analysis of the entire film here. Hopefully we'll see more from The Discarded Image soon, as I like his intense focus on breaking down just one particular scene.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


I found this interesting. JAWS is always relevant.

DAVIDPD on Apr 17, 2015


Good question. I think Spielberg is extremely conscious about everything he does, whether it be a one-shot, a jump, a zoom, or a pan. Before his first movie came out, he was a very well-educated film student.

TheOct8pus on Apr 20, 2015

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