I remember when Steven Spielberg's Jaws first hit DVD, and one of the supplemental materials was a fantastic one-hour "making of" documentary that all the shark nerds were trashing. Why trashing? Because the doco was originally over two hours in length, but was trimmed in half for the DVD release. And then, five years later, Universal unleashed a 30th Anniversary Edition of Jaws that contained the entire documentary ... and it was good. (Very good, actually.)

But apparently not good enough for one particularly passionate group of Jaws fanatics, so after spending some time at the 30th Anniversary celebration at Marth'a Vineyard last year, they went out and decided to make their own Jaws documentary. And not only is the flick almost finished, but it's reported to clock in at about 3 hours in length! Yowza! What could a bunch of Jaws junkies use to fill three whole doco hours? How about interviews with everyone from Spielberg and Roy Scheider to Richard Dreyfuss and John Williams? And the list doesn't end there: Powered only by a professional attitude and a ridiculosuly passionate affection for Jaws (and believe me, I can relate), the filmmakers also got to score interviews with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck, production designer Joe Alves, FX guru Roy Arbogast, cinematographer Bill Butler, and the late author Peter Benchley. Oh, and about a dozen more folks who did some work on Jaws or one of the sequels, either in front of or behind the camera. Also included are Jaws parodies, memories and amusing pop culture references, as well as input from young filmmakers like Bryan Singer, Eli Roth and Robert Rodriguez.

Sound like a documentary that you'd enjoy checking out? Me freakin' too! The title is The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws, and I can't wait to get my shark-lovin' fingers on a copy of the flick! Check out the official site to get a taste of what a bunch of serious-minded fans can pull off when they decided to hit STOP on the DVD player and turn their passion into something nifty.

Having said all that, I'd now like to formally announce production on my feature-length 1941 documentary.
categories Features, Movies, Cinematical