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The Jaws Log

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,228 ratings  ·  104 reviews
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the now-classic Steven Spielberg film, a new expanded edition, in hardcover for the first time, of one of the best "making of" books of all time.

Steven Soderbergh, Bryan Singer, Rod Lurie, John Landis, Steve Martin, and Rob Reiner are among the many filmmakers who concur, more than 30 years after its first publication, that The Jaws
Hardcover, 30th Anniversary Edition, 224 pages
Published May 25th 2005 by Newmarket Press (first published 1975)
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Len Hi Lauren - I'm sorry I missed filling out your survey. About the time you posted this, I had a cerebral aneurysm and fell of the map for a bit while …moreHi Lauren - I'm sorry I missed filling out your survey. About the time you posted this, I had a cerebral aneurysm and fell of the map for a bit while I relearned everything. I am just now re-reading this book. I hope your extended project turned out well. As a huge Jaws afficianado, I could have helped. I'm sorry. I met Joe Alvez, Dennis Prince who authored the book Designing Jaws (a high recommend), and Greg Nicotero (Walking Dead) at a special showing of Jaws when the book came out earlier this year. It was phenomenal and all three were so kind with their time.

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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

One of the best movies of all time. Finally have my hands on this. Been on the wishlist forever - but it's now available on Unlimited as well.

Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must for any Jaws fan; novel or film. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading this incredibly detailed rendition of the film making process. It's funny, clever and carries a deep insight into every step of the Jaws production - from getting the rights to novel, the difficulties overcome during shooting and all the way through to the premiere of what is now one of the most successful and famous blockbusters in the world. ...more
Jeff Miller
I like this kind of book, written from the viewpoint of someone who was actually there, and in this instance the actor and scriptwriter Carl Gottlieb. Like Bob Balaban's reflection on the making of Close Encounters, which I heartily recommend, this is a film that I really, deeply love. As I child of the 70's and a teen of the 80's of course I loved Star Wars and later Raiders, but it was these two films that had the larger, and more long term impact.

Back to the review. This is a really interest
No, this is not about a ginormous shark turd, although Steven Spielberg and his cohorts worried ginormously that their trouble-plagued production of Jaws would never be finished, would look terrible, and would possibly lay a big shark turd at the box office. The results proved otherwise, and this book is one of the choicest examples of its type: a spirited behind-the-scenes "making-of" account about the vagaries of movie production. I remember quite well how much I enjoyed reading this more than ...more
Jim Rugg
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this after rewatching Jaws recently. It's a movie I fell in love with as a kid and continue to enjoy whenever I see it. The Jaws Log is by one of the writers of the screenplay and actor in the movie, Carl Gottlieb. He worked on the movie from early in the process until its release. This book is a record of his experience. The making of Jaws and the struggles behind it are legendary. This book covers those experiences, the high-expectations the studios had for the adaptation of a very popu ...more
Laura Buechler
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, movies
This is a great book about a great movie. The making of Jaws has become a famous story, and Gottlieb does an excellent job of taking us right behind the scenes and giving us enough movie-making context to understand the technicalities discussed. It's fun to read about how the producers originally thought they could just hire an animal trainer to teach a great white shark the needed stunts; it's eye-opening to understand how much this movie changed movie-making (not to mention swimming habits) fo ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book documenting the making of my favourite film, by one who was there.
James Hartley
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fun, Goldman-esque but relating to only one movie - Jaws, of course. There´s plenty here for anyone interested in the movie, Spielberg, or Universal and the studio system in the early seventies. Of course, it was Jaws which launched the whole summer blockbuster syndrome which continues to this day and it´s fascinating to see just how controlled and planned the whole thing was - from before Benchley´s novel was even published. The fun, of course, was in how out of control everything got ...more
Jeff Kalac
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, being a rabid fan of the original novel as well as Steven Spielberg's film. As a former film student, I loved the examination of the film-making process. The inventiveness which had to be put into play in order to push against the obstacles of time, budget, and constantly-malfunctioning special effects is a true testament to the talent involved in making "Jaws," and explains why this film has become such a success. Fans of this film never seem to get enough informatio ...more
Matthew Goodwin
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I consider Jaws to be one of the greatest American films, but I discovered Gottlieb's book later in life. I love reading about the creative process - often arduous - behind making movies, and I've come to the conclusion that some of the best and well-loved movies emerged from chaotic circumstances.

Gottlieb recounts his experiences with warmth and wry humour, and I recommend The Jaws Log to all fans of the film.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a work program and really enjoyed the behind the scenes stories from the writing of the novel all the way through the wrapping of the film. The original book was written shortly after the movie debuted and this is the 25th anniversary edition, so I appreciated the updated footnotes. On the other hand, the book is still pretty out of date. Still, you literally feel like you are in the middle of the action during the filming of the movie.
Douglas Castagna
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great little book, though much of it was covered in the extras on the Jaws film and the subsequent documentaries of the movies. Nice insights and details that may not have been covered like how they got Shaw for the part and other little tidbits. Good companion to the film.
David Keep
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nostalgic treat

When Jaws came out i saw it multiple times at the movies and read this book even more. There is a nostalgic delight here even if the book is more anecdotal than technical
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many consider this the best ‘making of books of all time. I can see why...
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never seen it.
Spencer Vale
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest book about filmmaking about the greatest movie of all time
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema, non-fiction
This is a very detailed and entertaining account on the production of the masterpiece Jaws. The 30th anniversary expanded edition that I read contains long endnotes to comment upon something or update us about a certain person. I’m glad I read this on Kindle, it would have been horrible to flip back and forth in a physical book.

The author does a great job at giving us plenty of details without boring us with mere facts. There are a lot of funny anecdotes spliced between important events and eve
Dutch Leonard
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must for any fan of the movie.

Carl Gottlieb not only played newspaperman Harry Meadows in "Jaws", he also wrote huge chunks of the script, stitching the final product together as the cameras rolled. He obviously can write clearly and well, and tells the story of the making of "Jaws" in a mostly low-key and humourous fashion. He is quick to praise his colleagues, does not indulge in self-aggrandizement, and keeps things interesting throughout.

There are a few pages of black and white photos, end
Robert Craven
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First published in 1975 and revised in 2001, this is a short, but compelling read. Gottlieb was the primary scriptwriter on the movie and captures neatly how a novel, movie and blockbuster all interact in a movie phenomenon.

It's a short book but a very useful manual as well as great insight for any author or fan of the movies.

I'll be dipping into it again and again.
Paxton Holley
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good oral history of Jaws written by one of the writers who was there on set almost every day. Written and published in 1975 so the shooting of the movie was still fresh in everyone’s minds.

Also includes updates added by the author for the 30th anniversary to add further detail to certain things like the USS Indianapolis speech and filming the severed head scene in a swimming pool which were not fully covered in the original edition.
Keith Wheeler
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In depth and educational while being edge of your seat.

Great book enjoyable for any movie buff or anyone wanting to read the original books. Also informative to a lay person or a seasoned filmmaker or student worth the read.
Stephen C Dunning
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great behind the scenes look at the first Summer blockbuster

This was a fascinating and entertaining look at the production of Jaws. It was loaded with information about the production and problems faced with the making of this film.
Connor Reed
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty fascinating report on the making of the film that would have been much better if written a year or two after the film was released for a little hindsight into what people wanted to know about how the film was made.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not to be missed by fans. And the updated end notes at the back are a nice touch.
Kyle Steeves
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and harrowing, it's a proper account of the making of this classic that will have your jaw drop just as much as the movie did. Highly recommended! ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, making-of
Superb account of success against the odds, told from the inside. The story of the making of Jaws is told simply and elegantly, with more than a few juicy titbits to feast on. Recommended!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great look in the now old-school film industry and the people that shaped it
Karen Schlosberg
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great for film nerds and Jaws fans. Written with humor and experience.
John Bond
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you love the movie Jaws, which I do, this is a great anecdotal history of the film. Highly recommend.
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