Unseen behind-the-scenes photos show Steven Spielberg’s 25ft mechanical shark during filming of Jaws

0
45

What Jaws looked like from the other side: Unseen behind-the-scenes photos show Steven Spielberg’s 25ft wooden mechanical shark during filming of 1975 classic off Martha’s Vineyard

  • The colour photographs were taken by script supervisor Charlise Bryant on the set of the 1975 film
  • They show the inner workings of the shark nicknamed Bruce as well as Steven Spielberg, cast and crew
  • The snaps are being sold by Bryant’s family and are expected to sell for as much as £3,700 at auction 

Advertisement

Rare behind-the-scenes photographs taken on the set of Jaws have surfaced 45 years after the classic film was released.

The colour snaps were taken by Charlsie Bryant, the script supervisor for the 1975 film, and they have been in her family ever since.

Many of her photos show the huge rubber shark out of the water between shots.

Rare behind-the-scenes photographs taken on the set of Jaws have surfaced 45 years after the classic film was released, including the hydraulic rig carrying the great white shark

The colour snaps were taken by Charlie Bryant, the script supervisor for the 1975 film, and they have been in her family ever since

The colour snaps were taken by Charlie Bryant, the script supervisor for the 1975 film, and they have been in her family ever since

Many of her photos show the huge rubber shark out of the water between shots as they made the classic horror film

Many of her photos show the huge rubber shark out of the water between shots as they made the classic horror film

Director Steven Spielberg watches over his film crew as a man bravely stands on the terrifying great white shark in the background

Director Steven Spielberg watches over his film crew as a man bravely stands on the terrifying great white shark in the background

The 25ft long model, which the cast and crew affectionately named Bruce, is seen with all of his mechanical parts on show.

Other shots feature director Steven Spielberg and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, and Robert Shaw.

The pictures come in a brown faux leather photo album and were taken off the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, US.

They have been consigned to sale with auctioneers Bonhams who are expecting offers of up to £3,700.

A candid shot shows the set for one of the last scenes of the film when the great white shark eats Quint, the local professional shark hunter

A candid shot shows the set for one of the last scenes of the film when the great white shark eats Quint, the local professional shark hunter

One of the three hydraulic sharks used in the filming is seen in the water near a boat during production of the iconic film

One of the three hydraulic sharks used in the filming is seen in the water near a boat during production of the iconic film

The pictures come in a brown faux leather photo album and were taken off the island of Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts, US

The pictures come in a brown faux leather photo album and were taken off the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, US

The pictures include candid shots of Spielberg stood on a boat with no shirt on while a crew member can be seen in the background wrestling with the rubber shark in the water to move it into position.

Another shows him directing a scene from the water the while a camera man balances on the end of a wooden plank to film the thrilling final scenes of the movie.

Bruce, the mechanical shark named after Spielberg’s lawyer, features prominently both in and out of the water.

In one snap he is seen being carried out a wooden pallet with his mechanics exposed.

The pictures have been consigned to sale with auctioneers Bonhams who are expecting offers of up to £3,700

The pictures have been consigned to sale with auctioneers Bonhams who are expecting offers of up to £3,700

A photo shows the view of Martha's Vineyard which was the set for the fictional Amity Island where the shark was attacking locals

A photo shows the view of Martha’s Vineyard which was the set for the fictional Amity Island where the shark was attacking locals

The studio's power lines dangled dangerously above the water as they filmed at sea for the 1975 blockbuster

The studio’s power lines dangled dangerously above the water as they filmed at sea for the 1975 blockbuster

Jaws: A watershed moment in film history 

The 1975 release of the classic thriller Jaws is regarded by some as a watershed moment in film history.

The film follows a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman as they set out to stop a great white shark terrorising the small island community of Amity.

It became the highest-grossing film of all time and was the most successful motion picture of all time until Star Wars. Adjusted for inflation, it currently stands at seven on the all time top grossing list. Gone With The Wind is top.

The film, often cited as one of the greatest of all time, has spawned a number of memorable quotes, including Broady’s line ‘You’re going to need a bigger boat’.

It also helped to establish a model followed by Hollywood for years after, which sees a blockbuster action film with a ‘high-concept’ premise released in the summer with heavy advertising.

 

Advertisement

He is also seen mounted on top of a metal arm which allowed the shark to move menacingly and realistically.

All the photos measure 3.5ins by 4.5ins and remain in fantastic original condition.

They are being sold by by Mrs Bryant’s family.

Caren Roberts, from Bonhams, said: ‘These Jaws behind-the-scenes photos are fantastic.

‘They come from the script supervisor of the film, Charlsie Bryant. Her family consigned the photo album to us.

‘The photos have never been seen or published before.

‘I think they would appeal to a whole range of buyers from Jaws fans to film history fans, science fiction fans and Spielberg fans.

‘There is also a market among museums or collectors who are interested in one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Charlsie Bryant worked with Spielberg again on the 1977 hit Close Encounters of the Third Kind after they collaborated on Jaws.

He described her as his favourite script supervisor and wanted to have her work on the comedy blockbuster 1941 which came out in 1979.

However, she passed away unexpectedly shortly before production got underway and the final movie was dedicated to her memory.

Her 30-year-career also saw her working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray.

The sale of her photographs takes place on December 11.

All the photos measure 3.5ins by 4.5ins and remain in fantastic original condition despite being taken 45 years ago

All the photos measure 3.5ins by 4.5ins and remain in fantastic original condition despite being taken 45 years ago

Roy Scheider as Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as Quint, can all be seen on the fly deck of The Orca

Roy Scheider as Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as Quint, can all be seen on the fly deck of The Orca

Charlsie Bryant worked with Spielberg again on the 1977 hit Close Encounters of the Third Kind after they collaborated on Jaws

Charlsie Bryant worked with Spielberg again on the 1977 hit Close Encounters of the Third Kind after they collaborated on Jaws

Spielberg described Bryant his favourite script supervisor and wanted to have her work on the comedy blockbuster 1941 which came out in 1979

Spielberg described Bryant his favourite script supervisor and wanted to have her work on the comedy blockbuster 1941 which came out in 1979

Bryant passed away unexpectedly shortly before production got underway on 1941 and the final movie was dedicated to her memory

Bryant passed away unexpectedly shortly before production got underway on 1941 and the final movie was dedicated to her memory

The team is seen preparing for a shot in the 1975 classic horror film in Martha's Vineyard

The team is seen preparing for a shot in the 1975 classic horror film in Martha’s Vineyard

The sale of her photographs takes place on December 11 and they are expected to sell for as much as £3,700

The sale of her photographs takes place on December 11 and they are expected to sell for as much as £3,700

Spielberg first noticed the book written by Peter Benchley on top of a large stack of papers in his producer’s office and believed it was about a dentist

Spielberg first noticed the book written by Peter Benchley on top of a large stack of papers in his producer’s office and believed it was about a dentist

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here