It was my birthday on Tuesday and I happened to be home when my kids were at school because –  in a stroke of lucky timing – there was an election and my workplace is used as a polling station.  I gifted myself a chunk of art time and I chose to focus on an illustration of my favourite movie, something I had been planning to do for ages but could never find the time to embark on.

My favourite movie of all time is ‘Jaws’ and it has been since I first saw it at age 8.  My tastes and preferences in all other things have evolved over the intervening decades but ‘Jaws’ has hung on in there as my favourite film.  Despite my tender years, the movie did not inspire a dread of sharks or fear of the ocean; instead it inspired a lifelong fascination with and love of sharks.  When I was wee, what I loved about the movie was the thrill and excitement of the storytelling, in my teens I realised that really it was about three very different people having to cooperate in order to defeat their adversary, and then in adulthood I appreciated that it was both of those things and more and that this blockbuster summer movie actually has a lot of nuance to it and some (pun totally intended) toothy themes.

So here is my illustration of the brave trio of scientist Hooper, Police Chief Brody, and salty old seadog Quint alongside their nemesis, the shark.

40a - Jaws - Favourite Movie

PS I took the photo before adding Quint’s name patch on his jacket. You’ll just have to trust me that it’s there now.

25 thoughts on “Jaws

  1. I have never seen the movie, except for bits and pieces. I did a book report on the book with the restriction to leave the book report with a cliff hanger to encourage other students to want to find out more. One of my classmates had seen the movie and asked a question from the movie. I don’t remember the question, but it was something that was in the movie, but not in the book.

    • I read the book when I was maybe about 12 (so a looooooong time ago now) so I don’t remember what all the differences between text and movie were but, yes, there are some major differences with regards to the ending and characters are relegated to bit parts in the movie so that the focus is on the central trio. I should read it again actually. Right now I am reading ‘Close to Shore’, a non-fiction book about the 1916 shark attacks that belongs to my 12 year old. He’s a bigger shark fanatic than I am.

      • One day I should re-read the book and watch the movie soon after to see the differences. I know some of them. I think the question was related to the ending of the movie and my reply was that’s how it ended in the book without giving away how it ended in the book.

      • It’s the way I was raised. I am linking to your Jaws post in a bit over 2 hours (8:08 PM Central Time) as your drawing and another article got me thinking of copyright issues that have nothing to do with your drawing – strange how two unrelated articles can lead me in a new direction. Since your drawing was the inspiration for the post, I felt you deserved credit for the inspiration.

      • You are welcome. The post is live now. It should have a pingback to your post. The inspiration was from my reflecting on the book report and how books and movies often have differences.

      • It was an interesting read. I hadn’t really ever thought about copyright extending differently to adaptations rather than just the original text. Those kind of reports are still happening in schools. One of my sons was assigned an essay a couple of years involving analyzing the thinking behind changes made between text and movie. He chose to compare the book and movie version of The Revenant.

      • It’s something many people don’t think about. Seen a lot of comments on social media about how rare copyright lawsuits are. They are pretty common, but usually when they are either settled or ruled on by a judge, there tends to be an agreement not to discuss the terms of the settlement.

        The same would apply if a movie was later turned into a book where the movie was old enough to be out of copyright, but the book added new elements not in the movie.

      • You are welcome.

        I am confident you think on a regular basis.

        Another big problem is when you have something like Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, etc. where some of the books are out of copyright, but others are still under copyright.

        If that’s not bad enough, you can have something in copyright in one country, but out of copyright in another country. I may be able to sell a book in the U. K. where it’s out of copyright, but couldn’t sell it in the U. S. because it’s still under copyright. Or, the reverse. Any books held by the Crown are still under copyright protection in the U. K. no matter how long ago they were written.

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  3. Happy belated birthday!! Your post reminded me fondly of an art commission I had sometime back. Clients wanted 3 different shark themed paintings. My face was “Pool Shark” which showed a shark wearing a Speedo swimsuit holding a drink while in a swimming pool. 😁 Hope your birthday was fun!

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