Jaws As An Educational Film.
Around this time each year, the husband likes to watch Jaws. When we do sit down to watch Bruce and the gang, I like to watch with an eye towards particular aspects of film-making. This year, I watched how the story mechanics (exposition, character introductions and plot delivery) were accomplished.
- Morning, Mr. and Mrs. Brody in their bedroom: The audience learns that Brody is the chief of police, and moved to the island about nine months ago. They are outsiders on Amity.
- Chrissy's severed arm, pictures in shark books, various other scenes: Sharks are scary.
- Day, Brody in parade and general store: Brody's usual problems are small town problems. Amity is a tourist town, and the tourists are coming soon.
- Day, Brody, the Mayor and others on the ferry: The Mayor is the pushy head honcho of the town.
- Night, Denherder and Charlie on the docks: Sharks are scary, and humans have no idea what's going on underneath the surface of the water.
- Day, Hooper introduction (and later the Tiger Shark) at the Harbor: Hooper is a shark expert, but he's out of place in Amity.
- Day, Brody, Hooper and Quint in Quint's boathouse: Quint knows his sharks. Also, Quint is crazy.
That's all I've got for now. The script (supported by directing and acting, of course) gave the audience a ton of information about the setting and characters in a subtle and entertaining way.