“Richie Helmer touches up the shark.”
Boat operator Charlie Blair confirmed to author Matt Taylor that Bruce’s [“Bruce the Shark” — named after Spielberg’s lawyer] upkeep was basically a 24-hour job. Bruce’s technical snafus were one of the main reasons for the film’s drastic delays and overwhelming budget.
Hollywood’s first blockbuster, Jaws was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard where hundreds of locals were hired to work as actors and laborers. Amongst the Islanders were professional and amateur photographers who captured the production’s inner operation on a daily basis. Every stage of the film has been chronicled, and the exhaustive collection is a must-have for movie buffs.