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Cool Videos: A wonderful deconstruction of the beach scene from Jaws

04.03.2015

There aren't too many directors who start off with their A-game right out of the gate, but Steven Spielberg is one of them. JAWS was only the young directors second (or third if you count DUEL) feature and, as we all know, it was an enormous success both commercially and critically. JAWS remains one of my favourite films and it's one that I revisit quite often so I was thrilled to stumble upon this great video-essay by 1848 Media which analyses and deconstructs the beach scene from the film.

I'm a complete sucker for this type of stuff so I can only hope that some of you are as well. I always learn something new from these types of deconstructions, or at the very least get to see how a scene unfolds through someone else's eyes. This is only the first episode of what they'll calling The Discarded Image, so I'll definitely be back when they post the second installment.

Which Spielberg film in your favourite?

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11:40AM on 04/06/2015
Jawsome.
Jawsome.
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10:49PM on 04/05/2015
Super cool. Makes me wish I was a filmmaker, it is an amazing medium to tell stories. Look at all the precision, camera usage, suspense building, and design for roughly a 15 minute scene. Awesome.
Super cool. Makes me wish I was a filmmaker, it is an amazing medium to tell stories. Look at all the precision, camera usage, suspense building, and design for roughly a 15 minute scene. Awesome.
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7:17PM on 04/04/2015

So I'm watching this video....

....which is playing at a very low level (requiring me to turn up my speakers), when all the sudden, BAM!!! Some hip-hop crap starts blasting. I'm looking all over for whatever the hell just happened, and finally find the ad had automatically started playing in the upper right-hand corner at twice the volume. So I paused it, started typing this complaint, and 30 seconds into it, the ad started playing AGAIN!

I realize the site needs advertising revenue to stay in business, but do you
....which is playing at a very low level (requiring me to turn up my speakers), when all the sudden, BAM!!! Some hip-hop crap starts blasting. I'm looking all over for whatever the hell just happened, and finally find the ad had automatically started playing in the upper right-hand corner at twice the volume. So I paused it, started typing this complaint, and 30 seconds into it, the ad started playing AGAIN!

I realize the site needs advertising revenue to stay in business, but do you think you guys could find a way to make it work better? BTW, as I was typing the last sentence, my entire screen shifted by a page (putting this off-screen) because of another ad that loaded somewhere out of sight.

Seriously.....WTF???
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7:22PM on 04/04/2015
BTW, the scripts were screwing up so badly that the video would no longer play and I couldn't make the page do anything, so I gave up and watched this video on Vimeo's site instead.
BTW, the scripts were screwing up so badly that the video would no longer play and I couldn't make the page do anything, so I gave up and watched this video on Vimeo's site instead.
4:48PM on 04/04/2015
I can watch these all day. Makes me want to make my own. Love breaking down films like this.
I can watch these all day. Makes me want to make my own. Love breaking down films like this.
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12:43PM on 04/04/2015
That was a really cool watch. Its nice to get a fresh perspective on a film that I've seen dozens of times which I champion as my favorite as well. I will definitely watch more of Julian's videos in the future.
That was a really cool watch. Its nice to get a fresh perspective on a film that I've seen dozens of times which I champion as my favorite as well. I will definitely watch more of Julian's videos in the future.
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10:39PM on 04/03/2015

Love this stuff

If anyone want to check out more videos like this I would suggest you search "Every Frame a Painting" on YouTube
If anyone want to check out more videos like this I would suggest you search "Every Frame a Painting" on YouTube
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