When I made ‘Jaws’ in 1975, if my mechanical shark was being repaired and I had to shoot something, I had to make the water scary. I relied on the audience’s imagination, aided by where I put the camera.
Today, it would be a digital shark that would never break down. As a result, I probably would have used it four times as much, which would have made the film four times less scary.
‘Jaws’ is scary because of what you don’t see, not because of what you do.
We need to bring the audience back into partnership with storytelling
“Sarkozy: I cannot stand him. He is a liar. Obama: You’re fed up with him but I have to deal with him every day.”—An exchange between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The conversation was overheard by reporters at the G20 summit last week. The White House has declined to comment on the exchange. (h/t Mother Jones)