Why the Jaws Beach Scene Is One of the Best in Movie History

Julian Palmer, the creative director for 1848 Media, explains in a video breakdown how director Steven Spielberg uses things like the color yellow, staging, scale, and camera angles to tell a story. Story-wise, the Jaws beach scene is simple. But the techniques and thoughtfulness Spielberg uses are anything but. Full video: http://bit.ly/1meoAgl
  1. There are elements like the repeated use of yellows — on a mother's hat, on a boogie board, on a buoy — that instill a sinking feeling in an audience.
  2. The boy's shorts are red, making you think of blood.
  3. There's a shot of the film's hero, Sheriff Brody, with the crowd moving toward the water behind him. It's meant to symbolize the lack of control he has over what's about to happen.
  4. One of the longest-running shots of the sequence is through the eyes of the shark, making it impossible for a viewer to look away.
  5. The composition — Brody being front and center— of the sheriff's realization shot makes you realize it's his responsibility to protect these people.