After completing Raiding the Lost Ark in 2012, I immediately embarked on a new project, tentatively called Jaws Bites Back. After 16 months of trawling, reading, spooling, skyping, chatting, interviewing, editing and refining, I am pleased to release Inside Jaws, A Filmumentary (2013). As with my other filmumentaries this is a completely unofficial and non profit making project made with a genuine affection for the film. Please share the link with your friends but under no circumstances should you buy or sell this on DVD or Blu Ray.
I would like to extend my thanks to all of the lovely, kind people that helped me on this voyage. In particular Jim Beller (of JawsCollector.com) , a Jaws expert, no, THE Jaws expert was always on call to answer my questions and give suggestions. The Jaws community as a whole really have helped motivate me to keep this project swimming forward and to make a good job of it. You’re a great bunch of people!
For this project I unearthed some unheard interviews with cast members and I conducted some interviews myself. So even you big Jaws fans should find plenty of new things to enjoy!
Below are two of the poster designs. Pete Starling of Electrographica.co.uk put me inside Jaws (Left) and a wonderful pencil “sketch” by Martin Schlierkamp (right). Martin’s final, coloured version should be available in a couple of days.
We pick up with Indy and Belloq’s war of words in the Hookah cafe. Again we hear from Sound Editor Mark Mangini as he talks us through legendary voice actor Frank Welker’s involvement in the film. We also hear excerpts from my exclusive interview with Colonel Dietrich himself, Wolf Kahler. Wolf has such a fantastic voice. I would happily have spoken to him for another three hours. There is also a storyboard comparison sequence that I enjoyed putting together for the map room scene. I hope you enjoy it.
After the success of Star Wars Begins, I have decided to produce ‘Raiding the Lost Ark’ for release in December 2011. Whilst I will keep the usual ‘Filmumentary’ format, using archival interviews, I will also be interviewing several people involved in the production of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I’ve already recorded and integrated interviews with Wolf Kahler, who starred as Colonel Dietrich and Mark Mangini, Sound Editor. I have also been in contact with the legendary producer Robert Watts who is keen to talk and sculptor Brian Muir, who I hope to speak with this month. By doing these first hand interviews I will be able to get commentary directly targeted to certain scenes, once again giving fans an insight into the making of the film like never before.