Winter Garden producer creates 'Jaws' Documentary

Winter Garden producer creates 'Jaws' Documentary

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With the release of the hit movie "Jaws" on Blu-ray this week, a Winter Garden man is getting to show off his own work.

Michael Roddy is one of four producers who created the documentary "The Shark is Still Working," which features behind-the-scenes stories about the film.

"The shark didn't work," said the 43-year-old Roddy.  "They put it in the Atlantic Ocean and it sank to the bottom, so it made them refocus their efforts to create suspense without ever seeing this mechanical behemoth."

He says the movie and it's haunting musical score has had an impact on our culture and wanted to dive into the affects of that. 

"To have 'The Shark is Still Working' still linked to 'Jaws' officially on the Blu-ray is a dream come true," he told us.  "I was 6 years old when I saw 'Jaws,' So it really impressed me."

And 37 years later, the blockbuster movie continues to feed audiences looking for suspense.  That's why Roddy decided to create this documentary, which began production in 2005 with an event on Martha's Vineyard called Jaws Fest.  Roddy said it was an opportunity to really hear some stories never heard before.  Stories from people who worked on the film.

"Get their commentary on why they think that film still holds up today and why it's such an inspiring piece of cinema," said Roddy.  He said he even got to meet all the actors, as well as director Steven Spielberg, and proudly shows off his autograph.

"'The Shark is Still Working' is a labor of love and a passion for me and the other producers."

Roddy said the documentary isn't about making money but about leaving behind a tribute to a legacy. 

"That's our hope, that it's a testament to the pioneers that made the film. It looks better now than it's ever looked!"

 

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