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From the creators of Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist comes a new story about a classic movie and its inspirations. A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.

Inside Jaws Wondery

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5, 1.3K Ratings

From the creators of Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist comes a new story about a classic movie and its inspirations. A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.

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4.5 out of 5
1.3K Ratings
1.3K Ratings
Mylakeside21 ,

Love!

Many details of Spielberg’s life that I learned. This is a thoughtful piece to highlight his brilliance and kind soul. I would not have the respect to subscribe to this podcast without his eventual support of environmental support for sharks.

Ramonablu ,

Enjoyable Topic; Semi-Poorly Presented

•The frequent hangs of partly stated antic-dotes, which being half-way through the series, I await full explanations of a few things, such as what the hell does Spielberg’s mom’s “note” say?!?
•The background sounds are often too loud in relationship to the read text.
•Why not use some real people to speak for themselves - where possible, reasonable. If done well, why wouldn’t the subject-Spielberg in this specific podcast-be willing to participate. Although a project which is monetized, surely the subject’s of the few similar types stories would be interested in the telling (partial at least?) of their own story... using their own voice snippets (I realize the entire story must be narrated). •Also, linking the shark stories (partly) shared, could be tied to the subject in some sort of way - which I imagine is coming (hope), but its way too long to wait to provide listeners some of the information which helps to give more insight, draw them into the characters (real people) and the story.
•This is a forum focused on the telling of a story in parts, which is frustratingly amidst a commercial (2, 3, etc) and although that itself is fine (we listen for free), but we’d appreciate them being positioned in expected places. I know that strategic ads is smart, which makes my request is silly, but if you are going to tie them into the actual story - make it more appealing and less “I just got taken by the narrator, not realizing he was leading me into a freaking commercial... gosh he could have made me feel a part of this necessary element, instead of a victim of it”. Be creative, but have some humor-and respect, maybe be a bit predictable to show this in delivery-when using your story to fool listeners into an ad. Making listeners feel foolish doesn’t make us inspired to try the very products which, we respect, brought the free content... and CELERY in pillow cases? •Honestly, don’t make us have to google (if that even returns any insight I have YET to find out) things to understand what the hell your trying to say.
•Most of us are listening, guess when??? You got it-while DRIVING. •We are already focused on the primary (or perhaps “instinctive” task of not killing anyone at high speeds, so don’t artsy up the story so much that one must hear this or that late in the episode list to really get what this or that we found taunting early on (assuming it was a taunt - or “foreshadowing-type” of moment to tie some of the poignant points and bow-off the story experience at the end).
•Also, when doing voices which represent others, when not the subject at hand, maybe explain who both/all voices are more clearly up-front so as not to cause confusion listening to some interaction, assuming one must be our main guy (eg: “Tom SoAndSuch” speaking to Peter, the writer of Jaws - as Tom’s identity wasn’t stated near the outset of that specific conversation [or maybe ever, but I’ll re-listen to that convo for the 3rd time to see what is my fault for missing], but “Tom” in-convo or any other qualifier pre-convo is lacking so much so that listeners may easily assume that character-voice must be our main guy Steven).
•OK-addition to review as I start final episode, #7. Perhaps its being saved for this finale, but such a SHAME NOT TO PLAY ANY of John Williams’s JAWS THEME during the end of epi#6, when it was presented and discussed!!! Literally, how can one add so much un-related (directly to the film) content throughout the series, then when given a clear opportunity to shine by PLAYING the theme (or even just one run of “THE Notes”), it is somehow ridiculously missing!!! If the choice to hold out until this final episode to play any of the same was made, that was a bad decision, and I don’t expect I’ll hear it at all. For whatever reason, surely financial, it is inexcusable not to play the JAWS THEME (pay whatever you needed, even if playing the notes on a Casio for the show!?!? Shameful wait this late, but I think I can confidentially say the theme won’t show up in the final epi#7.

I am/did ENJOY some of this story, but when frustrating issues exist, I believe its human nature to tend to focus on those - so kudos for the majority of work, but please try to ensure your facts are accurate and clearly presented, while realizing people need-want podcasts to be enjoyable and full while, often, driving and listened to over time (meaning definitely share any linkages to antic-dotes/elements, but don’t drag out presenting them).

Bdolll ,

Love these podcasts

I have listened to inside Jaws, Psycho, and The Exorcist. I love them. They are my favorite podcasts so far. Mark Ramsey is a very talented creator and story teller. Wondery has the best podcasts by far. My only complaint is there are not enough of these.

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