Popular Attractions Near Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod will be forever famouse because Jaws was filmed there.  This movie was a hit in 1975 and still popular today.  People come from all over just to snap a picture of this place.

Martha’s Vineyard, the island off of Massachusetts where the movie was filmed. Well-known to MA locals looking for an idyllic getaway and now to more of the world. The Vineyard, as it’s known locally, has about 15,000 year-round residents and swells to more than 75,000 during the summer.
Location as Character: Spielberg is said to have chosen the Vineyard as his primary filming location because it has up to 12 miles of shallow water over sand, which he thought would suit shooting with the mechanical sharks (known collectively as Bruce). Located six miles off the coast of Massachusetts, several areas of the Vineyard’s 87 square miles served as locations for ‘Jaws,’ for which crew members were allowed to build new structures, on the condition that every inch of the island would be restored to normal following the shoot. Filming on the Vineyard arguably enhanced the film’s sense of terror: Part of ‘Jaws’s’ tension stems from the notion of being surrounded by a killer that could strike at any time.

Spielberg’s choice of location also lent the movie many of its substantive details. The Vineyard’s quaint Edgartown, with its Cod Codder houses and small-town feel, served as Amity’s town center. The fishing village of Menemsha, meanwhile, at the island’s southwest corner, provided the right atmosphere for the ‘Jaws’ crew to build Quint’s little cottage. 

Historical Significance: While visitors to the Vineyard won’t find vendors hawking ‘Jaws’-related memorabilia or offering Los Angeles-style location tours, the blockbuster’s legacy still lives on. To mark the movie’s 30th anniversary in 2005, the island threw JAWSfest, a three-day homage to the shark thriller. More than 4,000 people attended the event, which featured an outdoor screening of ‘Jaws,’ a local location guide and appearances by Benchley and members of the cast and crew. rd — not the least of which were mechanical troubles with the various shark models, which had previously only been tested in Hollywood pools. The salt water eroded the machines’ inner workings, and a marine mechanic had to be called in on location to try and fix the sharks. The mechanical troubles reportedly affected how Spielberg filmed the shark scenes, which often showed only the dorsal fin, instead of the entire animal, and resulted in what some critics thought was a Hitchcokian approach to suspense.

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