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"Jaws" and seasickness

Michael Chapman - Film-maker

I was very happy for Bill do the lighting, I was so happy operating. I- I was having a wonderful time. I wasn't in any way envious or anything, I'd not- I don't think it ever crossed my mind that, gee, I would have done it different, or why did he put that light there, I'm pretty sure it never crossed my mind. I just wiped it, I was having such a wonderful time, and every day I- I mean, it was marvellous, you'd get up and I- I didn't have a car, I had a bicycle and I'd bicycle down to the dock and get in the Boston weather and the teamsters ran the whalers- they would take us out to wherever we were, you know, and then- and then we'd spend the whole day on the water and- and when the shark broke down, we'd dive for clams and dig them up and eat them, and- but they were paying us to do this, you know, and- and when the time came to actually shoot, I would handhold the camera and I had, it was just, it was like a great sports event, you know, I- I was- I felt like I was, I've said this before, and it's probably pompous and presumptuous, but I felt that I was having an MVP year, you know, that I was hitting 300 and- and I mean I was really nailing it every time. It was wonderful, I was having a great time. And it turned out pretty well. That's pretty interesting, because you spent a lot of time on the water, and you get this motion sickness- In those days, well I don't, I don't, I've never been seasick- Okay. For some reason I don't. Some, a lot of people did actually, but I don't know why, I just- I've always had boats and then lived on the water and lived near the water, and- and for some reason I don't seem to ever get seasick. But, aside from that, in those days they didn't have Steadicams, and the various motion control things, you know, there would- there would be a pendulum and they were just hopeless, and so we just did a little about, just hold it, and do it that way, and actually that turned out to be far and away the best way to do it, because if you- once you get into the rhythm of what the wave is like you can make your body move with it, and keep the horizon line pretty flat, I- it's- I mean it was a bravura job of operating, I don't mean in any way to take anything away from myself, it really was a bravura job of operating, and I had a great time doing it, why- why would I not, I mean I was having MVP season, you know, you don't think somebody's hitting 350 and 50 home runs, he's not happy, he is. And I was doing well and there were, well, we won't go into that part of it but it was a nice summer, it was a very nice summer.
Marvin Minsky - Scientist
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