Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystery Location: Update

Here is a picture of me in the early 80's.

This photo really puzzles me.  Where was it taken?  My guess is Main Street because of the large window display, but the tile ground (which I obviously have no problem walking on barefoot) doesn't look familiar.  Maybe Fantasyland?  Where were/are there cement pillars like that?  Anybody know?


Imagineering Disney has found the mystery location!  

Thanks to everyone who helped research!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 3

Before we get to the exciting conclusion of this series of posts, I want to take a minute to give you a lesson in Location Stalking 101.

Let's say you want to find the house from Home Alone.  This is an easy one, a simple google search will lead you to 671 Lincoln Ave.  Winnetka, Illinois.  See:

There are times when the internet has no clues for you.  Maybe you can find photos of the place but no address.  This was the problem I was faced with years ago when I was looking for Rushmore locations.  In this situation your best bet is paying attention to address numbers, street signs, and landmarks.  I found the Barber Shop from Rushmore and the Pawn Shop from Pulp Fiction based on the washateria across the street (Rushmore) and the address numbers (Pulp Fiction).  Google street siew is also an amazing tool to make sure the address from the internet is correct, or to see if the location still exist (In the case of Pulp Fiction, most are gone).  Finding Chief Brodys' house was by far the most challenging location I have ever tried to find.

Since Jaws is such a famous film, I assumed that it would be a piece of cake to find the film locations.  There are a bunch of sites devoted to the film, pictures and videos of the locations, but no addresses.  I was on Google street view so much  when I was looking for Brody's walk through town that when I was on the street I knew where everything was.

The best clue I had for finding his house was this description:

Out of Oak Bluffs, I trekked north on Commercial Ave., 
then along the coast on Highland Rd. About 15 minutes later, 
I rounded a corner on the northwest point of East Chop, 
and there it was Chief Brody's house.

Using Google maps, I narrowed it down to this area:

I drove this area in street view for longer than I'd like to admit looking for the house.

Let me remind you how it looked in the film:

Would you believe me if I told you this was it?

Don't believe me?  Here is the proof.  Chief Brody leaving.

Look at the houses he is driving towards.  Here they are now.

Yup, some genius remodeled the house.  Which is why all of these are street view pictures, I didn't waste my time seeking it out when I realized it was unrecognizable.  

This is one thing I don't understand, wasn't the fact that this house was used in the movie Jaws a selling point?  There's no way these people bought the house not knowing this, I'm sure they had to pay extra because of it.  The Full House is being sold for 3 million more dollars than the houses around it, because it's "The" Full House.

Walt Disney's Carolwood home, Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace, Rudolph Valentino's home, why buy a famous piece or real estate only to  tear it down?  I'll never understand it.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 2

Alright kids, for this installment we are going to jump around the film a bit, starting with Brody's drive into town.

Here he is driving to work.

When I first compared the two pictures it struck me that maybe these scenes were filmed in the fall after the summer crowds had died down.  That might explain the dead grass.

Here is another shot taken a few seconds later.

This area has really been built up since.

After this shot he drives past the Amity sign, for some reason in my rush to take pictures I forgot to get the current shot.  Just so you know, it's a giant field, no remnants of the sign...

Later in the film, Brody talks to the Mayor. The lighthouse is right across the street from where the Amity sign was.

This scene is very deceptive.  I couldn't line it up the way I wanted, and as you can see below the lighthouse (Gay Head Lighthouse) is blocked by a large bush/tree.  The lighthouse itself is also further back than it appears in the films scene.  The Mayor must have been parked in the bush area.

This shot is from the scene where the shark enters the pond area where Brody's son is swimming.

The bridge has been re-done since, and was crowded with kids jumping off.

Finally, the beach

The beach is kind of over grown with grass, so the majority of the patrons were on the other side.

At this point you might be wondering "Hey, why haven't you shown us Chief Brodys' house yet?"  I am saving that story for part 3 which will be up on Friday.  The whole post will be devoted to it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 1

My wife works as a life guard on Cape Cod over the summer.  We discussed going to Martha's Vineyard when I came to visit her .  I put my Jaw's dvd in and spent a few days taking screen shots and doing a lot of google mapping.

Let's start with Chief Brodys' walk through town.

Here he is leaving his office.

The building has been slightly remodeled.

Then he reaches the end of the street.

Unfortunately the street was littered with cars, but you get the picture.

Further down the street

There was a plaque on the tree saying it was 100's of years old.

Saying hello to this guy.

This place has had some work done to it.

The Newspaper office.

Has not changed

Here is where some old guy stops him.

Here it is today.

Main Street

The store on the left is where he buys his "beach closed" supplies.  Now it's a convenient store.

He comes out of the store with his supplies.

Someone thought it was a good idea to put a pole in the way.

Then he talks to the Mayor

Here it is today.

There you go, a five minute scene with a lot of great locations you can still visit.  I have about 2 more posts worth of photos, so stay tuned.