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Jaws: The Perfect Movie?

written by Jim Pennington

It was the summer of ’75.  The term “summer blockbuster” had yet to be uttered.  Single screen theaters were still the norm, each one gambling on which film would be their money maker.  Summers could still be a lazy time where you could actually be bored.  I hooked up with some friends to check out this new film, Jaws.

I look back fondly on that evening and to this day, Jaws remains my favorite film.  Is it perfect?  Probably not, but oh, what a film!   Action.  Adventure.  Thrills,  Laughter.  Suspense.  Horror.  Like an old wooden roller coaster, it continues to please.

This is a film that had numerous chances of being a failure.  Let’s start with a newbie director and a perfectionist at that.  Spielberg felt that the 1974 novel of the same title by Peter Benchley was in need of re-write for the screenplay.  Production began before the script was completed. Casting was not complete until a few days before principal shooting began.  The shark itself was a complex prop that without warning would sink to the bottom of the ocean.  “Bruce,” as the shark was nicknamed (after Spielberg’s lawyer), tested fine in fresh water tanks, but was ravaged by the salty sea water.  The scheduled 55 day shoot ended up taking 159 days.

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DUO Brings Home 4 More Peer Awards

1292974_1537446866471985_7796271075077338792_oPermit me to pat ourselves on the back for a moment. Normally on these blogs, I try to focus on the work of others, but I wanted to share with you some exciting news.  We won four TIVA Peer Awards on Saturday, November 8, 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited!

10649010_1537448056471866_3057171987498440790_oThe Peer Awards are coveted awards in the Greater Washington, DC area, because they’re different than a lot of other awards.  With many organizations you send in your project and your entry fee and then you wait to receive a letter in the mail telling you whether you won or not based on a panel of  judges you know nothing about.

10620200_1537448609805144_6327962120537911899_oWith the Peer Awards, you don’t wait at home. You get dressed up and head out for a lovely evening at the prestigious National Press Club right in the heart of DC. Not only is it held at a beautiful venue, but the evening contains delicious gourmet food, great networking, entertaining presenters, and of course, lots of awards. But perhaps the most unique thing about this particular awards ceremony, is that you know that each award you receive was judged by your peers, hence the name, The Peer Awards. That means that the certificate or statue you hold in your hand was put there because the people that do the same work you do, in the same part of the world you do it in, thought you deserved it. What could be better than that?

And now, without further ado, here are the awards we won with pictures to boot.
10688318_1537446363138702_1325312414141383250_oBronze Award:  NAE “Engineering for You” Promo 2D/3D Animation (Under $10K)  Photo of Brian at left.

Silver Award:  “Apocalypse Rock” Trailer Program/Series Promo (Under $10K)  Photo of Brian at top of page. Check out our film at www.ApocalypseRock.com

Silver Award:  Fundamentals of SolidWorks Electrical Public Relations/Marketing (Under $10K)  Photo of Karen at bottom.

Gold Award:  NAE “Engineering for You” Public Relations/Marketing (Under $10K)  Photo of Karen at bottom.