DID YOU KNOW?
The animatronic shark they used for the horror shark movie Jaws name is “Bruce.” Three 25-foot sharks were all designed for the movie. All of which were called Bruce by the cast and crew, after director Steven Spielberg’s lawyer. As the famed story goes, the sharks kept malfunctioning in saltwater. This forced Spielberg to get creative and put more focus on character development. Jaws set the precedent for the killer shark trope, with later films taking cues from it.
However, technological advancements have occurred since the movie came out in 1975. These advancements made it possible to use CGI graphics. Instead of having to build mechanical sharks like Bruce, or using live footage of real sharks. The new shark movies of today, such as the Sharknado (2013) and The Shallows (2016), make sharks from computer-generated imagery. The use of CGI provides film creators with more artistic license and a wider range of possible scenarios. Another CGI shark that made waves is the great white shark that Michael Phelps raced. Discovery Channel released a show for Shark Week in 2017. The title of the show was Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White. In it, the 28-time Olympic medalist was shown to be swimming side-by-side a CGI shark in a 100-meter race, which he lost by two seconds.