Along with Famous Monsters, I remember watching Chiller Theatre religiously, sitting there with a sketch pad. I was about eight years old, and I would sit, sketch and draw the monsters while I waited for the monster movies to come on. That was my first real memory.
I think Jaws was probably “the one” that really piqued my interest in needing to know just how they made it. It was the first time that I realised there was a bunch of people who had to build a fake shark. It fired my brain into this ravenous desire to learn everything about how they made that movie. Back then, you didn’t have the internet, so I would scour magazines. I started putting myself into the mindset of the technicians who have to build this shark, drive to Martha’s Vineyard, put it in the ocean... And the first time they did it – it sank! So it became this fascination with the tremendous odds that these guys had to undertake to get to what we saw on camera.
The special effects on Jaws were an early inspiration.