[Quick Summary: A police chief, scientist & grizzled fisherman battle to protect a summer resort town that is terrorized by a gigantic white shark.]
Should you ever need to write a blood spatter scene, take note of this excellent one:
"ANGLE - GROUP OF KIDS ON RUBBER RAFTS
They begin a water fight, slapping at the ocean with karate-type blows, sending little explosions of water at each other.... [Ah, a nice innocent set-up.]
He hits the water, which sprays all over another youngster.
CLOSE - MATHEW
His face dripping with red rivulets. [Hooray! Tension increases without announcing 'tension increases here.']
CLOSE - P.J.
Looks down at his hand. The water surrounding all the boys is slick with blood." [More tension. How will this resolve? Must read on.]
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Blood in motion should stay in motion.
by Peter Benchley