Joseph Manuel Alves
May 21, 1936
San Leandro, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director and production designer|
|Known for||Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D|
Joseph Manuel Alves (born May 21, 1936) is an American film production designer, perhaps best known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the first three films of the Jaws franchise. He directed the third installment Jaws 3-D.
Alves has designed three features for Steven Spielberg, firstly for The Sugarland Express. He designed the three mechanical sharks for the movie Jaws (1975) with mechanical effects man Bob Mattey supervising their physical construction in Sun Valley CA. After the sharks were completed, they were trucked to the shooting location, but unfortunately they had not been tested in water causing a series of delays that have become quite legendary over time.
Alves worked on Jaws 2 (1978) in the capacity of both production designer and as second unit director. After John D. Hancock, the initial director of Jaws 2, was sacked, it was suggested that Alves co-direct it with Verna Fields (who edited the original Jaws). Jeannot Szwarc was hired, however, to complete the film.
He directed Jaws 3-D (1983), which took advantage of the revival in popularity of 3-D at the time. The film received generally weak critical reception, with Variety criticising Alves for failing "to linger long enough on the Great White." He was nominated as 'worst director' in the 1983 Golden Raspberry Awards. Jaws 3-D was his only film as director.
|Production Designer||Art Director||Director||Other|
|1969||Change of Habit||No||Yes||No||No||Assistant art director|
|1974||The Sugarland Express||No||Yes||No||No|
|1977||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Yes||No||No||No|
|1978||Jaws 2||Yes||No||No||Yes||Also associate producer and second unit director|
|1981||Escape from New York||Yes||No||No||No|
|1984||Starman||No||No||No||Yes||Visual consultant and second unit director|
|1992||Freejack||Yes||No||No||Yes||Also associate producer|
|1993||Geronimo: An American Legend||Yes||No||No||No|
|Fire Down Below||Yes||No||No||No|
|2000||Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists||Yes||No||No||No|
Television (as art director)
|1969||The Name of the Game||1 episode|
|1969–1970||Marcus Welby, M.D.||2 episodes|
|1970–1973||Night Gallery||42 episodes|
|1970||The Bold Ones: The Protectors||1 episode|
|The Young Country||TV movie|
|The Psychiatrist||6 episodes|
|1972–1973||Hec Ramsey||4 episodes|
|1973||Isn't It Shocking?||TV movie|
|Scream, Pretty Peggy|
- Spotlight on Location: The Making of Jaws, Jaws 30th Anniversary DVD documentary, 
- "Joe Alves Awards & Nominations". Yahoo Movies. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2006-12-11.
- Loynd, Ray (1978) The Jaws 2 Log. London: W.H. Allen. ISBN 0-426-18868-3 pg74
- "Escape From New York Blu-ray Details Fit for The Duke". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
- "Joe Alves biography". TCM.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
- "Jaws 3-D". Variety. 1983-01-01. Retrieved 2006-11-28.
- "1983 Archive". Razzies.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2006-12-10.