Before production began, however, Spielberg grew reluctant to continue with Jaws , in fear of becoming typecast as the "truck and shark director".  He wanted to move over to 20th Century Fox 's Lucky Lady instead, but Universal exercised its right under its contract with the director to veto his departure.  Brown helped convince Spielberg to stick with the project, saying that "after [ Jaws ], you can make all the films you want".  The film was given an estimated budget of $ million and a shooting schedule of 55 days. Principal photography was set to begin in May 1974. Universal wanted the shoot to finish by the end of June, when the major studios' contract with the Screen Actors Guild was due to expire, to avoid any disruptions due to a potential strike.