Jamie Benning has made three excellent ‘making of’ documentaries — or ‘filmumentaries,’ as he calls them, about the original Star Wars trilogy. His efforts collate interviews and rare behind the scenes footage and photos in what are essentially the most detailed commentary tracks a fan could hope for.
Benning followed his Star Wars docs with Raiding the Lost Ark, which tracks the creation of the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. We’ve showcased the beginning of this ‘filmumentary’ in the past, but the full-length version is now available online. It’s a must-see for any Raiders or Steven Spielberg fan. No matter how much a viewer knows about the making of Raiders, I’d be very surprised if there was nothing here that is new, as Benning has incorporated everything from classic interviews to the minutia of little-seen production reports. Read More »
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Odds are if you read this site, you are an incredibly huge fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s pretty much a given. If you love films, especially geek, genre films, then Steven Spielberg and George Lucas‘ introduction of Harrison Ford‘s Indiana Jones character is either right near, or the absolute epitome of, what this little art form we call “film” can do. It’s thrilling, it’s funny, it’s surprising, it’s pretty much perfect in every single way. Plus, it was released long before most of us were eating, drinking and sleeping our love of the art form. For that reason, whenever we can delve into the kind of trivial, behind the scenes minutia that went into making the movie, we have to call it out.
Or, you can now just get all that in one place.
Jamie Benning has been making documentaries, or “filmumentaries” as he likes to call them, based on our favorite films for quite some time. He brings together all the tiny bits of interesting insider information you’ve always heard about Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and now Raiders of the Lost Ark, and puts them in a well-edited, entertaining package that runs along side the main feature becoming almost a visual commentary on the movie. Raiding the Lost Ark is the title of his latest production and while it’s not 100% done, Benning has put the first 17 minutes online. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
Quality fan films are a needle in a haystack. A haystack made up of bad fan films. It doesn’t take much time or effort to make a bad fan film because anyone with an iPhone can shoot what they think is a Star Wars or Firefly movie. A good one, though, is rare because it’s akin to a real production. It takes dedication, money, talent and even more money. The makers of Star Wars: Dark Resurrection Vol. 0 have all of that. A prequel to a previously released fan film, the 2007 Dark Resurrection Vol. 1, this is a fan film worthy of dropping the word “fan.” Check out the epic 40-minute labor of love after the break. Read More »
Here’s how good Jamie Benning‘s three Star Wars fan documentaries are: even after more than a decade of prequel and re-edit inspired franchise fatigue, these docs will fascinate anyone who has ever been a fan of the sci-fi series. They’re loaded with tiny bits of info that reveal much about the accidents and ingenuity that went into making the classic films.
So with ire boiling thanks to the changes made to the Blu-ray editions of the original trilogy, it’s a good time to revist or introduce yourself to Star Wars Begins, Building Empire and Returning to Jedi below. The three docs collect more than thirty years’ worth of archival footage and interviews that illuminate every aspect of the creation of the three films. Unless you’re one of the most obsessive Star Wars fans around — in which case you’ve already watched these docs — there will absolutely be information in the three films that is new to you.
And, as a bonus, check out the first clips from Benning’s upcoming fan documentary, Raiding the Lost Ark. Read More »
Hard to believe that Disney’s live-action period action film The Rocketeer was released two decades ago. The film has come back into the public conscious a bit recently because of the anniversary, its director Joe Johnston doing another period action film (Captain America: The First Avenger) and some recent screenings including one in Hollywood with Kevin Smith hosting a Q&A. Capitalizing on the heat, and as a nod to the character’s late creator Dave Stevens, animator John Banana and his team have created this fantastic little short film. As Gizmodo said, “If Pixar made The Rocketeer, it would look like this.” Check it out after the jump. Read More »
We probably won’t see a third Tron film go into production any time soon, nevermind see a traile (however, you never know with the kind of surprises Disney likes to drop at Comic-Con). Some Tron fans have created a movie trailer for a Tron: Legacy sequel titled Tron: Destiny. I would credit them by name, but they insisted on uploading the fake trailer to YouTube, trying to claim that it might be a leaked real deal. Of course, it isn’t. The short trailer, found by ToplessRobot, features a cast of unknowns, some horrible dialogue, but is surprisingly well produced and has a couple cool moments near the end. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Take a break from reality for a minute with a couple of trailers for films you’ll never see. Or, as it really goes, trailers for a couple of films you’ll never see that are quite a bit like a great many other films you have seen. The Boston-set movies of the past decade get sent up in The Oscar-Winning Boston Movie, while Riverdale offers a new, ugly perspective on Archie comics. Read More »
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First up, as the headline should suggest, this is not a trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wolverine. It does not incorporate any footage that will be in that film, mostly because nothing has been shot. This is the work of commercial and music video director Gary Shore, who cut together animated photo-based storyboards showing Wolverine’s encounter with ninja clan the Hand. The result is something that fans of the character might well enjoy, and it is embedded after the break. Read More »