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 »
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 »
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