Jamie Benning has quickly become a familiar name among cinephiles. He creates hardcore documentaries, or “filmumentaries” by spending months combing through all the supplemental material for a specific film. He then puts together a “filmumentary” in which the movie plays all the way through with behind-the-scenes video, audio commentary from cast and crew, deleted scenes, and a subtitled fact track seamlessly intercut with the feature. We posted the unofficial Raiders of the Lost Ark “filmumentary” earlier this year, and for fans who savor every piece of information regarding the production of a film, Benning’s projects are a must-see.
For his next film, Benning is tackling Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. A teaser for the Inside Jaws “filmumentary” has been released, giving us a taste of what’s to come from the finished product. Hit the jump to check it out. Also, for those unaware, Jaws is finally coming to Blu-ray later this year.
Back in November, we told you about Jamie Benning‘s unofficial Raiders of the Lost Ark “filmumentary”, Raiding the Lost Ark. Rather than a traditional documentary, Benning wove together old interviews, production notes, and behind-the-scenes footage to create a feature length film that runs alongside Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first 17 minutes were terrific and now the full 2 hour, 23 minute movie has gone online. Hit the jump to check it out along with Benning’s comments on how he developed the feature.
Jamie Benning has previously put together “filmumentaries” where he goes along with a movie and adds interviews as commentary and production notes and behind-the-scenes footage that runs concurrently with the motion picture. He has now turned his attention to Raiders of the Lost Ark and while his work is unofficial, I doubt any official documentary will be able to match what he’s put together, especially since Steven Spielberg doesn’t do audio commentaries. The first 17 minutes of his new filmumentary, Raiding the Lost Ark has gone online and it’s a must-see. It reminded me that it’s been too long since I last watched Raiders and how many details I missed or forgotten.
Hit the jump to check out the first seventeen minutes of Raiding the Lost Ark. There’s no word on when the full documentary will be released, but Benning will put it online when it’s finished.