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The Filmumentaries Podcast

oojason said:

Never you heard of you. Go on, bugger off!



I’ve been listening to a fair few of these - very nicely done, old friend - most impressive. Congrats on getting to interview and chat with some pretty distinguished (or just cool and intriguing) people in the film business 👍

Also loved the ‘Robert Watts – A Life In Film’ short documentary up on your filmumentaries.com website - if anyone hasn’t yet seen it, it is very much worth a watch.

As well as other quality shorts and videos on there too…

Hope you are well - stay safe mate. Best of luck with the Filmumentaries Podcast too!

Haha. Hey man. Thanks for the nice comments. Nice to see you’re still active here. Glad you liked the Watts one. I was quite proud of it. But it didn’t really get much of an audience. Staying safe here thanks. Hope you are too. Thanks as always for your support.

The Filmumentaries Podcast

Hi everyone,

Some of you may remember me from way back when I created Building Empire, Returning to Jedi and Star Wars Begins. Along with those I also made Raiding the Lost Ark and Inside Jaws, rebranding them as “Filmumentaries”. Half film, half documentary. It was never a good name, but it stuck.

I then went on to make short documentaries about individuals who worked in the film industry, usually with links to the above subjects.

Back in lockdown number one here in the UK I decided to embark upon a new endevour. Partly because ALL of my work in live sport TV had disappeared but also because I needed to create something, anything, just to stay sane.

And so The Filmumentaries Podcast was born. Unbelievably I am now sixteen episodes in, having interviewed editor Paul Hirsch, Tim Rose of Admiral Ackbar fame and mostly recently Sound editor Mark Mangini (Raiders and Blade Runner 2049).

I thought I’d pop my head in and say “hi” to some old friends and to share this latest endeavour with you. Let me know what you think.

Oh and if you do fancy a listen, you can probably skip the first episode. It was very much an experiment. A pilot episode if you will. Jump into episode 3 and Tim Rose’s sometimes emotional recounting of his time on Return of the Jedi and Muppets Christmas Carol.

All the best
Jamie Benning


Help Wanted: Trying to track down an old doco

Hi all,

What was the name of the old 1990s (i think) Star Wars doco that featured Mark Hamill and Nick Harrison (Elstree Props).

I seem to remember it had a “Premier” watermark top right or left. Also pretty sure it featured a clip of sculptor Brian Muir working on Vader.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Star Wars in Numbers (Released)

Hi all, it’s been a while…I am on the beg…

I’ve managed to find some time to edit a short video called SW in Numbers today.

I am wondering if anyone has the isolated sounds of:

1 - The Star Destroyer and Tantive engines and lasers from the start of Star Wars
2 - Isolated dialogue of Wedge saying “Look at the size of that thing!”
3 - Any isolated ship or dialogue actually (besides the .com soundboards)

Thanks in advance.

Filmumentaries.com shorts

Thanks dvdmike.

I am currently trying to compile all of the ROTJ Jabba footage I can for my next short project coming in February 2015.

I did this back in 2008 for Returning to Jedi of course but I have long since lost all the media files for that project. Another HDD failed! Same old story.

So, I wonder if you guys and girls can help. This is the list of sources I have so far:

- Harmy's Despecialized ROTJ
- Empire of Dreams
- MTV When Star Wars Ruled the World
- JW Rinzler ebook edition of the Making of ROTJ
- From Star Wars to Jedi, the making of a saga
- ROTJ Classic Creatures
- SW Blu ray

Is there anything else that leaps to mind?

Also I am desperately trying to track down any other behind the scenes photos of Jabba. Apart from the few seconds in Making of a Saga and a tiny thumbnail in the Rinzler book has anyone ever scene more of the Action Man puppeteer model of Jabba for instance? Also need to find some photos of Jabba's internal workings. I've got the footage from the docos about, but if you know of anything else, please shout!

Thanks in advance.

Filmumentaries.com shorts

Hi all,

Its been a while...

But I thought you might like to know I am now producing some short interviews augmented with behind the scenes footage and stills. I've already spoken to Kevin Pike about BTTF. You can find them on vimeo.

Here's my latest on ROTJ's location effects.


I hope you like them.

Next up is Jabba puppeteer Toby Philpott.

//Star Wars Begins\\: HD Version Now on Vimeo

Today I was at a loose end so I've begun to update Star Wars Begins. But only in terms of updating the subtitled facts and idents to HD. I won't be putting in any 'new' material for now. I'll eventually replace the old version with this HD version on Vimeo. Maybe one day I'll update the video quality with Harmy's Despecialized Edition and add additional scenes that have come to light with the BR and the ebooks. But that will be on the back burner for now.