Reviews and Coverage
“Mr. Benning’s works are invaluable educational tools for my students at Clemson. His sense of structure, timing, & composition are superb. His ‘filmumentaries’ help show how good, practiced authors weave original sources, research, and voices into a magnificent peace of rhetoric”. Allen Swords, Senior Lecturer at Clemson University.
“A Film Fan’s Love Letter to ‘Jaws’…he posts self-described love letters to his favourite films. He calls the works “filmumentaries,” and they are essentially homemade, full-length DVD commentaries of beloved American films….Mr. Benning’s works are meticulously crafted mashups, loaded with unusual facts and teeming with scraps of rare video and audio.”. Erik Olsen, New York Times.
“How One Man Made the Ultimate Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jaws Documentaries. Benning has become the Internet’s resident archivist for the blockbusters that define Hollywood.” Matt Patches, Vulture, New York Magazine.
“Thankfully there are people like Jamie Benning. His exploration of “Jaws” is not only the work of a fan, but that of a meticulous enthusiast providing us with an innovative approach to the genre of both film documentary and online video.” Eike Kühl, ZEIT ONLINE.
“‘Filmumentary’ hero Jamie Benning has worked his magic on Jaws, and if you’re a fan, you need to watch it!” Empire Online.
“Jamie makes some of the most entertaining, informative, and lovingly crafted documentaries I have ever seen.” Robert Krekel, Sound Designer (The Last of Us), http://about.me/robertkrekel.
“I could watch these all day”. WGN Radio Chicago - http://wgnradio.com/2013/06/25/filmumentaries/
“It’s like the best commentary you’ve ever heard” Paul Harris, America Weekend Radio. http://paulharrisonline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/jamie-benning-inside-jaws.html
“Mind blowing in so many ways…Every geek is eternally indebted to you Jamie! Chris Jones, Filmmaker, ChrisJonesblog.com.
“Benning’s documentary movies are honestly the most creative and well-thought DVD documentaries ever assembled”. MovieHunger.com
“Jamie Benning seems to have a talent for directing movies about movies”. Geeknation.com
“I’ll admit I had some doubts about this at first, but Benning does a good job of curating all the Jaws material out there.” Whitney Matheson, USA Today.
“Once of the most explicitly thorough and masterful Filmumentaries to date ‘Inside Jaws’, from this master of research and construction. It’s rare to see something told so deftly, and this is a running theme through all of Jamie’s work. Star Wars will always be on my sleeve, but Jaws is just next to that!” Dan Poole, Actor/Director, museoffirefilm.co.uk.
“Inside Jaws is a brilliant look at the making of one of Spielberg’s masterpieces. The sheer wealth of new and exciting material makes this an essential companion piece to the film. Jamie is a master of his art, serving us up his greatest filmumentary yet. His tenacity and craft is inspirational.” Mustapha Kseibati, Filmmaker, mustaphakseibati.com.
“What a splendid thing it is. For all of us who are fans of Steven Spielberg’s classic, this is one to watch.” Liveforfilms.com.
“I don’t care how you watch it, though. Just watch it. Benning doesn’t make a dime from his filmumentaries. They’re true labors of love. And ever ounce of that love is evidenced in every frame ofInside Jaws.” Dennis Burger, TechnologyTell.com
“This is a documentary that you have to watch…I actually think his Jaws doc is a lot better, and full of a lot of great information I didn’t know before.” Joey Paur, GeekTyrant.com.
“Benning has knocked it out of the park again with this one, get involved and watch this superb documentary.” Allen Kobiela, Downwithfilm.com.
“Long-time “Jaws” fans who think they have learned everything there is to know about the movie will likely learn a few new things along the way, thanks to Benning.” Brad Cook, FilmThreat.com.
“Even if you’ve absorbed every documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg‘s template-setting blockbuster, you’ll probably find something new in Inside Jaws. Inside Jaws…will give you an impressive understanding of how the film was made.” Russ Fischer, Slashfilm.com.
“Taking passion projects to a whole new level…that’s a win for fan art. Kirsty Puchko, Cinemablend.com
“Jamie Benning’s “Inside Jaws” will take you there and then some…probably the most comprehensive look at the movie you could possibly ask for.” Kevin Jagernauth, Indiewire.com.
“There’s great stuff here for even the most die hard Jaws fans. Watch it…” Alex Billington, Firstshowing.net.
“This will please even those that have already devoured the extras on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws.” Justine Browning, Geeknation.com.
“Benning has done an amazing service to movie buffs online.” RoboBrain, AwesomeRobo.com.
“Inside Jaws may be the nerdiest Behind the Scenes Jaws movie you ever watch. There’s lots to feast on here.” Mike Bracken, Movies.com.
“This is a product that was made by someone who LOVES movies. Someone that wants us to be able to appreciate every single thing in a frame and off screen as well.” Phelps. Cinetropolis.net.
“Your pieces go where the sanitized versions will not tread and always celebrate the film in question by providing an honest account of their creation. I really appreciate what you do – you are changing the industry for the better in your own small, but valuable way.” Vimeo user comment.
“Building Empire is not only the best film on Star Wars I’ve ever seen, its one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Jamie’s appreciation of traditional story combined with an ability to push the boundries on how those stories are told is what brings his films so close to the Lucas ideal.” Giles Terera, Actor/Director/Producer, museoffirefilm.co.uk.
“A fan documentary like no other on the planet, … in one huge, insightful project that is more than worth the time it takes to watch them. Cosmolearning.com
RETURNING TO JEDI
“As one of the people inside Jabba at the time (I’m the one in the yellow sweater) I can only say how vividly this documentary brings back memories – more so than the ‘official’ making-of movies. To hear Dave Barclay doing Jabba’s voice in English, and hear Carrie’s improvised responses in English, break me up. For all the wonderful atmosphere in the finished film, this captures the ‘feel’ of being backstage, and on the set, better than anything I know.” – Toby Philpott, Jabba the Hutt Puppeteer.
STAR WARS BEGINS
“A beautifully written love letter to the Star Wars Trilogy. A reminder of what makes these films so special.” Nathan Hamill, son of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).
“It’s nearly two and a half hours of nerd paradise.” Mike Hale, New York Times.
“This is a quality product.” Francine Stock, BBC Radio 4, The Film Programme.
“Quite simply, if you’re a Star Wars fan of any kind, this thing is an absolute blast to watch… Readers immediately fell in love with ‘Star Wars Begins’ after we covered it…” Erik Davis, AOL/Moviefone.com/Cinematical
“DELICIOUS tripe!” Bonnie Burton, Author; Host, SFX Magazine Columnist, Formerly of Lucasfilm.
“Jamie Benning has created a series of Star Wars documentaries that have taken the Internet by storm. With even die-hard Jedis declaring they learnt more from his docs than from 30 years of fandom.” TotalFilm.com
“…One ambitious fan, has taken it upon himself to create individual, extensive and two-hour-plus documentaries for each film.” Buzzlegoose.com“
I don’t know how the documentary included with the Star Wars Blu Ray release can top this one.” Swtorstrategies.com
“I haven’t been this impressed by a fan made documentary in…well…ever… he’s crafted a truly amazing doc on the making of Star Wars.” Steve Weintraub, Collider.com
“As Vader would say, ‘Impressive, most impressive’”. Nathan Barry, WiredGeekDad, Wired.com
“I feel like I have failed as a nerd for never having heard of this before… it’s unbelievable, and it’s unbelievably interesting”. Rob Bricken, ToplessRobot.com
“Frickin Awesome.” Sci-Guys.com
“This ain’t no crummy youtube mashup, this is someserious work.” Agentorange, QuietEarth.com
“It acts as a very appetising starter to the main course of Blu-Ray releases out in September”. Scott Weller, Star Wars Aficionado Blog
RAIDING THE LOST ARK
“Had a dream last night I was making a Raiders doc. No joke! But after watching yours months ago, there’s no need. Excellent work!” Charles de Lauzirika – Producer of Blade Runner, The Final Cut.
“Jamie Benning is an outstanding human being…he’s poured hours, days, weeks, months into collating and cutting together videos that illuminate and educate“. Ali Plumb – Empire Magazine Online.
“I wonder if the inevitable Blu-ray of Raiders of the Lost Ark could offer anything better.” Matt Goldberg, Collider.com.
“Raiding is jam packed with amazing facts and insights into the creative process.” Nathan Barry, Wired Geek Dad.
“It’s like the best DVD extra you’ve ever seen”. Chris Higgins, Mentalfloss.com.
“Benning makes his filmumentaries out of love for these movies, and it shows”. Brad Cook, Filmthreat.com
“For fans of the Indiana Jones franchise Raiding The Lost Ark is simply essential viewing”. GeeksofDoom.com
“So much insight into one of my all-time favorite films. The agonizing was well worth it!” Sam Morrill, Vimeo Staff.