Q: What is a Filmumentary (TM)?
A: A Filmumentary is a format that I created where the viewer can watch a film while additional material appears on screen. Including: deleted scenes, alternate takes, on set audio, text facts and information and audio commentary from cast and crew etc. The intention was draw these resources from archival and contemporary interviews, documentaries, TV spots etc. Some of the interviews I undertake myself in the case of Raiding and Inside Jaws. All to make the ultimate “making of” experience for the viewer.

The name Filmumentaries was just a matter of combining “Film” and “Documentary”. It makes total sense… right?

Q: What has the response been to your projects?
A: See the Reviews and Coverage page for more information.

Q: Are your documentaries available on DVD?
A: Whilst I do burn some DVD’s for review purposes, they are not available for purchase. These are non profit making projects and therefore discs of them should not be bought or sold by me or by anyone. If you find anyone selling them please report it to me.

Q: What is the best way to watch your Filmumentaries?
A: On Vimeo!

Q: How can you be contacted?
A: Here at Filmumentaries.com (just leave a comment) or on Twitter @JamieSWB

Q: Can I donate?
A: If you want to become a patron, please head over to Patreon.com

Q: What about copyright issues?
A: To date, neither Lucasfilm, Paramount nor Universal have been in touch. I hope they see my Filmumentaries for what they are; love letters to my favourite films. I make absolutely no profit from these projects.

Q: How do you make these Filmumentaries?
A: Initially with Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop and Motion. Now with Premiere and outscourcing to friends who know After Effects! Plus lots of hard work and with kind help from many fans and friends from around the world.

Q: Where can I find artwork for your Filmumentaries?
A: Google. Several people have made some cool DVD and Blu Ray covers.

Q: What film are you tackling next?
A: I would love to work on Ghostbusters, Back to the Future etc, but also on other films including The Shining, Chinatown or Seven Samurai. But I would only tackle these in an official capacity. I’m still waiting for that call from the rights owners!

Q: Any plans to take your projects into the world of officialdom?
A: I would love to! I’ve had dalliances with Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox and Disney+ (though that was just being a consultant on Prop Culture). Maybe one day!


  1. Hi Jamie,

    I hope this message finds you in good health and form.

    Could you please provide me with an email address, which I could contact you at?

    Thanking you in advance,

  2. I am the Chief Editor of an adventure lifestyle and wildlife conservation magazine featuring interviews and articles by filmmakers, production, visual effects and cast. We are interested in promoting your work – having you as a guest expert contribute a piece detailing the creative process behind your latest work Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you are happy to provide an article (1000-1600 length) relating unique insights (from the research involved), images and promotional details for a feature in our next issue (deadline March 15th), please advise.

    You can view our latest issue from our site or directly at:

  3. Dear Jamie Benning

    I must admit, I never heard about you amazing filmumentaries before I read about them in a newsletter from the Empire magazine. I just saw “Raiding” and was totally blown away. Over the years, I watched those films countless times, read “The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark” from Derek Taylor and just loves it. I thought, that there wasn`t anything that I didn`t know about Indy, you proved me wroing for sure.
    Thanks alot for your great work and accomplishment.
    Where exactly did you get the original footage from?
    Was it from the old “Making Of” Tape, or did you have additional material?
    Is it possible to see the whole material you used?
    I also have a website where I publish moviereviews.
    Until now, I did my reviews in German, but I also have alot things already written in English. If you give me a little info to work with, I would love to write something about your work!

    Best Wishes


    • Hi, Thanks for your very kind comments.

      The footage is from TV shows, documentaries, specials, DVDs. All over the place. I do have a list, but I won’t be publishing it just yet.

      Thanks for your interest.
      Many Thanks
      Jamie Benning

  4. Hi Jamie,
    I’m a researcher working on a feature doc about fan film and fandom in entertainment. We’d like to speak to you. Can you make contact/send me your email? Thanks!

  5. Hi Jamie,

    I work on BBC 1 consumer affairs show, we are doing a story on Star Wars, and it would be great to speak to you about the specific story we are producing.

    All the best,

  6. Hi, Jamie:

    I’m currently working on a RAIDERS-related book and I’d like to talk about it with you a bit. Obviously, I’m not going to talk about it too much in a public forum, so please feel free to contact me directly through IHateSnakes.com. I think you’ll find a conversation to be worthwhile.

    Incidentally, I greatly enjoyed your RAIDERS “filmumentary”. One of the best videos I’ve ever seen related to the film.

    Richard Starr

  7. Hi Jamie! Hope you’re well.
    How can I get permission to play Inside Jabba the Hutt at an event I’m running with Toby Philpott? It’s a non profit event in aid of several charities.



  8. What a wonderful tribute! Well done!! Has Gary seen this yet? I’m extremely eager to ask you some things about certain bits of footage you utilized for this! Would you be so kind as to contact me when you have a moment?

    Best wishes,

    Patrick Read Johnson
    Writer/Director “5-25-77”

  9. Hi Jamie, recently discovered your Jaws filmumentary and have been sharing it around my various channels. Really fantastic work, mate. I’ve just recorded an audio commentary of the film with another film podcaster and superfan. We namechecked you a number of times and I put the vimeo link in the shownotes. Not sure there’ll be much you haven’t heard but we personalised a bit and here’s the link anyway. All the best!


  10. I just stumbled across your wonderful podcast site (the Craig Barron episode). Terrific, intelligent discussion. I’ve been running a massively detailed (really!) blogsite for 13 years on traditional matte painting and the oft neglected or lost history and artists therein (and other ‘hand made’ vfx – strictly no CGI!) and by coincidence have, among hundreds of posts, have recently done a comprehensive study of all of ILM’s traditional matte shots, with the second extensive part due out shortly.

    I will certainly return to delve deeper, and I’d be happy to plug Craig’s interview. I know him, and he has been most helpful over the years with ‘matte shot matters’.

    All the best from New Zealand


  11. Jaime,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful work! I was hoping for some help, after hearing your interview with Nilo Rodis-Jamero. I am actually seeking his assistance on a current project, but have no way to contact him. Further, my friends from ILM who worked with him in the 80s no longer keep in touch. Would it be possible for you to direct me as to the best way to contact him, either directly or through his agent? Any assistance/direction would be appreciated. Probably best to contact me privately through the email linked to this comment. Thank you so much, and again, wonderful work!

    • Hi. Nilo has asked me not pass on his email address. But I will pass your message onto him.

  12. Heads up, when I followed the link it took me to a porn site. Definitely not a Life Magazine image and NSFW.

  13. Hey there! Was watching your “Jaws” filmumentary just now (20 minutes from the end). It’s been a blast thus far. I love seeing behind-the-scenes footage and photos from great movies. The phone interviews were great, too! I wanted to know, where did you find the footage of the outtake with Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss getting a little tanked up on the wine? (I never even knew about that!)

    Also, on a side note, glad to see I’m not the only one curious about the making of “Sorcerer”. I’ve been trying to track down production photos of it (there are a few floating around that are numbered, leading me to believe there’s gonna be more), gonna call up the Academy Archives today, see if they know of anything. Actually, hell, if you ever do a “Sorcerer” filmumentary, I’d love to track down stuff for it.

    • Hi Pocky,

      I’m glad you found and enjoyed Inside Jaws. It’s already ten years old!

      I have no plans to make any more “unofficial” filmumentaries at the moment. Sorceror would be a cool one but I’m not sure how many resources there are out there.

      • Okie dok, no sweat. Regarding my question about that one Jaws outtake though, would you be willing to reveal where you found it? You could always email me, if it’s super-duper secret or soemthing.

        • Ah yes! That was from a US outtakes show from back in the day. Over here in the UK the show was called “It’ll be alright in the night”.

          • You wouldn’t happen to remember which specific episode or season it was, would you? Otherwise I can just trawl through them all.

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