The Filmumentaries Podcast

The Filmumentaries Podcast

Look no further if you want knowledgeable in-depth conversations between film historian Jamie Benning and some of the greatest artists in all the movie making crafts from effects to editing, stunts to storyboards.

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June 15, 2022 67 min
This episode I have a returning guest, Jon Spira who directed Elstree 1976 and Hollywood Bulldogs is back to talk about his new series streaming on Britbox, namely Reel Britannia.
Jon has written and directed this himself and it’s a blast. I’m fortunate enough to have watched the first three episodes before I spoke to Jon. The fourth episode is just being finished up as I speak.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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So this is not a typical episode. While I do have a guest, he does not work in the film industry. He is however a big fan of Star Wars, who like me, enjoys channelling his love for these films into something creative.

Justin Berger is the author of The Empire Strikes Back Unauthorized Timeline 1975 - 2020. It’s a reference book that catalogues all the major and minor dates surrounding the inception, pre production, production and af...
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Today I have an amazing guest, an exclusive of sorts, because he really hasn’t done many interviews over the years…. Namely ILM matte painter and Weta art director Michael Pangrazio. Now if you recognise that name you’ll know that Michael is responsible for some incredible works of art from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Dragon Slayer, Willow, it’s another long list. He also co-founded Matte W...
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Welcome to episode 50. Five zero of The Filmumentaries Podcast. Fifty… So after just over two years I’ve hit the podcast has hit middle age. And you know what, it’s feels pretty good. Thanks for all your support over the past 24 months. I really do appreciate it, especially those that have been able to support the podcast.

Ok, so if you heard episode 49, you’ll know that it was the first of a two parter with ILM’s chief model maker ...
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For this episode, number 49 you’ll hear my conversation with a founding member of Industrial Light and Magic, who has brought an immeasurable amount of skill and artistry not only to the original Star Wars trilogy, but also to the prequels, Indiana Jones, Men in Black, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, E.T. The list is immense. The man I speak of is ILM former Chief Model Maker Lorne Peterson. Lorne was so taken with my inte...
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In February 2020 I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow Brit, Senior Visual Effects Consultant Paul Franklin.Paul famously worked with director Chris Nolan on both Inception and Interstellar. He won a BAFTA for his work on Inception and an Academy award for both Inception and Interstellar.Early in his career he was a videotape editor, then he worked for Psygnosis, the video game developer and publisher. Finally arriving in film...
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This episode is my conversation with Sarah Virani, Partnerships and Marketing Manager at Regent Street Cinema. Sarah contacted me on social media with the intention of getting the message out about this lovely little cinema in London. Full disclosure, I was offered complimentary tickets for a screening, but I haven’t taken Sarah up on that offer. What really  interested me was the historical aspects of the theatre. As you’ll hear, ...
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For this episode I have a conversation with VFX guru Craig Barron. Craig started his career in the effects industry as a young man at ILM. You’ll love his story about how he got there. Years later he went on to co-found Matte World and then became creative director at Magnopus.He began  at ILM in time to work on The Empire Strikes Back. Later he worked for Martin Scorcese on Casino and a million and one movies in between . Craig al...
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February 16, 2022 87 min
For this episode, number 45, February 2022, I have another film legend, Garrett Brown.If that’s not a name you recognise, you will know his work. Garrett invented the steadicam. He also operated it over 100 films, most notably for me, Rocky, The Shining, and Return of the Jedi. Three very different films and three completely difference applications of the steadicam.The steadicam of course is a camera stabilising system, with the st...
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For this episode number 44, I have documentary director Frank Pavich. Frank appeared along with Dan Lanigan and Soby on episode 39 in November 2021, in which we discussed the purchase of the Jodorowsky’s Dune book. A story which has been picked up again by the press just in the past week or so.  I may not have got the hits, but I got the scoop!The documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, which Frank Pavich directed has been favourite of mine...
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For this episode, number 43 I spoke with documentary director Jon Spira.I became aware of Jon’s work in 2015 with the release of Elstree 1976. A broad look at the men and women who were tucked away, far far away, in the back ground of some of the shots in Star Wars. They were often extras and masked characters that we didn't even know were there. His film is a kind of microcosm of celebrity culture and how being on the peripher...
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My friend and colleague Jason Henry, director of Disney+'s Prop Culture, suggested that he should interview me for my own podcast. A "getting to know Jamie Benning episode" he said.  I was reluctant at first, but Jason assured me that my listeners would be interested in hearing my story.  The day before we were due to record, Jason suggested our mutual friend and presenter of Prop Culture, Dan Lanigan should host th...
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Bonus episode.I released episode 40 today. My conversation with author John Glennie. But as it's close to Christmas, I thought "what the heck"... lets put out episode 41 too.Both are with authors of great movie books that you should be adding to your Christmas list.So, here's my chat with author John Walsh about his new book Escape from New York The Official Story of the Film, available now!Twitter - @walshbrosB...
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Welcome to episode 40 of The Filmumentaries Podcast.Now I am a lover of movie books. I own a lot of them. I have owned more than I now have. Some favourites include Alan Arnold’s Once Upon a Galaxy - The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, Paul Sammon’s Future Noir - The making of Blade Runner, Steven Bach’s – Final Cut. So many to name. But what I didn’t know, I am embarrassed to say, that I had no idea about fellow Brit author Jay...
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This is the second episode in a matter of two days. I only just released episode 38 with Howard Kazanjian yesterday. BUT I felt the need to get this episode and it’s story out there because it’s one that I’ve been chasing since 22nd Nov 2021.It started while I was at work at F1 talking with my friend Will Buxton. Will is a presenter and a big movie fan and we got talking about the imminent auction for the Jodorowsky’s Dune pitch bo...
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For this episode I’ve got well known producer Howard Kazanjian. Its name I’ve been familiar with for many decades now having seen it on the credits of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. I’d heard sometime last year that Howard was releasing a book about his career, to be penned by the then very ill J W Rinzler. Jonathan of course appeared on this podcast back on episode 11 while he was being treated for cancer. Then Jo...
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For this episode, number 37, November 2021, I have a real treat. You will not have failed to notice that Denis Villeneuve's Dune has finally arrived. Back on episode 16, I interviewed sound designer Mark Mangini about his career and his work on Blade Runner 2049. We stayed in touch and I asked if he’d be willing to come back to talk about his new work on Dune. He then introduced me to his colleague Theo Green, also a sound desi...
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So for this episode, I went out into the wide world and actually did an in-person interview. I reached out to editor Sean Barton via IMDB Pro. Actually my first time using the site. So that’s a 1 for 1 hit rate so far. As a hater of Zoom, Sean was very gracious in inviting me to his house on the other side of London. Both of us are double vaccinated and LFT’s were done beforehand just to be sure. So I rocked up with two Zoom H2 mic...
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So… for this episode I have the pleasure of talking to the editor of Monsters and Rogue One, the always great Colin Goudie. We speak at some length (I think it was 2.5 hours) which I’ve edited down to about 2 hours. It’s still long, but well worth your time. Colin is a veteran of BBC dramas and documentaries and is very well regarded in the industry. You’ll hear as we chat that Colin brings his intelligence and humour to everything...
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For this episode I have Gabriel Hardman.  Now Gabriel and I got in touch over Twitter, thanks to good guy Duncan Fegredo. I didn't actually know much about Gabriel, but after some  searching online I found that I was in fact aware of some of his work. He's a comic book artist and writer. And he’s also a very sought after storyboard artist. So I got in touch with Gabriel and immediately it was obvious that he was a good guy ...
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