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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.

The Filmumentaries Podcast Jamie Benning

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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.

    Helen O'Hara - Film Journalist And Author of Women Vs Hollywood

    Helen O'Hara - Film Journalist And Author of Women Vs Hollywood

    For episode 25 I had the distinct pleasure of talking to film journlist (for Empire Magazine among others) and author of the new book "Women Vs Hollywood - The Fall and Rise of Women in Film."

    I spoke to Helen the morning after the Oscars, in which of course Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao won the best picture award for Nomadland. Lets hope we are at the beginning of something great for female filmmakers.

    Helen's book can be purchased here - https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/9781472144430



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    • 54 min
    Peter Macdonald - Second Unit Director, Cinematographer, Director.

    Peter Macdonald - Second Unit Director, Cinematographer, Director.

    For this episode, number 24 (April 2021), I have a conversation with director Peter Macdonald. Peter was in fine fettle and was happy to answer all and any questions I had about his career as a cameraman, a cinematographer, a second unit director and a director.

    I would love to talk with Peter some more as it’s clear he has so many more stories about working with some of the great actors and directors of cinema. Including Attenborough, Guinness, Harris, Forman, Borman, Henson, Donner, Lucas, Kershner, Fossie, Bowie, Hackman, Minnelli, Striesand, Burton. Just incredible really.

    Check out Peter's extensive list of work on IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003423/

    Also a nice article about Peter here on the British Cinematrorapher site -  https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/clapperboard-peter-macdonald-bsc-dga/
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Madelyn Most - Second Assistant Camera - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back...

    Madelyn Most - Second Assistant Camera - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back...

    For Episode 23 I spoke with camera assistant Madelyn Most. Listed as “second assistant camera” on both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Madelyn offers another unique perspective from within the 70’s and 80’s film industry. Despite that period of  the industry being dominated by men, I didn’t want my podcast to be. So I was glad to be able to reach Madelyn.  Hearing the point of view of a woman who worked in a sexist industry at a time when representations of women were typically what we might now call problematic is part of the education I wanted for myself in doing this podcast. These aren’t the stories that are widely told and they are important. Madelyn's partner director Peter Macdonald is my guest on episode 24 coming later this month (April 202....1)
    Robert Watts - A Life in Film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uRTQjUdEyg
    Women Behind the Camera - https://womenbehindthecamera.co.uk/
    Director Peter Macdonald - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003423/
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ivor Powell - Associate Producer of Alien and Blade Runner

    Ivor Powell - Associate Producer of Alien and Blade Runner

    Episode 22 is my conversation with associate producer and writer Ivor Powell. Ivor worked for many years with RSA, though his career started working in the press department on 2001: A Space Odyssey for Stanley Kubrick. 

    Ivor more recently co-wrote a script for a forthcoming film, BIOS, which will be the subject of both a forthcoming video and podcast episode.

    The video version of part 1 of my chat with Ivor can be found here - https://vimeo.com/410802693
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pat McClung - Visual Effects Supervisor

    Pat McClung - Visual Effects Supervisor

    For episode 21 of The Filmumentaries Podast I spoke with model maker and visual effects supervisor Patrick McClung.

    Pat has worked in the industry since 1979 on some of the biggest films of the last 40 years. Including The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, Ghostbusters, Die Hard, The Abyss... the list just goes on and on.

    I hope you enjoy it.
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Gavin Rothery - Director of Archive (2020). VFX on Moon (2009)

    Gavin Rothery - Director of Archive (2020). VFX on Moon (2009)

    In February 2021 I spoke with Gavin Rothery, Director of "Archive" (2020). He was also the production designer and VFX supervisor on Duncan Jones's "Moon" (2009).

    Gav is a real creative force of nature and I'm sure we'll be seeing his name connected to some big projects in the not to distant future.

    Check out Archive on your favourite streaming service.

    Here's the trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0J0BwIzURI

    You can become part of the Filmumentaries family at https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning

    And the Ivor Powell documentary I mentioned in the outro is available here - https://vimeo.com/410802693
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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Mark "tet421" T. ,

This is THE podcast for film buffs!

Was Star Wars: The Making of the Movie Step-Up book from 1980 your “blu-ray special feature?” Have you watched “From Star Wars to Jedi” and “Classic Creatures” more than the actual movies themselves? Have you lost count on how many times you’ve read J.W. Rinzler’s “Making Of” books? Are commentary tracks one of the main reasons you buy DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s? If so, then the Fiilmumentaries podcast by Jamie Benning is for you. He brought us the amazing Star Wars, Jaws, and Raiders Filmumentaries and is now bringing us this amazing podcast. These aren’t fan opinions, conjecture, or theories. These are the stories from the artists and technicians who actually did the work involved in bringing you the movies you love to watch over and over again. This is THE podcast for film buffs, give it a listen today!

Aggiefuzz97 ,

Absolutely not to be missed.

There aren’t many people more knowledgeable than Mr. Benning. His super informative and enjoyable show just brings to life all these movies (Star Wars, Raiders, heck, even the Muppets) that we’ve loved for so long. If you’re not subscribed this show, you’re really missing out.

sathom8 ,

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Stumbled upon this podcast and really enjoying them! Helps me switch out of work mode and relax listening to such unique characters and different/unique points of view. Highly recommend giving it a try

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