The Filmumentaries Podcast

Jamie Benning

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.

52 - Book Announcement With Justin Berger51 - Michael Pangrazio - ILM Matte Painter and Weta Art Director50 - Lorne Peterson - Part Two - ILM Chief Model Maker49 - Lorne Peterson - Part One - ILM Chief Model Maker
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 interview with industrial designer Nilo Rodis Jamero (that’s episode 17 from January 2021 if you’d like to take a listen) that he felt compelled to talk to me. He said he found the Nilo episode quite emotional and I quote “I was nearly brought to tears. My voice broke up when I tried to ask my wife for something. It was an epic 33 years with many a milestone along the way and every week brought new adventures, each day actually. We essentially got to live and work in Florence during the Renaisance.”I’d contacted Lorne many months before and when I had no reply I assumed he wasn’t interested. I was so pleased to hear back from him, not only because he is someone whose work I admired immensely but also because an episode of my podcast was the catalyst for him to reply. Happy making.Lorne joined ILM just as Star Wars was being made. He stayed for 33 years. Just think of the titles he worked on and the changes he observed in the industry. Our conversation went on for over two hours, so it will be split up into two episodes for April 2022. The first one right here and the second part will be up by the end of the month.Please share.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)
Apr 19 2022
1 hr 8 mins
48 - Paul Franklin - Senior Visual Effects Consultant at DNEG47 - Sarah Virani - Regent Street Cinema, London.46 - Craig Barron - VFX Guru - Ex ILM and Matte World45 - Garrett Brown - Steadicam Inventor
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 stability of a conventional tripod mount but with the fluid motion of a dolly shot as well as the flexibility of hand-held camera work. Garrett’s incredible invention smoothly follows the operator's broad movements, while the the Steadicam's arm absorbs jerks, bumps, and shakes, while its almost frictionless gimbal gives precise control of the camera and framing. It’s used on everything from film, light entertainment TV shows and just about every sport you can think of.Garrett won a special Academy Award for Science and Technology for his invention. Just to put this into perspective,  winners include those responsible for colour film, Cinescope, IMAX, Avid. All seismic innovations in the industry.Huge thanks to my friend and old colleague Patrick Van Weeran for putting me in touch with Garrett back in 2017 and providing me with some research literature that I wouldn’t have otherwise found. If you’re a patron of $3+ then there is a video version coming soon for you over on patreon.com.Steadicam Demo Reel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtmeGPWLAowSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)
Feb 16 2022
1 hr 27 mins
44 - Frank Pavich - Director of "Jodorowsky's Dune"43 - Jon Spira - Director of Elstree 1976 and Hollywood Bulldogs42 - Turning The Tables - Host Jamie Benning interviewed by Dan Lanigan!41 - John Walsh - Author of Escape from New York - The Official Story of the Film40 - Jay Glennie - Author of amazing movie books on Raging Bull and Trainspotting39 - The $3M Dune Book Sale - With Frank Pavich, Soby and Dan Lanigan
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 book. So if you don’t know this story, I implore you to seek out the 2013 documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune” and watch it before you listen to this podcast.But if you want to go ahead now and listen I’ll give you a quick summary. So back in the mid 1970’s the Chilean-French director and performer Alejandro Jodorowsky became consumed with producing a film version of Frank Herbert’s Dune. He managed to pool the resources of people like Dan O’Bannon, Moebius, Giger and Chris Foss. Much of the talent that went on to work on seminal sci-fi films and indeed inspire a whole generation of filmmakers. So Jodorowsky put together a pitch book. This thing is huge with thousands of illustrations, storyboards, costume designs, architectural designs by these artists with the intention of sending it around all the Hollywood studios to convince them to buy his idea for the movie and let him direct it. Ultimately this endevour failed but its influence still resonates strongly today.One of these hallowed Dune books sold for $42500 in 2019. And on the 22nd November this year another sold but this time it went for $3 Million dollars. All thanks to one man stepping in and buying it on behalf of a collective who at that point had managed to raise $750,000 dollars. (As of today that amount has topped $11M).That man’s name is Soby. He was some what of a mystery to me for several days but I managed to connect with him over twitter (thanks to Will Buxton for the heads up) and we got chatting. He agreed to come on the podcast to talk through just what went down, and WHY!It then occurred to me that I should contact the director of the documentary Jodorwosky’s Dune, a guy called Frank Pavich. Again after a quick search I made contact with Frank and he was also keen to join having seen the story in the press himself.  I then wondered if I could get my friend Dan Lanigan, prop collector and co-creator of Disney+’s Prop Culture. Dan was also very keen and I knew he’d bring his unique perspective to the conversation.To my knowledge somewhat of an exclusive - this is the first podcast interview with Soby regarding the Dune book sale. And to have both Frank and Dan involved is such a treat.LinksWhat is a DAO - https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhackl/2021/06/01/what-are-daos-and-why-you-should-pay-attention/What is crypto currency - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gu2QMTAkEUWhat is blockchain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSo_EIwHSd4What is the Dunning Kruger effect - https://www.britannica.com/science/Dunning-Kruger-effectSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)
Nov 30 2021
1 hr 15 mins
38 - Howard Kazanjian - Producer of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Return Of The Jedi37 - Dune Sound Designers Mark Mangini and Theo Green36 - Sean Barton - Editor of Return of the Jedi, Quadrophenia, Jagged Edge
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 mics (one purchased the day before because my spare was failing to work) a mic-stand and a list of general topics that I wanted to talk about. Actually I only looked at the list for the first question and the rest of the conversation flowed rather nicely. He really is such a nice man and so easy to talk with.If you don’t know him by name, you’ll certainly know him by his work. Sean edited the seminal cult film Quadraphina for Frank Roddam, he then teamed up with Richard Marquand for Birth of the Beatles, Eye of the Needle and in 1981 they both began work on the last film in the Star Wars trilogy. A little independent film called Return of the Jedi. You may have heard of it.Both Richard and Sean worked together again on the psychological thriller Jagged Edge, starring Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges. I re-watched all of the above in preparation for the chat and I was surprised to find how fresh Jagged Edge felt. Of it’s time for sure, but it still works. It was clearly the proto erotic-psycological thriller that lead to a slew of them in the 90s. Despite the fact there isn’t much eroticism in Jagged edge. Enjoy. And please do SHARE!https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1672915Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)
Oct 15 2021
1 hr 37 mins
35 - Colin Goudie - Editor of Monsters and Rogue One34 - Gabriel Hardman - Comic Book and Storyboard Artist - Logan, Interstellar, Inception, Aliens Dust to Dust33 - Gary Rydstrom - Oscar Winning Sound Designer - Jurassic Park, T2, Saving Private Ryan