Jamie Benning, the creator of the amazing fan-made Star Wars Begins that was released early last year, has just completed his latest “filmumentary”: a comprehensive look back at the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas‘ blockbuster 1981 paean to the swashbuckling adventure flicks of yesteryear that introduced audiences to the one and only Indiana Jones, compiled from vintage audio and video interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and much more.
Now the finished product, Raiding The Lost Ark, is available for viewing online. You can watch the full, 143-minute video here below.
Here are some comments from Benning on his latest documentary endeavor:
Thanks to the coverage Star Wars Begins [Benning’s previous filmumentary] had received since February 2011, as well as a very generous group of Indy fans, this project has been far more collaborative than my previous efforts. Fans have sent me videos, stills, comic books, details and offers to create animations and even artwork for postcards and posters. I am eternally grateful to them and they all feature on a quite extensive Raiding credits roll.
Raiding has taken ten months to complete. My close friends and family thought I was mad to embark on something so soon after completing my own Star Wars trilogy (of sorts). But having ‘come out’ to so many friends and colleagues, and having made so many contacts, it seemed like an opportunity to prove that the filmumentary format could work for another classic blockbuster in my top five film list. Raiding is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work: researching, interviewing, editing, tweaking and agonising.
For fans of the Indiana Jones franchise Raiding The Lost Ark is simply essential viewing.