Watch: Fan creates elaborate 'Jaws' documentary

05:00 AM, Jun 20, 2013

Jamie Benning has made a fan film about Spielberg's 'Jaws.' filmumentaries.com/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Have you ever seen a “filmumentary”?

Jamie Benning is a movie lover who specializes in elaborate documentaries — he calls them “filmumentaries” — about his favorite movies. By placing rare audio and new interviews over footage, stills and animation, he has crafted high-quality fan films about Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi and other classics.

Benning just released his latest project, a feature-length doc about Jaws. (He posts all of his movies online for free and emphasizes that he makes no money from the unauthorized works.) I’ll admit I had some doubts about this at first, but Benning does a good job of curating all the Jaws material out there.

Benning says he spent 16 months “trawling, reading, spooling, skyping, chatting, interviewing, editing and refining” to make the movie. More of his work can be seen via his Vimeo profile.