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By Jeff Denis
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About this project

Making this movie has so far been a labor of love.

To finally give birth to Marillion & Fans: The movie, I need your help, I need you to invest in it, to pre-order it!

I need money!!!

Thanks to the band’s willingness to answer my questions, the management’s decision to cope with me, the specialists’ interest in analyzing the phenomenon for the sake of history, and the fans’ generosity in opening their hearts to tell their touching stories, I have gathered a whole lot of fabulous material. Enough to make what I humbly think will be an amazing movie!

Now I must edit the movie, a long process, especially given the amount of footage I am dealing with, that I will undertake with a professional editor and long-time friend of mine.

I also have to go through the music licensing process, for which discussions have been opened with the band’s manager, but that will also include negotiations with EMI.

More than just a wink to Marillion’s groundbreaking way of doing business with its fans, I am launching this Kickstarter project to simply financially support the finishing of the film.

As for the story behind the movie, its making of, here goes:

It was in my first high school years, somewhere around 1983, if I remember well, that I was momentarily distracted from the girls by the discovery of Script For a Jester’s Tear. After introducing me to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Supertramp and Led Zeppelin, my dear cousin and vinyl pusher of the time thought I would probably like the sound of Marillion. He could not have been more spot on!

So much that in the same year, he accepted to take me with him to l’Univers, a small bar in the lower part of my hometown, Québec City. There, I was to see a concert of the band that I henceforth considered my favorite. I was not allowed to drink – I was still way under aged! – but I got drunk on the music! My first show ever but certainly not my last…

Of all the music that I was listening to back in the days, it was only Marillion’s that provided me with sheer joy and profound melancholy, that got me falling into deep trance or spurred moments of raging madness. It was also through their songs that I acquired a bad habit for air-drum and/or air-guitar… it even got me singing, which was not necessarily good news for the ones around me.

Ever since that first gig I attended illegally, the Jester’s music escorted me through life and its key moments. Without even realizing it, Marillion’s sound was feeding my ambitions, driving my passions, giving rhythm to my love stories, echoing the conflicts with my parents and sowing chaos in my studies. It moved me, literally and figuratively.

During these years of conflict and solitude, some other escape doors opened. I stepped in. I stepped out. I pressed play. Marillion saved my life. Just like a girlfriend whom you need so much that you suddenly feel the urge to live. I was in love!

I had many a date with Marillion, whom I eventually introduced my friends to, before reaching the point where I could not attend a party without. I was madly in love!!!

Three decades later, I can say Marillion is, to date, my longest relationship...

To sustain the relationship, I needed money, all of which I invariably spent on music. It comes as no surprise that my first job was at a record store… where I eventually worked 13 years. Beginning in the late 80s, and all the way through the 90s, I thus sold hundreds, if not thousands of vinyl records, then cassettes, and eventually, CDs. My past customers will forgive me for having promoted Marillion whenever I felt it was appropriate. Kind of always…

Our store also held VHS, and Laserdiscs, for those who remember. On the long run, I must admit that if my interest for music remained steady, I was getting more and more into cinema. I remember candidly believing that movie making could bring the kind of professional stability that music never provided me with. Yeah, I also had a band… but our music barely echoed out of the garage!

To make a long story short, one day, I traded my drum set for a 16mm Bolex camera. To be honest, I have not settled down one bit. But I'm not complaining, on the contrary…

Even as a cinematographer, I could not let go of music. That is how I ventured in the making of song videos. Since then, I have directed a dozen. None of Marillion’s, mind you! Still, the desire to make a movie about my favorite band, be it short or long, has always been there, on top of my professional fantasies list. But what about? The band? The music? The fans?!?

With colleagues, friends and fellow Marillion aficionados, we would often discuss at length about the singularity of the famous conventions; A weekend long event, where the fans from all over the world gather, and the band mingles like no other in the business… I do not know if I realized how exceptional it is at that time, but I do know I couldn’t wait for the next convention! I decided to bring my camera…

Back home, I started talking with people I met who did not know the band that much. Telling them about the whole Marillion experience sort of caught their attention. And through sales pitching the idea of making a movie, I deepened my researches, getting to know more and more about the story of a band that has done – and continues doing – things in the most original way!

It was by hinting at the crowd funded U.S. tour of 1997, I believe, that I sparked the most interest in my partners. It was on Wikipedia and all. They thought that besides the music, for which they all nevertheless fell, the story of this very significant event for the music business had to be told. In hindsight, it made me want to do a movie not about the band, nor the fans, but about the absolutely unique relationship that ties them, me included, one-to-another.

From this point on, I knew my movie would tell of a love story…

Risks and challenges

I am not devising the machine – nor the app, for that matter – that will allow us to travel back in time. What I mean to say by that is the risks of this venture are rather limited compared to other great Kickstarter projects you can find on here. The images that I recorded in the past four years – the raw material, so to speak – all have been copied on three different hard-drives, which are now safely stored in three different cities. Yeah, I am brave, but not reckless! The challenge I do face is one of time frame. Editing the movie – not to mention coloring and sound mixing – could take up to two months, starting at the end of this campaign. Then the licensing of the music included in the final version of the film could also be time consuming. Even if I have already opened the talks on this matter, the process is rather complex, and of the utmost importance. I have set the delivery date consequently, and comfortably, at the end of April… which coincides with the next Montréal weekend, one of the most important event of 2015 for Marillion fans!

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