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Sébastien SigautBy Sébastien Sigaut
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Sébastien SigautBy Sébastien Sigaut
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AMIS FRANÇAIS, UN LIEN VERS LE PROJET

Mae Govannen dear readers!

First of all, I wanted to say a big thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to click on the link leading to this project ; or thank you for your curiosity, that lead you on this page after reading the name of Tolkien.

Who am I?

I swear, sometimes I'm up to work! ©Baptiste Pérez
I swear, sometimes I'm up to work! ©Baptiste Pérez

By way of introduction, my name is Sébastien Sigaut-Mañas; and I am 25 years old today, the 26th of June 2017. I’ve been a journalist for a few years now, and I live in the South of France, somewhere between Nice and the Italian border, to tell you everything!

If we meet here, you and I, it’s because the name of Tolkien means something to us. I do not know how much Tolkien means to you, but know that for me, it’s a daily business for more than a decade now...

As I told you in the video above, I discovered the Professor during a special time, when I really needed it. A time when the words of your loved ones, friends, and even family are not enough to help you go through your struggles.

10 years old. That’s the age I was when I discovered the existence of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. If we calculate this, it was only 15 years ago. To my life’s scale, it is very important, yet it can seem so little, as some of you were already speaking fluent Quenya when I only was in my cradle…

At the time, a film director was releasing the first movie of a now very famous saga throughout the entire world; But at the time, the most experienced of you probably had already read The Silmarillion, and analyzed each and every aspect of it; Some animated movies swept you away visually; You were reading The Letters from Father Christmas each Winter, and falling back into your childhood with the first images of Mr. Bliss

Here are the reasons that are leading me today to let go of everything that I could do until now, to focus on the production of a 52-minute documentary : TOLKIEN TALKS.

Why 52 ? Because it’s a TV standard for television broadcasts and documentaries, and I want it to be seen by another audience, in a second time ! 

This 52-minute documentary, what will it be about? 

That’s obviously the subject of this crowdfunding campaign! 

Many brilliant things, and sometimes less brilliant, were created about Tolkien. After watching a lot of documentaries, I found myself with one question in my mind:

1973 is the year that Tolkien left us. Everything that has been done, has been dedicated to him. As the person, genius and pioneer of modern fantasy he was.

But who are the people that allowed his legacy to live on, long after his death? 

- More than 40 years after his death to be precise!

I discovered the author he was, thanks to the cinematic adaptation of Peter Jackson that was just coming to the screens of the entire world. A friend of mine recommended that I watch this first movie, that was a part of a coming trilogy, because «I would probably like it»!  

For once, we can stop at certainties! Yes, that universe delighted me, but at the time, I did not know about the literary works. I then hastened to buy the trilogy, in a shameful pocket edition! Well, shameful considering the format of the books, but you can all imagine that the content of it totally met my expectations

10 years old, 11 years old, 15 years old, 18 years old… time flies, and this universe, that I discovered during a cinema session for 5,5 euros (those were the prices back then!), kept broadening, and enriching day by day. Thanks to my readings, and my encounters...

The poster of the documentary. Logo by artist BEN MAY
The poster of the documentary. Logo by artist BEN MAY

Because yes, what I am talking about, are the encounters!

This documentary will make you travel. I am putting my hopes into you, to carry on this project all the way.

The heroes of this documentary, all carry Tolkien in their hearts. Some of these protagonists are still unaware that they are (protagonists), and this is the beauty and the challenge that is imposed on me. 

To prepare this film will be a quest, a quest among those who have allowed this literature and the universe of Tolkien to last, to continue even. 

Obviously, I hope more than anything to be able to spend a moment with the Tolkien family that is today in charge of a worldwide heritage: The Tolkien Estate Company. 

Christopher, who knew how to follow in his father's footsteps, and Priscilla are two key characters that I will not disappoint for anything in the world. 

I, of course, intend to go looking for artists! Those who allowed us to put a face on a name, a fortress on a description...Those who are bringing and sharing their vision of this special world, that we all appropriated in a certain way, for years.

The linguists, the specialists, will be able to explain the reasons that fascinated so many of us...The reasons that sometimes compelled us to learn the precepts of fictional languages, but whose complex roots still have secrets to reveal...You, who read these lines, may be a part of a Tolkien Society throughout the four corners of the world! 

Then, we will obviously be interested in cinema! I'm not here to revive a war between book lovers and those who only swear by the movies...I discovered this extraordinary author thanks to the movies of Peter Jackson, a Tolkien enthusiast himself! We will not forget the crucial importance in Pop culture, of the works of Ralph Bakshi nor the duo Rankin/bass, with the animation films from the 70's/80's... 

And if there’s a last person not to forget, I think that it’s you. Or me. Well, us, the fans! I cannot imagine creating this documentary without sharing with you the thoughts of some fans, scattered around the world. 

And then I will take the time to dream (there is no harm to have fun!), and to make you wonder, with collections that are out of the ordinary. I, for example, think of the Greisinger Museum, hidden in Jenins, Switzerland, which has the biggest Tolkien universe related collection in the world… 

Anyway, we have a lot of people to meet! And as all of these people don’t live at the same floor of one single building (even though that would be extremely practical!), I will have to travel across the world to cross their path! 

Who will be involved in this adventure?

Be reassured, I will not be all alone for this insane project. I was already picturing you being worried about giving anything to a 25-year-old Hobbit, embarking himself on rather wacky journey!

For the image! In terms of framing, and as a duo for each stage of the shooting that we will go through, here is ARNAUD LANGELLA, cameraman. he agreed to follow me all around the world. Arnaud has worked on several productions, short and medium-length films, commercials, and also as a sound technician for a radio. He is a multi-skilled and competent crewman.

Arnaud Langella, Cameraman
Arnaud Langella, Cameraman

As designer of the poster and of the logo: BEN MAY, a young artist living in Oxford. I met this phenomenon during a visit to Hobbiton in New Zealand. That is no joke. I did not think for a second when it was time to find the right person to create the designs, artwork, and some other creations. He is also the author of the quiz-book BEHIND THE MASK that you can also find as a mobile application

Ben May, drawer, designer.
Ben May, drawer, designer.

 

As for the sound creation, mix, and mastering, I present you a hairy duo: PIERRE-RENÉ BEDELL and ALEXANDRE LAMIA.

Pierre-René is an author-composer and writer. He is a member of a band named Contre-Temps, for whom he has written some songs, and he has also composed many songs for the broadcast / documentary channel called J’aime pas l’Actu. His creations can be heard on Soundcloud and on his website!

Pierre-René Bedell, composer
Pierre-René Bedell, composer

 

Alexandre Lamia is the youngest member of this clique! He is just 21 years old, but already proved his quality as an artist, a composer and arranger, and that many times. Whether it's about animated short-movies, or arrangement for film music, or an album that revisits the greatest hits of Al di Meola... He is the fancy touch that you absolutely must discover. The music you can hear in the background of the presentation video is made by him. You should have a look at his Youtube Channel!

Alexandre Lamia, composer.
Alexandre Lamia, composer.
 

Now, let’s talk about the budget !

I’ve never been a reference in high school when it came to Mathematics. Fortunately, the only calculations we have to make here are additions!

Before starting, I’ll let you have a look to these two charts. It’s a simplified schema of the expenses we’ll have to face during this journey!

Obviously, these amounts can change, evolve. But overall, we’re not far from truth!

 The target of this crowdfunding campaign is 15.000 euros (100%)

  • 8.000 euros: Trips, and travels generated by the documentary. Two people travelling for each step of the shooting. This amount includes the entire trips (Flights, trains, car rentals, hostels, car trips and fuel) to different countries like The US, England, Switzerland, Holland, New-Zealand, France, etc.
  • 3.000 euros: Salaries. Four people will work on different parts of the production. 1.000 euros for the music composers / 1.000 euros for the designer-drawer / 1.000 euros for the cameraman-technician who will follow me in each step. I know that these amounts are not as high as deserved by the artists, but if we reach the 200% goal, that will change! 
  • 2.500 euros: Equipment, professional microphones, services (recording studio for the narration, Drone professionals, etc.)
  • 1.500 euros: DVD pressing and printings.
Okay, it sounds great! But we already are reaching 15.000 euros and there is no money allowed for the screening in Paris and the pre-screening ceremony? And it’s in the rewards!

IT'S TRUE ! But no worries. It's a personal commitment! This event will take place in all cases. 

Obviously, if we explode the first level and attain the 200% target (30.000 euros), many things will change! You can call this chart a preview:
  • 2.000 euros: Rental of a movie theatre in Paris for the premiere screening !
  • 1.000 euros: Kickstarter fees !
  • 5.000 euros: Salary increase for all of the people working on the project.
  • 5.000 euros: a double-DVD with bonuses and exclusive interviews.
  • 2.000 euros: Last minute expenses.  

What did I do before ?

If it draws your attention, and may reassure you, I’m not going to start an adventure that I will not have thought about!

But after years and many experiences... I made a simple observation : Without monetary investment, even by putting the best will in the world, any project has its shortcomings!

Most of the time, technical issues. Because even if your project is a video, it doesn’t come without sound, music, mastering, editing, calibration, or communication (if you want it to be seen by an audience wider than your family)!

In November 2016, I was releasing my first documentary: Unexpected Iceland. A 30-minute movie, written, shot, edited, all by myself with no money. If this doc is «okay» to me, at the scale of my YouTube channel with its few thousands followers...I want the next one to be perfect. 

I want you to have no regrets after giving me your trust, your help, and your money...

THANK YOU.

A last thank you to Stéphanie Schmidt, aka Syf Cosplay, and Lily Milos for the translation. To Julie Meunier from LES FRANJYNES for her time, and Bernd Greisinger for some advices (and more to come). 

Risks and challenges

The main challenge will be to convince the Tolkien family, and THE Tolkien Estate Company to be involved in this project. Or at least, to have their blessing!

It will take an entire year to shoot the interviews, edit the documentary, and propose something great by the end of 2018.

Thank you for your trust. You can contact me at tolkientalks@gmail.com for (even) more information!

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