Photo by C. Taylor Crothers © Phish
All the hard work has resulted not just in a thrilling movie-going experience but also the most intimate view yet of the band at work. This is the first time fans can see guitarist Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Page McConnell, bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman up-close as they perform: guitar nerds will flip to see Anastasio’s intricate shredding skills; tight shots of drummer Jon Fishman make it seem like the viewer is actually sitting with him in the drum kit. “That was the whole goal,” says executive producer Jeff Lewis. “Whether it’s allowing you to see their facial expressions or guitar frets of the band communicating while they're playing, you don’t get that in the live situation.
Over the course of the three-day weekend, the crew captured 17 hours of live music, and much of that was left on the cutting room floor, including backstage and rehearsal footage. (Miller says the band was closely involved in editing the movie: “We had a lead-in with B-roll shots and they said they didn’t want them in there. They wanted it to be just about the concert. That’s what they were going for.”) But Miller notes that there is potential this footage will make it to DVD, or to another theatrical release. “We’re talking to the band about that now,” he says. “There’s a lot of work that we have. It could be another feature or a DVD, but that’s really up to the band now.”
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