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Ericzone is the signature to a variety of projects related to the film, music, arts and multimedia. Ericzone also find strength in collaboration and thrives on projects that instigate positive social change.

Pittcon Article and SiliCycle video interview by Ericzone

Eric Mailhot pittcon-interview-thumbI have a question for you. Is it possible to write and article about writing an article? I’m sure It must have been done already, but I’m just not certain that I should. I mean, how self-centered does one have to be in order to go ahead with that kind of crazy idea? The reason why I’m asking you this is because early March 2019, I had the opportunity to film and to conduct an interview with Adrian Villanueva, commercial representative for SiliCycle in Latin America. The purpose of the video interview, aside from creating some original marketing content for SiliCycle, was to accompany an article which i also took upon myself to write. And so, I guess you now see my conundrum. Should I write an blog about writing an article? I’m still not convinced that I should. But, since you’ve gotten this far in reading this post, I guess that I should keep writing and tell you more.

The interviews

This multimedia publication had the objective of promoting SiliCycle‘s presence at Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia and to also promote the expo itself. For that purpose, I was referred to a contact at Pittcon by Geneviève Gingras, head of marketing at SiliCycle. Kimberley Palastro, marketing coordinator at Pittcon  was very kind to look into our questions and to send me the responses given by her people. Along with Adrian Villanueva’s video interview, those answers became the backbone of the article. They also added a fascinating look into the history of the annual Pittcon conferences which, by the way, have been held since February 1950!

Adrian Villanueva, for someone who says that he doesn’t particularly enjoy being in front of the camera, really looked natural and seems content with the outcome of the interview. I’ve always been a proponent of using audiovisual mediums as tools to better understand oneself, both inwards and the outward shell. For example, I’ve always seen the Ericzone Podcast (a mostly french web show that i host) as a mirror to better see myself. Each podcast episode enables me to pinpoint my mistakes and to figure out what I need to do to get better at expressing myself. Truthfully, I didn’t like my own voice in this latest interview. Taking notes!

About the video equipment

SiliCycle marketing department has this great Nikon D7100 which I’m only now starting to truly appreciate. Without getting into too much technical stuff, the camera is well appreciated in the audiovisual community and does quite well for any occasion. For the audio recording part, a Senheiser e835 microphone was used, onto which a SiliCycle mic flag was added. A few feet away at the end of the xlr cable, a Zoom H5 gave me a quality recording for the interview.

Salutations to Kimberley Palastro at Pittcon and to the other collaborators in the article. Thank you Adrian Villanueva for participating in the interview. Thanks to my colleagues Gabrielle, Geneviève, Mathieu and Valerie for their helping hand. I invite you to take a look at the article on SiliCycle’s website and to watch the interview video on their YouTube page. For more about SiliCycle, visit their Facebook page or their website. For more information about Pittcon, here’s a link to his website. As always, I invite you to consult my portfolio at www.ericzone.com and to visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click like. You can also find me on YouTube. Have you sent me a contact request on Linkedin?

 

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Jean-Charles Bedard Painting by Eric Mailhot

eric-mailhot-february-2019-icon-ericzoneMy grandfather had his 100th birthday on September 8th, 2018 and passed away on January 7th, 2019. My mother and my aunt were with him during the night and i received the call early in the morning. The news did not hurt me as much as I thought it should have, to the point where I almost felt ashamed. It then dawned on me that I had, unconsciously and preemptively, been processing my grief while creating his portrait. The artwork is based on a photo I took of him during Xmas 2017 and is my first true attempt at a classical, figurative and large-scale painting. It is only fitting that this depiction would be of my grand-father, Jean-Charles Bédard.

About the process

The whole process began in the cold month of March of 2018. In order to prepare myself, I sketched and painted two portraits onto smaller canvases. The purpose was warm up my dexterous fingers,  but more importantly, to better acquaint myself with my grandfather’s face and to figure out certain technical details before moving onto the larger canvas. (see my Behance page for more images during the creative process)

jcbedard 9avril2019For this project, I also wanted to have my first attempt at gold leaf gilding. I had initially been interested by the idea of gold leaf by watching a BBC documentary about the color gold, in which the famous Richard II portrait is shown. Created in the 1390’s by a forgotten artist, this artwork (today exhibited at Westminster Abbey) was instrumental in my quest to understand this process. After watching a few videos on YouTube and doing some preliminary tests on other paintings, I was confident in my ability to make good use of this fascinating method for this project. The effect of the gold looks heavenly, akin to what the medieval churches of Europe hoped to achieve in their holy depictions hundreds of years ago.

Another significant actor in the painting is the blue window. This important element not only creates duality through the color symmetry and opposite light sources, but it also conveys the symbolic idea of time by adding depth of field to the portrait. As a teenager, I had friends that lived in the house that is seen in the window. So, on a deeper and personal level, the blue house encompasses those uneasy emotions we feel, looking back on life. The window also might represent mortality and the afterlife, which adds another level of conceptual contrast. In any case, whatever direction you choose to look at it, life or death, this painting is about contemplating time.

Fine art should always be in line with an intellectual pursuit that either stems from or brings about each given project. I’m a firm believer that art should always convey some form of social commentary. That is why I’m not a fan of purely decorative art.

A life story

Back in 2006, at the behest of my mother, I had interviewed my grandfather over the course of a few recording sessions. The stories of his life are very inspirational and helped me a great deal to push ahead in those late evenings where fatigue gnawed relentlessly at my artistic resolve. Hours of recording tell of his life as a kid growing up in Quebec city, then of his draft in the army onto the war in Europe and his later years as a family man. I hope to some day create a graphic novel out of those priceless recordings and to highlight his contribution to Canada’s historical heritage in the second world war.

A bit of history

Interesting fact, this was not the first painting of Jean-Charles Bédard. Following the end of the second world war, my grandfather was stationed on Wangerooge island as part of the allied occupation army. I believe that it was around that time that he had his portrait done by J. Menzel, a European artist in 1945.

I invite you to have a look at my Behance page to see a few more photos. You can find images of my other paintings on Behance and on Deviantart. As always, I invite you to have a look at  www.ericzone.com and to visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click «Like». You can also find me on YouTube. Ericzone is on Instagram. Have you sent me a contact request on LinkedIn?

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Ericzone Podcast: Épisode 13: Audrey Beaumont-Drouin

Ericzone Podcast: Épisode 13 (Fr)
12 septembre 2018

Passionnée par les causes environnementales, Audrey Beaumont-Drouin fait partie de la prochaine génération d’agriculteurs dans la région de Québec. Son témoignage au Ericzone Podcast saura, sans aucun doute, vous inspirer à prendre action pour sauvegarder l’avenir de notre société.

Visitez la page du Ericzone Podcast sur BaladoQuebec.com. Pour les utilisateurs de Google Play Music, merci de vous abonner. L’émission est disponible sur Itunes et Stitcher. Je vous invite à visiter l’album photo du Ericzone Podcast sur Flickr. Comme toujours, je vous invite à consulter mon portfolio surwww.ericzone.com et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer «Like»Vous pouvez également me trouver sur YouTube. Ericzone est sur Instagram. M’avez-vous envoyé une demande de connexion via LinkedIn?

Quelques extraits

La berce du caucase (1:17)

La carpe asiatique (1:04)

ALENA: Gestion de l’offre (1:14)

Consumérisme (0:59)

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Ericzone Podcast: Episode 12: Ludger Saintelien

Ericzone Podcast: Épisode 12 (Fr)
22 août 2018

Ludger Saintelien oeuvre dans le domaine des jeux vidéos depuis l’année 2000. Son parcours professionnel lui offre un aperçu unique du marketing dans l’industrie du jeu vidéo. En date de l’enregistrement de ce podcast, il est UX Director chez Gearbox.

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Ericzone Podcast: Episode 11: Bernard Crustin

Ericzone Podcast: Episode 11 (Fr)
6 septembre 2018

Bernard Crustin est un conteur et anthropologue, vivant dans la ville de Québec. Son parcours scientifique et sa quête artistique vivent en symbiose, lui faisant vivre plusieurs expériences qu’il nous dévoile au Ericzone Podcast.


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Ericzone Podcast Épisode 10: Alain Migneault, fondateur de Weroes

Ericzone Podcast Épisode 10 (Fr)
5 novembre 2017

Alain Migneault est entrepreneur à impact social et le fondateur de Weroes. Il rend visite au Ericzone Podcast pour discuter avec Eric Mailhot au sujet de Weroes et du recours collectif déposé contre Hydro-Québec par la Coalition Peuple Allumé.
(www.weroes.com/recoursHQ).


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Quelques extraits

Alain Migneault parle de Weroes (12:53)


La tombe technologique (2:51)

Le jour que notre technologie va nous lâcher, on fait quoi? Dans cet extrait du Ericzone Podcast avec Alain Migneault de Weroes, nous parlons «survivalism».

 

David Suzuki (4:33)

Malgré les nouvelles souvent bouleversantes, Il faut se laisser inspirer par des individus qui ont à coeur notre planète et les gens qui y habitent. Dans cet extrait du Ericzone Podcast avec Alain Migneault de Weroes, nous parlons de Dr. David Suzuki (Fondation David Suzuki David Suzuki Foundation)


Egoïsme ou altruisme (3:11)

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Ericzone Podcast Épisode 9: Conrad Bernier

Ericzone Podcast Épisode 9 (Fr)

2 novembre 2017

Eric Mailhot s’entretient avec Conrad Bernier, un des grands noms dans l’histoire de l’agriculture au Québec. M. Bernier œuvre au sein de l’Association mondiale des agronomes (WAA-AMIA) et continue de faire rayonner le Québec à l’échelle internationale.

 


Visitez la page du Ericzone Podcast sur BaladoQuebec.com. Pour les utilisateurs de Google Play Music, merci de vous abonner. L’émission est disponible sur Itunes et Stitcher. Je vous invite à visiter l’album photo du Ericzone Podcast sur Flickr. Comme toujours, je vous invite à consulter mon portfolio sur www.ericzone.com et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer «Like». Vous pouvez également me trouver sur YouTube. Ericzone est sur Instagram. M’avez-vous envoyé une demande de connexion via LinkedIn?