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Filming at the grand studio de l’Université Laval à Québec with Ericzone

eric-avatar-23-aout-2019I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I hardly saw the summer of 2019 go by. When the warm weather arrived, I promised myself that I would finish some of my recent paintings to accompany the blue house and the portrait of my grandfather. Against all odds, I found myself spending my free time cycling and soaking in the sun, which was ultimately a good decision. Anyway, it would have been too hot to work on my Ericzone Podcast or to draw and play guitar. It was only around mid-August that I let myself be tempted by an audiovisual project that I would like to present to you through this blog. Indeed, it was towards the end of this beautiful summer of 2019 that I had the great privilege of working as a cameraman and video editor with musicians who graduated in classical music. My mandate: to produce a video to accompany the recording session at the grand studio of Université Laval in Quebec City.

Ah! Toi, belle hirondelle

To put things in context, the project was created by pianist Hélène Desjardins, who also took care of the musical arrangements. Also included in the project are Christine Lavallière on violin, Pascale Rivard on viola violin, Marie-Loup Cottinet on cello and vocalist Marie-Catherine Bouchard.

The project took place during two happenings, during which I was immensely spoiled by beautiful music. The first shooting took place during a humid evening in August in a small warm room in Quebec City. This first meeting served as a rehearsal and allowed everyone to prepare for the upcoming studio session. I could write several paragraphs in this article to share with you all the great memories I have of the evening’s work. However, I will confine myself to briefly describing this moment in the evening, when Helen’s young son began to applaud the music. I’m not sure if he applauded because he wanted to participate or if he wanted to express his appreciation (maybe both). In any case, this beautiful moment captured the pleasant energy that was present throughout the entire project.

A few days later, we went to Université Laval for the second day of shooting and audio recording. Serges Samson, technician in charge of the studio at the Faculté de musique, joined us for this session. I had the opportunity to talk for a few moments with Mr. Samson and he mentioned that the studio of the Faculté de musique is in fact a research laboratory. Moreover, to be precise, this magnificent studio is called the LARC (Laboratoire Audio-numérique en Recherche et Création). In operation since 2013, the studio is the result of a CFI (Canadian Innovation Fund) from which Professor Serge Lacasse benefited in 2009. All in all, the shooting at Université Laval went very well and I am very satisfied with the footage I was able to capture with my cameras (see for yourself in the video).

Recidivist Videographer

The post-production work was done at the Ericzone Studio, currently located in Quebec City – feel free to contact me if you want to talk about your projects. I spent many a pleasant September evening making this video montage, which I believe does justice to the work of these talented young musicians.

I really enjoyed working on this project. Not only did it give me a unique perspective on culture in Quebec City, but it also afforded me a little variety in the type of audiovisual production I usually produce. As you may have read in my previous articles, my marketing work is usually limited to corporate audiovisual projects, interviews and graphic design in Photoshop. On the other hand, if things go as planned, I will soon be involved in future music videos. In the meantime, I invite you to read the article about the production of a video clip for which I worked as a writer and video editor: Live my way by the band Angle of attack, produced with Blackburn Production in 2014.

Acknowledgements

Thank you very much Hélène Desjardins and her musician-colleagues. This project was an enriching experience that will remain with me always. If you wish to contact Hélène Desjardins, her email address is displayed at the end of the video. For more information about Université Laval in Quebec City, and its Faculté de musique, you can visit their website.

As always, I invite you to consult my portfolio at www.ericzone.com and visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click “Like”. You can also find me on YouTube. Ericzone is on Instagram. Did you send me an invitation to connect via LinkedIn?

Visit the Ericzone Podcast page on Facebook or BaladoQuebec.com. For Google Play Music users, please subscribe. The show is available on Itunes and Stitcher. I invite you to visit the Ericzone Podcast photo album on Flickr.

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?

 

François Arcand: Le générateur d’initiatives

eric-mailhot-ericzone-quebecAu cours du mois de janvier 2017, suite à l’invitation de l’entrepreneur François Arcand (in silica technologies chez SiliCycle), j’ai participé à la réalisation d’une vidéo visant à promouvoir un projet novateur baptisé Géni (générateur d’initiatives). La plateforme a pour mission « de générer des initiatives autonomes qui satisfont un besoin sociétal déterminé par un représentant de la société, cela en canalisant des idées, des gens et des ressources financières existantes.». Afin d’en savoir plus, je vous propose de visiter la page web ou de cliquer «J’aime» sur la page Facebook de Géni .

Un autre tournage agréable

Malgré un froid de fin de soirée en plein creux d’hiver Québécois, l’inspiration professionnelle fût vite réchauffée par l’entourage qui s’est activé sur le plateau de tournage. Je suis content d’avoir eu l’opportunité de travailler, pour une première fois, avec le photographe Emilien Perron. La qualité de son travail et les images captées par sa caméra Pentax K-1 contribuèrent grandement à l’esthétique de la vidéo. Prenant charge de la seconde caméra et de la captation audio lors du tournage, j’ai par la suite travaillé au montage vidéo ainsi qu’au mixage sonore.

Mis à part mon expertise en montage vidéo et conception graphique, mon expérience en réalisation audiovisuelle fût de grande utilité pendant ce projet. Au cours de ma carrière, j’ai eu l’occasion d’en apprendre beaucoup, notamment avec le producteur et réalisateur Pierre Blackburn (jetez un coup d’oeil à ce vidéo-clip «rock» que j’ai édité et qui a été réalisé par Blackburn Productions). Par la suite, j’en ai appris davantage, jouant le producteur-réalisateur sur le «Blackburn Podcast». Plus récemment, mon emploi en marketing pour la compagnie Québécoise SiliCycle m’a offert l’occasion unique de travailler sur la réalisation de vidéos corporative.

Mon tout dernier projet en réalisation est une émission web que j’anime; Le «Ericzone Podcast».

En terminant, je tiens à remercier Jacinthe pour son accueil et hospitalité. Je tiens aussi à mentionner le travail du designer graphique, Vincent Pelletier, l’artiste derrière les illustrations dans la vidéo. 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 j’aime. Vous pouvez également me trouver sur YouTube. Ericzone est sur Instagram. M’avez-vous envoyé une demande de connexion via LinkedIn?

SiliCycle @ Analytica 2016: Corporate video production by ericzone.com

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eric_video_silicycleTime flies! A year has already come and gone since I began work at SiliCycle’s marketing department in Quebec city! You might have guessed by the lack of regular publication on my blog that I’ve been a very busy video editor/graphic designer (add photography, audiovisual production, audio mixing, branding and social media to the mix). Indeed, not only have I been blessed by my every day entourage, but also spoiled by a long list of inspiring multimedia projects. Ideally, I would have had the time to publish a blog to accompany each completed assignment worthy of mention. Sadly, this was not the case.

Among all of the past projects I collaborated on, the first one was possibly the most important. And so, here’s a quick look at the production of a 30 minute corporate video which was used as a promotional tool during Analytica 2016 conference, in which SiliCycle participated in May 2016.

Analytica 2016

Quick overview: Analytica is a major international convention in the field of laboratory technologies. For the 2016 edition of the event, which took place in Germany, SiliCycle had a great corporate booth, designed by Mathieu Bertrand and Geneviève Gingras‘ marketing team. In addition to being represented on-site by SiliCycle‘s president, Hugo St-Laurent, the company also had to be equipped with impeccable video support.

Hit the ground running

It is in this context that I was mandated to create a corporate video that would enable SiliCycle to showcase its wide range of products as well as its many departments. Always inspired by great challenges and confident in my abilities as video producer/graphic designer, I embarked on this project with enthusiasm. On a personal note, the delivery of this mandate appropriately coincided with the end of my three-month probation. It was therefore imperative that I deliver the goods on time.

Several film shoots

The film shoots went very well. At the risk of offending the more timid (especially myself), I rushed in my shooting schedule (slightly improvised), with my equipment on my shoulder (Nikon D7100 and Canon HFG20) and my creative spirit in full hilt.

In hindsight, I realize that this first project was ideal for me as a new employee. In effect, it enabled me to familiarize myself with SiliCycle’s products, but it was also the perfect excuse to meet the people and to visit the different departments.

I worked on this major project for several weeks, always encouraged by the support and constructive feedback of my colleagues in the marketing department. A great many thanks to my colleagues for establishing the content structure and for writing the texts (Aurélie, Geneviève and Valérie). I have a lot of good memories of filming in the laboratories with Valerica Pandarus (SiliaCat technology), Simon Bédard and Denis Boudriau. Filming with Marcel Plante, in the shipping department, also revealed some beautiful sequences during the loading of a delivery truck. In sum, this project brought me hours of creative satisfaction, while I got acquainted with great people in a positive ecosystem of professionals.

Delivery

Despite the fact that I somewhat under-estimated video encoding time, the project was delivered within the deadlines. In retrospect, I am very satisfied with the final product. This task allowed me to not only distinguish myself as an audiovisual specialist, but also to apply my knowledge in graphic design and branding. During the week of the conference, we were happy to receive by e-mail, pictures taken during Analytica 2016 . Our colleagues on-site were inspired by the positive reaction of visitors at the SiliCycle booth. From feedback i received afterwards, it seems that the video presentation was also greatly appreciated. Mission accomplished.

Broadcasting

I am proud to say that this video now spearheads SiliCycle’s YouTube page. In the inevitable event that it should be replaced, here is an alternative link to the 30 minute video. I am very satisfied with the result and the infomercial look of the video. It efficiently showcases SiliCycle’s product range as well as the company identity and its employees. I had a great experience and I graciously thank everybody who participated and welcomed me in a friendly way.

I invite you to take a look at the photos of the event on SiliCycle’s web site. There are a few images of the shooting in my photo album on Flickr. For more information about SiliCycle, visit their Facebook page or their web site. As always, I invite you to consult my www.ericzone.com portfolio 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?