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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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Ericzone Podcast: Creation of discussions

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eric mailhot ericpodcast-avatarIn April of 2017, i began a new chapter in my audiovisual story. Following my move to Quebec City in March of 2016, it became clear to me that it would be much too complicated to keep up the work on the Blackburn Podcast in Montreal. Once this realization had sunk in, I decided nevertheless to push things forward and to further invest time and resources in the creation of original web content. And so, with patience and the encouraging words from people around me (whom I thank wholeheartedly), I succeeded in putting together a second web show project. Similar to the francophone Blackburn Podcast with its journalistic appeal, i felt it would be logical that i would simply call this new bilingual show the ”Ericzone Podcast.

Far from me wanting to reinvent myself as a web show host, my true purpose in this case (aside from taming the technical aspect of things) is to be more efficient as a producer. Not only does this latest project allow me to do some networking, but it also gives me the chance to practice being eloquent and to work on my camera persona. The Ericzone Podcast also gives me this unique opportunity to quench my thirst for knowledge and to better understand our society. Last but not least, through this project, i hope to continue to create original content and to contribute to positive change in our world. Without a doubt, this new podcast would not have been possible, had i not worked on the Blackburn Podcast alongside Pierre Blackburn, Chantal Paquin, Dan Smith and all the other people whom I owe a great many thanks.

We live in amazing times. Thanks to the accessibility of technologies and the development of social media, it’s now possible to be heard and to inspire others to do the same. It is my opinion, in light of the current environmental situation, that it has become a duty for people everywhere to lend their voice to the marketplace of ideas. It is of utmost importance that we get involved, share our experiences and reach out to others.

Throughout my career, i’ve been privileged to encounter a lot of very interesting people. This podcast gives me a unique chance to share with you, this entourage of inspiring individuals. I thank each and every one of that have taken the time to participate, to watch and to share each episode. I should also thank those patiently waiting for more English episodes. I will have more content in 2018, I promise!

Visit the Ericzone Podcast page on BaladoQuebec.com. For Google Play Music, thanks for listening. The show is also available on Itunes and Stitcher. I invite you to have a look at some photos of the show on Flickr. As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com . Visit my professional Facebook page and click Like in order to keep in touch. You can also find me on Youtube. Have you sent me a contact request on LinkedIn? Ericzone is on Instagram.

Entrevue avec Eric Mailhot et Pierre Blackburn dans cet article écrit par Martine Boucher pour le magazine Petite Boîte

On parle du Blackburn Podcast dans cet article écrit par la journaliste Martine Boucher et publié sur le magazine web  « Petite Boîte ». C’est un immense plaisir de voir grandir ce projet qui attire les regards, malgré ces humbles intentions que je lui concédais au départ. De fil en aiguille, l’émission prends forme, grâce au travail de Dan Smith, Chantal Paquin et Pierre Blackburn. Au risque de me répéter, je me considère choyé de pouvoir compter sur ces gens passionnés qui font de ce podcast une réalité. Si vous avez manqué l’article écrit par Martine Boucher, je vous invite à cliquer ici afin de lire l’entrevue avec Pierre Blackburn et Eric Mailhot.

Chantal Paquin, Pierre Blackburn et Eric Mailhot au Café-Bar L’Escalier – Photo par Pascale Lecompte http://pascalelecomte.com

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Free Kitties campaign interview featuring Elijah Renard – Produced by ericzone.com

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eric_wordpress_freekittiesOn Friday, December the 12th 2014, i took my cameras, lighting gear and zoom digital recorder and i headed to my friend Elijah’s place in order to give him a helping hand with a very important project of his. Elijah Renard, a trans-masculine person, currently has a campaign set-up on Indiegogo in order to help him get funding for a very important chest reconstruction surgery. Please have a look at the ‘Free Kitties’ page and support his campaign by donating today!

The idea of filming the interview with Elijah and editing the video for the Free Kitties campaign got me very enthusiastic. This sort of project is exactly the kind of socially-conscious project i truly enjoy working on. I feel strongly about the importance of differences in people and culture making a positive difference in our society.  And so, when the opportunity came up to promote these values, i immediately felt compelled to help Elijah out by offering my time and talents as a video editor and marketing artist.

In retrospect, i had a great time creating what would turn out to be a three part interview. The filming took place on a Friday evening and the following Saturday afternoon. The first part of shooting involved a few hours of interview with Elijah as he relaxed on his sofa, telling his story, with the occasional interruption by the cats roaming the apartment or by a very quiet and patient roommate.

Coffee, camera and donut at Café Odessa on Beaubien street in Montreal

Coffee, camera and donut at Café Odessa on Beaubien street in Montreal

The second day, we met at Café Odessa on Beaubien street in Montreal. We had originally intended to meet at the restaurant next door for a late breakfast, but there was such a big crowd, that we decided on coffee and donut instead. I was happy with the visuals i got from the weekend, although it was a bit cloudy and this red head kept walking by with her bicycle to get in my shots.

Post Production went by relatively smoothly. Initially, i had complemented the visuals with some dramatic intro music that i had composed a few weeks back. Regrettably, the music just didn’t work with Elijah’s pixel art which conveyed a much more positive and light hearted impression. Thankfully, i quickly came across the SoundCloud page of Eric Skiff, 8-bit music composer. I really liked the song entitled ‘Underclocked’ and went with it. Have a listen on his page!

Watch Episode 1 right now on vimeo! Don’t forget to activate the ‘CC’ at the bottom right if you want to see the english subtitles. Feel free to go and have a  look at the photos from the weekend shoot in my Flickr album. If you wish to pledge your support to Elijah Renard’s Free Kitties campaign, please go visit his Indiegogo page today! As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com and visit my professional Facebook page and click like in order to keep in touch.

Blackburn meets Ericzone

I recently had the privilege to work on the editing of a video alongside Montreal producer Pierre Blackburn. The end product, meant for the 2012 Phenicia Gala in Montreal, features a short interview with Jean-Paul Gaultier which was filmed early november 2012. Looking for more of these great collaborations. Enjoy the video!

J’ai récemment eu le privilège de travailler sur le montage d’une vidéo avec le producteur Montréalais Pierre Blackburn. Le produit final, destiné pour le Gala Phénicia 2012 de Montréal, présente un extrait d’entrevue avec Jean-Paul Gaultier filmé au début du mois de Novembre 2012. Toujours partant pour des collaborations du genre. Bon visionnement!