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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?

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Préproduction au Studio Open House – 5 juin 2015

eric-profile-5-juin-2015-studio-open-house-ericzoneLe 5 juin 2015 fût une agréable journée de préproduction au Studio Open House. Situé à proximité de Montréal et du fleuve St-Laurent, le studio offre une atmosphère très chaleureuse, semblable à celle d’une maison très accueillante. C’est dans cette ambiance propice à l’enregistrement que le Studio Open House offre tous ses services. J’arrive donc tôt le matin avec le sourire au visage et très inspiré par cette journée. Comme toujours, c’est un plaisir de travailler avec Dan Smith. Par le passé, nous avons collaboré sur le Blackburn Podcast, une émission web que j’ai conçue et réalisée avec l’aide de Chantal Paquin. Fait intéressant, deux des épisodes du Blackburn Podcast ont été enregistrées au Studio Open House avant même que le studio ne commence officiellement ses activités.

Cette fois-ci, Studio Open House accueille Steeve Bilodeau, guitariste Montréalais et prof de guitare pour un peu de travail de préproduction. Sans trop révéler d’informations, il est possible que Steeve possède un très bon répertoire de chansons et de compos qu’il aimerait enregistrer et partager dans un format vidéo. Il ne pouvait pas demander mieux comme support pour son projet.

Somme toute, la préproduction s’est très bien déroulée et sans aucunes embuches. J’ai même eu l’occasion de prendre quelques photos avec mon HTC ONE et de capter des images provenant de la caméra de tournage. J’aime spécialement la photo prise sur Iphone par la propriétaire du Studio Open House, Caroline Mailhot.

Je vous invite à visiter l’album photo de la journée de tournage avec Steeve Bilodeau sur ma page Flicker. Merci à Caroline Mailhot et à Dan Smith. Merci également à Steeve Bilodeau d’avoir joué cette chanson de Pink Floyd qui me trotte encore dans la tête. Pour plus amples informations au sujet du Studio Open House, visitez leur page Facebook ou bien leur site web officiel. Comme toujours, je vous invite à jeter un coup d’oeil à mon portfolio www.ericzone.com et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer ‘like’.

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Steeve Bilodeau rehearsing at Studio Open House – Photo by Eric Mailhot http://www.ericzone.com

Preproduction at Studio Open House – June 5th 2015


eric-profile-5-juin-2015-studio-open-house-ericzoneJune 5th 2015 was a great day for filming and recording at Studio open house. Located nearby the river, the studio has a very ‘homey’ feel to it, for a reason i can’t seem to put my finger on. In any case, this quaint mood sets the professional tone for any and all recording situations. And so, I arrived bright and early with a smile in my face, very inspired by the day at the Studio. As always, it is a pleasure to work alongside Dan Smith. In the past we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate on the Blackburn Podcast, a web show i created and produce with the help of Chantal Paquin. At this point i should probably mention that two episodes of the Blackburn Podcast were, in fact, recorded at Studio Open House before it had even been baptized.

This time around, Studio Open House gave a warm welcome to Steeve Bilodeau, Montreal guitarist and guitar teacher, for a bit of preproduction work. Without revealing too much information, let’s just say that Steeve has a few great songs he would like to film and record. He couldn’t have chosen a better group of people to have his back on this project.

The session ran quite smoothly and absolutely without any hiccups. I even have pics on my HTC ONE and stills from the film camera for your viewing pleasure! I especially like the great iPhone photo taken from the other side of the studio window by Studio Open House owner, Caroline Mailhot.

Feel free to go and have a look at more photos of preproduction with Steeve Bilodeau on my Flicker page. Thank you to Caroline Mailhot and Dan Smith. Special thanks to Steeve Bilodeau for playing that Pink Floyd song which is still stuck in my head. For more information on Studio Open House, visit their Facebook page or their official website. 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.

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Steeve Bilodeau rehearsing at Studio Open House – Photo by Eric Mailhot http://www.ericzone.com

Blackburn Podcast: Épisode 3 – François Lemay – Activateur de Potentiel – Production ericzone.com

blackburn-podcast-logo-rougeLe 9 novembre 2014, nous avons passé une superbe journée d’enregistrement au Studio SoundSmith dans le cadre du Blackburn Podcast. Quelques semaines de post-productions plus tard, le 1er janvier 2015, nous avons enfin lancé le 3e épisode du Blackburn Podcast. On ne pouvait pas demander mieux que François Lemay, conférencier et activateur de potentiel, pour bien démarrer l’année. Je suis fier du travail accompli par l’équipe du Blackburn Podcast au cours de l’année 2014. Je ne peux pas être mieux entouré afin de réaliser ce projet que j’envisage depuis des mois. L’émission web commence réellement à prendre forme et je suis très heureux à l’idée d’enregistrer ces entrevues à venir, en compagnie de Pierre Blackburn. Pour souligner ce plus récent épisode, je me suis même permis de confectionner un court « trailer » que je vous invite à visionner dès maintenant.

Je vous invite à visiter l’album photo de cette journée de tournage sur Flickr. Lisez également le blog de la production de cette journée du 9 novembre. Merci à Chantal Paquin coproductrice, Dan Smith au son . Merci à notre invité, François Lemay. Merci également et très certainement à Pierre Blackburn. Suivez le Blackburn Podcast sur twitter ainsi que sur facebook. Comme toujours, je vous invite à jeter un coup d’oeil à mon portfolio www.ericzone.com et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer ‘like’.

 

logo-intro-black_whiteOn November the 9th 2014, we spent a very pleasant day recording what would become episode three of the Blackburn Podcast. A few post-production weeks later, January 1st 2015, we finally made available this third episode via youtube and other social media websites. We couldn’t asked for a better guest than François Lemay, motivational speaker, to start off the year. I am very happy of the work done by the Blackburn Podcast team during 2014. I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant crowd of people to associate myself with in order to make a reality out of this project i had thought of all of these months ago. The web show has really started to take shape and i now find myself very inspired at the prospect of all of the upcoming interviews that will be recorded with Pierre Blackburn and his guests. In order to commemorate this latest episode, i’ve also created a short trailer which i invite you to watch right away.

Feel free to go and have a look at more photos from the Sunday recording  in my Flickr album. Read up on past blogs about the Blackburn Podcast. Thank you to Chantal Paquin as co-producer, Dan Smith audio tech specialist. Much thanks to our guests François Lemay. Special thanks to Pierre Blackburn for being an outstanding host. 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 Podcast nov 9 2014 @ Soundsmith Studio: Ericzone.com production

Eric Mailhot à la caméra - Photo: Chantal Paquin

Eric Mailhot à la caméra – Photo: Chantal Paquin

La carrière d’un réalisateur/artiste marketing est une succession de moments très occupés. Voilà déjà plus de deux semaines que nous avons enregistré cette deuxième session d’entrevues pour le Blackburn Podcast et ça n’est que maintenant que je parviens à m’asseoir pour vous en parler.

Malgré l’intensité de la production, j’adore ces émotions agréables liées au travail qui prend forme et qui est complété agréablement autour de gens professionels.

Toutes productions doivent être un effort d’équipe bien encadré et une constante leçon d’humilité pour le producteur. Ainsi, cette plus récente session d’enregistrement n’a été rendue possible que par l’implication professionelle de tous ces gens rattachés au projet.

Cette journée de tournage m’aura aussi permis de renouer avec mon ancienne passion de caméraman. Nous avions à notre disposition 4 petites caméras HD et je ne me suis pas gené d’en profiter afin de filmer les gros plans. Utiliser ces caméras m’a inévitablement amené à me rappeler que je dois ma carrière en montage vidéo à toutes ces années passées à me balader avec une caméra et de filmer tout ce qui bouge.

Comme à l’habitude, le tournage s’est déroulé rapidement. J’ai spécialement apprécié la connexion entre Martin Larocque et Pierre Blackburn. Un autre moment amusant aura été l’animateur qui prête sa chemise à François Lemay. En tous les cas, les entrevues ont  été agréables pour tous et l’équipe du Blackburn Podcast a bien hâte de vous les présenter. Prochaine étape, montage vidéo et post-production.

Je vous invite à visiter l’album photo de cette journée sur Flickr. Merci à Chantal Paquin coproductrice, Dan Smith au son . Merci à nos invités, François Lemay et Martin Larocque. Merci également à Matisse Larocque pour ses photos et merci très certainement à Pierre Blackburn. Suivez le Blackburn Podcast sur twitter ainsi que sur facebook. Comme toujours, je vous invite à jeter un coup d’oeil à mon portfolio www.ericzone.com  et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer ‘like’.

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Pierre Blackburn & Martin Larocque – Photo ericzone.com

The life of a producer/marketing artist, i’ve come to understand, is a busy one. It has already been over 2 weeks since we recorded the second series of interviews for the Blackburn Podcast at Soundsmith Studios and i’ve only just now had the chance to sit down and blog about it.

As hectic as it sometimes may get, i nevertheless thrive on the overwhelming sense of satisfaction i feel when everything comes together and the hard work pays off. Projects need to be a pleasant team effort and a lesson in humility for the producer. And so, this latest recording session was only made possible by the professional implication of everybody involved.

This this time around, i had a wonderful time using one of the four cameras we had at our disposal  to film some of the more intimate close-up shots. Using the camera made me remember that i owe my current professional career as a video editor to all of those formative years  i spent filming everything around me.

As usual, the recording session went by in an instant. I especially enjoyed the discussion that i witnessed between Martin Larocque and Pierre Blackburn. Another enjoyable moment of the day was Pierre Blackburn offering his shirt to François Lemay. In any case, the interviews went quite well and the Blackburn Podcast team can’t wait to present these upcoming episodes. Next step, video editing and post-production.

Feel free to go and have a look at more photos from the Sunday recording  in my Flickr album. Thank you to Chantal Paquin as co-producer, Dan Smith audio tech guy. Much thanks to our guests François Lemay and Martin Larocque. Special thanks to Matisse Larocque for taking some photos and to Pierre Blackburn for being an outstanding host. 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.