I 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).
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.
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.
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