CREA Contest 2013

March 12th, 2013

The CREA Contest is in one week! Do you have your tickets? Supported by the Association des agences de publicité du Québec (AAPQ), this gala rewards the most creative advertising projects in Quebec. For more info, visit their website.

 

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 5 - Are we there yet?

July 11th, 2012

It's brand new and it's hot (just like our wonderful summer)! This morning, we published our newsletter Vol.1 - No.5.

The discoveries of this issue: The adventure of a mini Westfalia, a photo project about Cuba, a beautifully touching Finnish short film, an interview with the sparkling Fanny Lefort, etc. Indulge yourself.

Featured T: Fanny Lefort

July 10th, 2012

Three questions to host, producer and director Fanny Lefort

When she was a little girl, Fanny Lefort always dreamed of being in the spotlight. One day, while working at Musique Plus, she decided to take the plunge and start her own video production company, Mimosa Media, with her associate (and boyfriend!), Olivier Normandin. Today, the duo creates and produces sparkling videos for the web. We asked Fanny questions about three of her creations.

1. Lonely Dancer of Midnight Romeo is the 4th music video that you’ve conceived and co-directed. How is the process of creating a music video different from other production for you?

Making music videos is a huge playground and an opportunity to push my creativity to the fullest. I listen to the song dozens of times, I let the music overwhelm me, I do not put any barriers to my imagination and I draw the images in my head. Then, it takes a small ounce of realism so that my grandiose ideas are feasible in budgetary terms. With great passion and tremendous resourcefulness, it is always possible. When the filming begins, my reward is seeing the whole team working hard to bring the story that was born in my head to life. It gives me chills thinking about it, it’s just a magical feeling!

2. L’effet Mimosa // Le Bar : When you feel overloaded, how do you manage to find a more relaxed state of mind?

I believe that stress management is one of my strengths. I love being completely overwhelmed, not knowing which way to head and manage the unexpected. Since Mimosa is a small company, I touch all facets of video production and I often have to deal with new elements. That’s a lot of stress but it is my fuel. I like to push myself and learn new things. But I still have to keep my balance. To catch my breath, I take long walks listening to music, or I put on my skis and hit the slopes. Then, my thoughts go back into place.

3. For the webcast Carte Postale, you followed Misteur Valaire tour in France. Your talents as a host are undeniable! Do you prefer being in front or behind the camera?

I love telling stories and adding a little flavor to people’s lives, so whether I’m in front or behind the camera, I’m satisfied. I would be unable to host without developing the concept and the questions myself. As is the case with Carte Postale, I love when hosting is connected to my own projects and has a creative dimension. Even when I host, I direct with Oliver so it turns out I’m never only in front of the camera. Hosting is my little girl dream and I am very proud of having achieved it, but now, I would not be happy only doing that. Long live diversity!

 

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 4 - Beware of pieces

June 28th, 2012

Looking for reading ideas? Luckily, we have just released our newsletter Vo.1 - No.4.

In this edition: a new take on split ends, five Montreal neighbourhoods seen from another angle, the dunes of a beach (after all, it's summer!), our interview with Ulule, etc. It's all here.

Featured T: Ulule

June 27th, 2012

Three questions about the work of Ulule

Ulule is a crowd funding website, based in France, which discovers original projects that need a financial boost. Since its launch in 2010, nearly 1,000 innovative projects have been funded in 27 countries, with the support of Internet users in 108 countries. We asked Ulule three questions about the functioning of the site and their success.

1. How does the crowd funding system work and how is it beneficial for donors?

The concept of Ulule is simple: people submit their creative project on the platform by detailing a budget, duration and rewards they offer in exchange for the support of Internet users. Once reaching the financial goal, project leaders receive the funds, finalize their projects, and repay their supporters with rewards. What is interesting about this system is that the contributor is actually integrated into the creative process. The relationship between artist and fan goes from vertical to horizontal as they give each other something.

As an example, see Paphu vs Idols, a web-series about a hero 8 pixels high which is being funded on Ulule.

2. Are social networks playing an important role in promoting the projects on Ulule?

Ulule is based on the community principle: the more a project is shared, the better it is funded. Most creators use social networks to promote their projects, update their supporters and welcome comments and suggestions. It is a total social experience! In addition, the platform itself is a social network since through the forum, the customizable profile pages and internal messaging system, Ululers are invited to take part in the conversation beyond the mere financing.

3. Ulule has been up and running for almost two years now and has already helped finance nearly 1,000 projects. How do you explain this success story?

The crowd called the crowd. This is true for projects and this is true for Ulule! We are very proud of this achievement. Growth is exponential - at the same time last year, we celebrated the first 100 funded projects! There are many great things happening in the coming months at Ulule and we have a ton of ideas on how to further improve the platform.

 

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 3 - Looks like he's flying

June 13th, 2012

Still full of talents in this newsletter Vol.1 No.3 which has just been published.

Slow motion moves, post-apocalyptic pictures, funny salesman, a passionate graphic designer, etc. Are you curious? Help yourself.

Featured T : Élyse Levasseur

June 12th, 2012

Three questions about three creations by graphic designer Élyse Levasseur

Still studying graphic design at UQÀM, Élyse Levasseur is a young artist who is very busy! Her innovative projects immediately caught our attention. We asked her three questions about three of her beautiful creations.

1. How is it different using recycled/recyclable materials for a project such as Lewis Vodka?

We must constantly find new ways to present products, while respecting the environment, whether for container or for print. We live in a consumer society where the “throw away” is excessively present. For this project, it was important for me to design an eco-friendly packaging for organic and fair trade vodka.

2. For your creation Altitudehow did you go about creating a new font? What was your inspiration?

When you design a new font, you spend a lot of time on the internet and in books looking and analyzing the structure of the letter. That is what I did. I love light and sans shérif typographies and I wanted to create something pretty clean which could be used primarily for titles. The process was long and many tests and sketches led to Altitude.

3. When you work on branding and packaging projects, such as Néo Jean, do you work in close collaboration with other artists (photographers, etc.)?

Because Néo Jean was a project for a packaging class I took in college, I did not work with other artists. I did everything myself. However, I love the concept of collaboration and I look forward to having projects where I will be able to surround myself with talented people from various industries.

 

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2 - Next Stop : Honolulu

May 24rd, 2012

Today was to day we send our second newsletter!

What's on the menu? A new Hawaiian video, illustrations of Paules Trudel-Bellemare, touching photos of Valérie Paquette and many more. Read it here.

 

 

Featured T : Noémie Letu

May 23rd, 2012

Three questions about three creations by photographer Noémie Letu

Noémie Letu is a French-born photographer passionate about art and design. We were charmed by her original themes and urban approach. We were particularly intrigued by three of her creations.

1. For your project Où vont-ils, how long did it take you to find the images of lost cats and how many photos did you take?

My quest for “lost cats” lasted about six months, either by crossing a placard across town or in an actual search covering an area of Montreal. I took more than hundred photos, and I still continue to do so. I’d like to do a series over several years.

2. You were inspired by Mile End for your album I Love Mile End. Why did you choose this particular neighborhood?

When I immigrated to Montreal four years ago, my steps quickly led me to choose Mile End as a place to live. The bubbling creativity, the beauty of the quirky houses, streets, cafes and the mixture of genres and people made me immediately love this neighborhood. This series is a declaration of love to these few blocks!

3. Lost Project: Are you the type of person who always loses your keys or are you rather an organized artist?

Let’s say I often lose my keys, but in an organized fashion!

 

Subscribe to our newsletter

May 9th, 2012

This is a great day for Reservoir T! We are proud to present our brand new newsletter. You haven’t seen it? Take a look now.

Our newsletter will keep subscribers up to date on Reservoir T news and allow them to discover inspiring Talents and creations! We intend to send it twice a month. Want to register? Simply click on Subscribe to list, on the top left of the page.

 

Featured T : Patrick Péris

May 8th 2012

3 questions on 3 creations of director Patrick Péris

Patrick Péris is an inspiring director who has many strings to his bow! He especially enjoys playing with imaginary and inventive characters. We wanted to learn more about three of his most prominent creations.

1. How many pictures did you use to create the stop motion Paperbag Family and how many hours has been spent on that film?

Since some scenes contain more images that others, it is difficult to put a number on the overall project, but we can estimate that several thousands of images were used in this animated film. Certainly thousands of hours were spent by my dedicated team (more than sixty people!). The making-of will give you an idea.

2. Concerning your creation Lady Gaga Phenomenon, why did you decide to do a portrait of Lady Gaga in particular?

This phenomenon of a fast and global popularity fascinated me. I decided to do the exercise of understanding the character of Lady Gaga and explain her rise. I'm also preparing other kinds of portraits that will be released in the coming months.

3. The music video Défier les rites of Tricot Machine is completely wacky. How did you come up with this scenario? Is it in close collaboration with the band?

The scenario was developed in collaboration with the band members, Catherine and Mathieu, and that is what I love. The role of the director is to bring a new texture to a rich existing universe and push it even further. "Prince", their cat in real life, was also an inspiration for the giant cat composed of 20 km of wool, attached hair by hair!

 

A photography exhibit signed College Marsan

March 1st, 2012

We invite you to attend the photography exhibit of graduating students from College Marsan.

The show is at the College, 2030 Pie-IX, Room 400, Tuesday, March 6th, at 5pm, for a dose of freshness and talent! 20 promising photographers will expose their latest projects. This is a perfect opportunity to add a few professional photographers to your network.

Meanwhile, discover the project Se fondre aux décors, an exploratory work by student Catherine Trudeau. Warning : textures and colors brilliantly exploited.

Have a great show!

Event page on Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/events/317071305010126/ 

College Marsan on Reservoir T :http://reservoirt.com/collegemarsan

 

Let's get together!

February 8th, 2012

The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois will turn 30 on February 15th.

Let’s enjoy pure talent made in Quebec through a large offer of projections shown in many Montreal’s movie theatres.

Jean-Philippe Talbot’s short documentary, Monsieur Denis et l’Apothicaire,  will be part of the program.

 To know everything: http://www.rvcq.com/festival-30e

 

On the lookout

January 23th, 2012

 The Festival des Films de la Relève at Beaubien Cinema in Montreal is looking for good movies. This is an opportunity for young filmmakers from 18 to 35 years old to showcase their work to the public. There are no registering fees and the winners will walk out with some interesting rewards. You can submit one or more films until February 1st, 2012. To learn more about the event, please visit www.festivalreleve.com

 

Waiting for the end of the World

January 3th, 2012

 They say the end of the world will happen in 2012. If the rumour is true, then what will our world look like after the apocalypse?

 Maybe to this Aquarium-01?

Or this WILD MOON?

Until the extinction of our species, Reservoir T wishes to Talents worldwide a very creative year. May the inspiration be with you!

 

Red and green. What are you thinking about?

December 22th, 2011 

Reservoir T dressed up for the Holidays. We took a great pleasure featuring a few creations that had a red or green thumbnail. Visit our welcome page and see what it looks like.

 Happy holidays to all our talents. Reservoir T was born in 2011 and we feel privileged that you joined our platform that early. For 2012, we wish you loads of creativity, tons of ideas and many strikes of genius.

 

 

M for Montreal 6th Edition

November 3rd, 2011

 M for Montreal helps local underground artist to be discovered by the music industry from elsewhere. This event has contributed to send small Montreal bands to play on big stages around the world. This year's program is rich in discoveries such as the awesome Jimmy Hunt who will be on stage November 19th at Café Campus  http://reservoirt.com/project/1273

 For more information: http://www.mpourmontreal.com/

 

The FNC : 40 years of novelty

October 6th, 2011 

The Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma will celebrate its 40th anniversary from October 12th to the 23rd. The FNC promotes a cinema which is open-minded and without borders. 

 Come see it for yourself.

 http://www.nouveaucinema.ca/home

 

Get your gear ready for the Kino Kabaret

September 28th, 2011

 From October 12th to the 22nd, we be held the 10th edition of the Kino Kabaret in Montreal as part of the 40th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC). The filmmakers will have 72 hours to produce a movie and show it to the public. Creativity, spontaneity, ingenuity are some of the ingredients that make the event a success year after year.

http://www.kino00.com/english/intro/

 

A Tribute to Photojournalism

September 20th, 2011

Amateur or professional photographers and art lovers, you have until October 2nd to watch the 2011 Edition Word Press Photo at the Marché Bonsecours in Montreal. This annual exhibition pays tribute to the photojournalists of four corners of the planet who immortalize scenes, sometimes shocking, sometimes surprising, sometimes funny. Discover the work of these photographers who go through the world in search of strong moments to share. 

Live the power of an image.

http://worldpressphotomontreal.ca/eng/

3,2,1 Let's read!

September 13th, 2011 

From September 16 to 25, the Festival International de la Littérature (FIL) is coming to Montreal for its 17th Edition. Celebrating literature for all ages, the festival is a catalyst of creation for numerous writers and other artists. Its quality programming includes shows, concerts, literary cabarets, activities for kids, public readings and much more.

http://www.festival-fil.qc.ca/2011/index.html

 

Talents from everywhere come to Montreal!

August 15th, 2011

  Creator and illustrator Claude Robinson had the privilege to come up with the official poster of the 35th anniversary of the World Film Festival. The creative process of film making has been put foward because the WFF is synonymous with excitement, discovery, new talents, and cultural diversity. From August 18 to 28, 2011 indulge yourself and watch movies among the best around the globe.


http://www.ffm-montreal.org/


 

Funny Festival

July 24, 2011

It's a go! The Just for Laughs Film Festival starts tonight at Cinema du Parc. For a sneak-peek of what's waiting for you, all movie trailers have been published on Reservoir T. For those who like short films, please visit the Eat my Shorts page (for shorts in English) or the Tout Court page (for shorts en français). The festival also presents feature films. If you know anyone who has worked on those movies, don't hesitate to inform them that Just for Laughs has put the trailers on Reservoir T. Invite them to join the site so that their film can be added to their portfolio.

Ulule brings great ideas to life

July 6, 2011

Your ambitions are greater than your means? We have found a solution. Have you ever heard of Ulule.com? This web platform gives you access to a great new way of financing projects called "crowdfunding". Talents like you can present their project ideas and obtain financial support from the community.

Just like Reservoir T, Ulule's mission is to encourage and promote artists' initiatives from all around the globe. This is why we decided to join forces.

Reservoir T has added the role "Funding" to all of its 7 sectors. So if you decide to use crowdfunding through Ulule for one of your creations on Reservoir T, don't forget to name them in your credits. Your creation will be added to their portfolio giving it even more visibility.

If you have no projects to propose, you can still participate in the advancement of the Ulule community by supporting (according to your means) projects from others artists. On Ulule, you only pay if a project owner reaches his financial objective. A great way to help, share and participate in bringing great ideas to life.

Start exploring right now: Ulule.com

Did you know that…

June 2, 2011

You can follow our adventures on www.facebook.com/ReservoirT. It’s easy. All you have to do is become a fan! Reservoir T will no longer have secrets from you.  

 

 

Retrospect of a week filled with emotion

March 28, 2011

Ever since Reservoir T saw the daylight, our whole team can’t help but have our eyes glued to the “talent counter”.  Like kids, we are thrilled every time a new talent joins the community or a new creation is published on our platform. 

Last week, literally just a few hours before our official launch, we were ecstatic to welcome our 500th talent to the Reservoir T community! Also, the official launch of Reservoir T, organized by Écorce, was an amazing success.  This funky cocktail allowed guests to meet and rub elbows with others who are just as passionate about and devoted to their art.  We hope they will soon flood Reservoir T with their creations!

To view a retrospect of this hip evening, visit our Facebook page…and while you’re at it, why not become a fan! www.facebook.com/ReservoirT

What is there to say about the dozen of articles published about Reservoir T over the last few weeks? Well, we are eternally grateful.

Media Outreach

March 8th, 2011

A press release that will make people talk has just been sent out to media. Hurry up and publish your most precious work on Reservoir T! To all curious, take a peak at our Media section to read our press release.

The Family Gets Bigger

February 24, 2011

Reservoir T is now in 10 countries!!! Welcome to director Robin King from London who just added Great Britain as our 10th country. God save the Queen!

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Game On!

February 15, 2011

We make headlines at Alliance Numérique! This association helps Quebec be at the center of world excellence and counts 150 companies issued from the video game, eLearning, Internet and mobility industries.  It’s the beginning of a long and lasting friendship.

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Time Flies

February 7, 2011

Reservoir T is 1 month old today. This morning, we received one of the greatest gifts: L'inis has joined the community. We can't wait to see what your students and graduates have been working on!

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We Speak English

February 1st, 2011

Reservoir T is now bilingual! For the past few hours, we have been perfectly mastering French and English. We wish to attract talents coming from all 5 continents and crowd our site with creations that speak to people. We often hear that arts speak a universal language, though it’s always pleasant to be able to choose its language of expression.


Another new feature: the possibility to comment on every creations and talent profiles. From now on, have a voice, make yourself heard and share your views with the community.

One Week Already!

January 18, 2011

Just over a week now that Reservoir T entered our little world and already:
 
- Several talents from Montreal and even Quebec City have adopted this platform by creating their profile.
- We greet our first talents from oversea. Welcome to France and Japan!

- More than 30 creations were published and garnished our talent’s portfolio.
- Two important studios created their profile: Studio Lamajeure and Modulations-Technicolor.
 
All this without even doing any promotion…but as soon as this site is settled; we will need your help to see the site achieve its full potential. Thanks to all talents who created a profile over this past week! You will always remain pioneers.
 
This week, we bring the finishing touch to the design before tackling the English version.

Reservoir T: Fill'er Up!

January 7, 2011

Just a few hours before the official launched of this new web portal.  Tonight the whole team is looking good and is heading out to theatre Lion d’Or to assist to the first 2011 monthly viewing of Kino, an event where film directors present their latest production to their peers. This is where Reservoir T, in all its glory, will make its first step into the world!  For the occasion, we produced a video that will introduce the concept to the audience.

Reservoir T not only makes it easy for talents to create their portfolio, but also acts as a hub for the arts and multimedia industry.  Here, we collect talents coming from all different corners of the world. They can promote their creativity while expressing their gratitude to their contributors.

For the past few months, our entire Reservoir T crew united its creative strength with the Écorce’s team, in order to launch this unifying web platform. While we wait the unveiling moment, everyone here is living off adrenaline and excitement of seeing Reservoir T fill up with talents!