They are based in Montreal but try and kick cinematic ass all over the world.
They direct music videos, commercials, short films and traffic. When not making things move they make comics, posters, and design everything from your grandmothers apron to the deck she rides on the weekends.
Where are you living?
We are living in Montreal, Canada. Johanne is originally from here and Mark is
from Nova Scotia, which is further east on the coast.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
Mark is 37 and Johanne is 35. Both of our birthdays are in December.
What inspires you?
That’s a tough question… Because there is a lot that inspires us. Music
is a big one. We listen to music all day at the studio. We watch a lot of
films. We’re big fans of independently published comics and illustration.
Photography. All art forms inspire us really.
Just about anything on the Numero Group Label
Film = Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour
Steve “ESPO” Powers
Tell me about what you do?
We are an art duo called Fluorescent Hill. We’ve been collaborating on a
variety of projects for almost 13 years now. We began as Music Video
Directors, and did exclusively that for almost 7-8 years. We branched out
into advertising a few years ago and have recently just published a comic
book. We do illustration and design on the side. We’re currently in pre
production on two short films and we’re finishing up a script for a long
format story that will hopefully go into pre production soon.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
A typical day starts with coffee. Then we head out to the studio around 10
or 11am. Get as much of the business side of the work out of the way such
as emails, phone calls, updating social media sites etc…
Grab some lunch and if all goes well it’s time to get to making some art,
whether that’s writing or designing for our current projects. We typically
work a 10 hour day, a lot more if we’re in production on a commercial.
After all that, we probably hit the gym to clear our heads, make dinner,
watch a movie or read. It’s not very eventful.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
There’s a few sites we like to visit to see what our favourite artists are
up to, seems everyone out there has a blog or tumblr so there is always a
fresh list of incoming art. Instagram feeds from our art friends are
always fun. Stash Magazine, Cartoon Brew, The Playlist, Vimeo, Twitter
How does social media influence your life?
When we first started directing, youtube didn’t even exist yet, sharing a
music video or film was far more difficult, and took a lot longer. Now
it’s just so easy and the amount of information and work out there is mind
boggling. So your work gets out there quickly, but can disappear just as
easily. Twitter, instagram, facebook, vimeo and our blog, that’s a bout
all you need and I’m sure over time that list will be different, either
shorter or longer. These sites come and go so quickly losing fashion with
the populous. We try not to join every site that starts up and just focus
on the ones that fit into our day to day life. So when we update with new
work or what we’re up to such as film fests or behind the scenes stuff, it
fits seamlessly into our life and doesn’t distract from the purpose of