Interview Fluorescent Hill,art collective, Montreal

Fluorescent Hill is an art collective comprised of Mark Lomond and Johanne Ste-Marie.

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.
Recent obsessions:


Jon Hopkins


Just about anything on the Numero Group Label


Film = Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour


Steve “ESPO” Powers

vice.com/video/steve-powers, firstandfifteenth.net

Femke Hiemstra

femtasia.nl, femtasia.blogspot.de

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 source 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 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
creating art.



Keep it clean kids!

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Interview Lea zeichnet, Artist, Berlin





Where are you living?
in Berlin and sometimes in my dreams

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
twentysomething ( I absolutely don´t mind getting old)

What inspires you?
People. Mostly strangers, weirdos, inconsistent and heart-warming human beings.

Tell me about what you do?
Don´t we all hate this question? I´m an illustrator, that´s how it´s called, but I see myself more as a silent observer. Drawing is my way to cope with all the stories I hear and the characters I meet. Maybe I would have been a good psychologist, too..

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I´m an earlybird. And I love rituals. So there´s a standard breakfast ritual really early in the morning. After that I work till late afternoon and then have some time to meet friends, relax .. whatsoever. I don´t have an office or separate work-space, so I am always surrounded by my illustrations, pens, paper. Sometimes it´s hard, to relax, but it´s still more a passi

on than work.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Of course the world wide web is an endless source of inspiration. But I´m not a digital native, so I sometimes get lost and still appreciate the „offline-way“: sitting in the train or bus and watching people.

How social media influence your life?
Oh it has become a real big thing in my life. But I guess I still swim on the surface, just using Facebook and Instagram. I am really working on my social media skills…

uff #fashionillustration #berlin #drawing #ink #pew #pew #pew

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Interview Hadley Hudson, Photographer, Munich/NewYork

instagram: hadleyhudsonphoto

Where are you living?
I’m living between Munich and NYC

What inspires you?
My friends….I am extremely lucky to have inspiring friends whose work I appreciate in all forms…from artists to writers to ER doctors to shamans…my friends continually challenge me and support me at the same time.

My son…He has an incredible sense of humor and knows how to make me laugh more than anyone.
My dreams..I started studying Jungian psychoanalysis which places a heavy emphasis on dreams. Dreams are a direct link to the unconscious, they express the voice or language of the unconscious. They have provided answers, solutions, and also images which I have used in my photography.
Tell me about what you do?
I am a photographer. My heart is in portrait/documentary photography although I shoot fashion, as well.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It depends on which city I am in.

When I am in NYC I get up and go running over the Williamsburg Bridge or at the Hudson River Park. I usually get the best ideas when I am running.

If I am in Munich, I run in the English Garden which is incredibly gorgeous and reminds me of something out of a 19th Century German Romantic painting.
After that I work on my book project. I am in the process of finishing my first photo book. It’s a documentary series about models at home.
What are some of your favourite source for information?
I read the New York Times, the Guardian, Salon, Zeit.de and Vice.com quite frequently. My favorite visual blog is www.thisisnthappiness.com and also http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/
How social media influence your life?

I find Facebook quite draining although it has become a source of news, as well. I prefer Instagram…it feels more immediate and intimate.

#california #ueberalles #losangeles #dreamscape city of #Angels #ready

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Interview Sam Lanyon Jones (Tokyoplastic), Creative and Founder, London




Where are you living?

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
Not at all, 29, hahahahaha.

What inspires you?
We get asked this a lot (I think anyone in a creative profession does) and the simple answer is everything. You know like if you start taking lots of photos, really get into it as a hobby, you’ll start to see the world differently. You’ll take your inspiration from everything you experience. I guess that is slightly different from what informs and influences us creatively. For instance I am writing a Sci Fi series right now. It is influenced by all the 80’s Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch as a kid… and Magnum P.I. But my research involves watching a lot of police procedurals. I am sure all of it culminates in inspiration on one level or another.

Tell me about what you do?
We (tokyoplastic, vimeo.com/tokyoplastic, Andi and Me (Sam)) direct stuff. Over the last decade that has been primarily animated TV commercials but we have made vinyl toys, directed short films, had a number of art exhibitions and done lectures and talks at festivals all over the world too. The animation we have really specialised in is narrative driven character animation.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Get up, stretch, go to the studio, direct stuff, write stuff, email stuff, talk between ourselves about what to do next, go home, write more stuff and watch TV (purely R&D you understand), sleep.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
The internet. Remember those conversations you used to have in the pub? You know the ones where you and your mates would talk about something none of you knew very much about, each of you dead certain you knew what you were right about X. Seriously, try doing that now without reaching for your phone. The internet has removed any need for speculation. And what do we do with this all empowering information?

How social media influence your life?
Total fucking time vampire! I’ve put a sel imposed moratorium on Facebook in the office. But its a great tool for keeping up with friends and colleagues if you can keep it in check.