JEAN-FRANÇOIS POULIOT was born in Montreal in 1957. Afterearning a B.A. in Communication Arts from Montreal's Concordia University anda minor in Philosophy, Pouliot began working in Montreal as an assistantcameraman on local films as well as international ones like Sergio Leone's Onceupon a Time in America and Tony Richardson's Hotel New Hampshire. Duringthis time, teaming with Robert Bélisle, he co-wrote and co-directed five shortanimated films for the National Film Board of Canada, including The Egg.In 1982, Pouliot became a writer-designer at Cossette Communication-Marketing, Canada's largest advertising agency. Quickly promoted to artisticdirector and manager of French-speaking advertising for McDonald's restaurants,he twice won the Grand Prize of the Mundial de la Publicité francophone.In 1988, he decided to return to filmmaking, with the logical path being throughadvertising. Pouliot began directing for Fabrique d'images, one of the country'slargest production houses for audiovisual advertising. He made commercialsmainly for Canadian clients, but also for American and European ones, and wonthe Silver Lion at Cannes for an ad for Loto-Québec.As a successful director for fifteen years of nearly 500 commercials, Pouliot wasoften approached with feature film projects, but never found anything that hewanted to do until he read Ken Scott's screenplay for Seducing Doctor Lewis.Ironically, he was just about to launch a software company called Eloda, whichtracks TV advertising and digitizes ads for clients. Pouliot had to get permissionfrom his investors to put the company aside while he made the film.Now, as Seducing Doctor Lewis is winning hearts and international honors, Eloda(www.eloda.com) is finally open for business. "Starting a company is a lot morelike making a movie than you would think," says Pouliot.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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