Shooting on Film vs. Digital – Robert Banks & John W. Carlson


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    Film pro topic this week…

    Shooting on Film vs. Digital

    One of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino once said, “If I can’t shoot on film I’ll stop making movies.” In this digital age, we can’t help to wonder what exactly Tarantino is holding onto. What are the advantages of shooting on film vs. digital?

    Once upon a time, all movies were shot using machines that would take 24 photographs or “frames” every second and instantaneously leave a negative of those images on a filmstrip. It would then be treated with chemicals and displayed for showings by running the reels containing these strips of pictures through a projector. If that sounds like a long, laborious process with tons of room for mechanical and human error, that’s because it is.

    Instead of these potentially error-ridden physical procedures, most cameras now save these images as data to a digital bank, which can then be accessed like any other file. Recent technological advances have streamlined this process beyond what the filmmakers of bygone eras could have even imagined.

    So digital is the solution, right? Not so fast…


    Film Pros

    Robert Banks and John W. Carlson

    Robert Banks attended the Cleveland School of the Arts, and has taught film at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University. His best known work is the 1992 film, X: The Baby Cinema, a 4.5 minute, 16 mm short film which chronicled the commercial appropriation of the image of Malcolm X. Banks has had his films shown at the Sundance Film Festival, was named Filmmaker of the Year at the Midwest Filmmakers Conference, and in 2000, he was the honored guest filmmaker in London at the BBC British Short Film Festival.

    John W. Carlson often combines traditional oils with alkalids, charcoal and graphite. Working mostly on large canvases, he freely applies his medium without sacrificing subtle emotional details. This method allows him to control the negative space, which is vital to the ambiguity that runs through all of the work. What appears to be a gentle gesture to some can appear violent or passionate to others.

    John has been accepted into numerous juried shows including the prestigious Butler Midyear Show at The Butler Museum of American Art and recently juried into The Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery First Juried Show in Columbus, Ohio. In July of 2015 he was the first non-photographer to show paintings in The Cleveland Print Room. A gallery dedicated to the photographic arts He was nominated for the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009 and in 2004 his charcoal drawing “Viewpoint” was purchased by the Erie Art Museum and entered into their permanent collection. John’s work, “Visitation” was purchased and entered into The Massillon Museum’s permanent collection in 2017. His work can be found in collections across the United States and in Europe.

    John also has a passion for education. He teaches classes at several arts organizations, such as BAYarts, Orange Art Center and Valley Arts Center and The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland as well as giving workshops and private instruction primarily in figure drawing and painting. He is also dedicated to mentoring visiting international artists in Cleveland as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Initiative.


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