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


Film Pros Talk Shop & Filmmakers Show Their Work

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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 Robert Banks is an experimental filmmaker, freelance cinematographer, and teacher of filmmaking and photography. One of Banks’ best-known works is the 1992 short film X: The Baby Cinema, which chronicles the commercial appropriation and transformation of Malcolm X into a commodity-image. His 1995 documentary film, You Can’t Get a Piece of Mind, explores the world of Cleveland musician and Vietnam War veteran Dan “Supie T” Theman. Banks’ films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film-Music Festival, Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Cleveland International Festival Festival. He is recipient of numerous awards, including Filmmaker of the Year at the Midwest Filmmakers Conference in 2001 and featured filmmaker for the BBC British Short Film Festival (2000).

    Banks currently teaches at New Bridge Center for Art and Technology, films corporate training videos, and works on all aspects of cinematography for filmmaker-colleagues and clients throughout the country. Some of his films include MPG: Motion Picture Genocide, My First Drug, the Idiot Box, Jaded, Outlet, Embryonic, Goldfish and Sunflowers, AWOL, Autopilot, and Faith in Chaos, all of which are shot and edited on 16/35 mm film.

    Banks attended the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Ohio School of Broadcasting, and Cleveland State University. He also served one term overseas in the U.S. Air Force. He taught film and photography at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University.

    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.


    Kinsley Funari & Josh Miller

    FunariMillerKinsley Funari & Josh Miller are the founders of FunMill Films, a film production company that writes, produces, and directs their own films as well as offering collaborations and creative consulting to other filmmakers. They will be hosting the FunMill Film Fest on February 16th.

    Zero is a dark comedy documentary following a film team as they attempt to complete a short for the 48 Hour Film Competition. Intuitions is the actual film the team was shooting during the documentary.

    Stacey Malone

    StaceyMaloneStacey Malone is an actress, producer, director and Award-Winning screenwriter. She studied acting at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio where she starred in the controversial play Between Sisters. While in college she had a role in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Selection Joy Road. She also created, wrote, produced, and directed the web series The Greek Chronicles.

    Stacey made her feature film lead debut in the independent romantic comedy as LaShonda in I’m Having an Affair with My Wife. She has started a chapter of Women in Film and Television out of Ohio, which strives to promote education and advancement for women in Film, Television and other Media, and is currently working with Kool House Media on a documentary about Cleveland’s impact on Hip Hop.

    Now What?
    A comedy/drama web series about a 20 something professional woman (Jazmine Hughes) who finds out she is unexpectedly pregnant and the night she is supposed to tell the father, he shocks her and breaks up with her before she has a chance to tell him! So, Now What does she do?

    Conrad Faraj

    ConradFarajConrad Faraj is a 29-year-old Honduran/American filmmaker based out of Cleveland, OH whose past credits include The Colours of Desire and Fighting the Sky. His passion for filmmaking started during his early teens, and since then he has worked diligently to create his own unique voice in cinema.

    The Unseen
    Siblings unravel the mystery behind their mother’s disappearance in this short film originally created for the 2019 Cleveland 48 Hour Horror Project.

    Films Curated by West 10G Productions


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