Born in Toronto, in 1948 John Porter shot his first super-8 film in 1968. From 1969 to 1974 he studied 16mm production at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, and in 1975 branched out to study cartooning and illustration. In 1977, he became part of the Funnel collective of independent filmmakers, which was founded in Toronto in the same year.
Over the past forty years Porter has made more than 300 short films, mostly super-8, and has performed more than 70 solo shows internationally.
Porter’s films are witty and playful, producing a strong emotional response. He produces a continuing series of silent film performances, hand-holding a Super 8 projector in front of the audience. He moves the projected image around all the walls and ceiling, following the camera movements in the film.
John will be giving a demonstrative talk to students on how to make films on Super 8. This is one not to miss!