Robert Schaller

Biographical Note

The Handmade Film Institute's Director and principal guide and teacher is Robert Schaller.  He received his MFA at the University of Colorado with Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. He then became a faculty member at the University of Colorado, among other things developing a course entitled "The Physical Properties of Film." He refined this course in teaching there for three years, then continued at the San Francisco Art Institute, the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation, and, most recently, at the Rocky Mountain Handmade Film Camp and at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.  These classes unite his background in chemistry (he was a molecular biologist early-on) with his interest in time-based art and his love of teaching.  His films have won several awards (at the Black Maria Festival), as have those of his students (including the prize for Technical Innovation at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, won by former student Zachary Schueren in 2000).  He has, additionally, made teaching appearances at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and at the University of San Francisco.  He has worked extensively with integrations of different media with film, including musical composition (he is a composer), modern dance, theater, installation, kite-making (the ongoing Aerial Cinema Project), and performance, in addition to the creation of emulsions and handmade techniques.
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