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Born in Film passes it on

After a successful run the previous year,

Born in film has paved its way to a bigger landscape.

Photo by Born in Film
An Audience of mostly millenials look on as projected image on the wall displays Franz Lopez' works.

Franz Lopez, the main presenter of Born in Film

On December 1, 2018, Born in film with its main presenter, Franz Lopez — a visual artist and photography advocate showcased his talent in the hopes of inspiring an audience to revive the love for traditional film photography.

As the sun sets, more than 350 guests filled Riverside Studios — the venue of Born in Film. The exhibit’s main feature was an informative display of cameras from different eras where people can hold, shoot and try out.

On display were clusters of installation art with artifacts arranged by Michael Valadivia that fill Franz Lopez’s journey in art, video, and photography. Laser light show with Franz’s visual diary during his travels were projected on the walls.

A spectacle of Franz' works are shown on the wall with laser lights

As the crowd cheers on, Franz explains the importance of the exhibit.

“As I share with you a glimpse of my journey through this exhibit, I hope we do not forget the fact that these small items that we just pass by each day are part of who we are and how we came to be.
They help us remember the past and at the same time inspire us to do better.”
An action portrait of Ramon Lopez, Franz' father who passed away in June of the same year

Born in film is an initiative by people who were born in the film era and those who want to discover it. It leads in amplifying the advocacy through exhibits, workshops and activities.

Born with the idea of “passing it on”, after the death of his father, Franz aims to create a sustainable community that shares knowledge to the next generation of photographers.

Together with a group of his friends, Franz aims to reach millennials who are interested about film and people who’ve always been working with the medium.

Angie de Silva, a photographer who saw the rise and fall of film shares his opinion.

"With a trained eye, one can determine which medium was used – “grain” of the film is distinctive than that of “noise” of a digital image. Film photography has almost become a lost art but not gone.

The physical process gave me a more tangible connection with the photos I take than any other method.

I love photography, it is my life. Film will stay with us!"

Millenials too are taking on Born in Film’s challenge. According to Ilford photo’s global film users survey, 37% of people under 44 are completely new to film and are trying it for the first time. The survey shows a growing interest among newbies worldwide.

Aaron Metierre, A Student Journalist of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde explains why film is still relevant today even in the digital age.

“Shooting in film is quite difficult and the whole process takes more time than digital photography. For me, it’s still relevant because photos captured on film have more value and depth in a way it’s something really memorable, a work of art worth treasuring.”

Groups like Likha Collective PH – A full service video production company and content group also threw-in their support for Born in Film. Watch the videos of the event below.

With the recently established gallery at StratoBox Studios, the Born in film team plans to go beyond this recent achievement and push ahead with Born in film II that will be bigger, better and louder.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


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