John Carlson


Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 415.452.5985
Office Hours and Current Schedule
Office: C122

BA in Film, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

MA in Film San Francisco State University

Faculty member at City College for 2 years

John has been teaching Film and Video Finishing for 15 years
35 years of experience in post production, as processor, printer, timer, upper management, and 24 years as a film to tape colorist. Production experience as cinematographer.

Collector and lover of all things filmic.

Fellow of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, former local and national officer of S.M.P.T.E., current Vice President of Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, President of Northern Cal. Production Council. Winner of two Emmys.

Colorist for hundreds of projects, including one Academy Award winning documentary, Emmy winning nature films, award winning independent features, and award winning ads.

Current projects as a colorist include a number of large archival film collections for restoration and digital transfer, local independent features and short narratives, as well as regional advertising and extreme sports projects.
Teaching philosophy: Learning and teaching should be dynamic, interactive and fun. My goal is to teach people what they need to know so that they can save time, money and energy. This is done by finding ways of making the subject matter interesting, (visually when possible), and making things that I found difficult to learn easy to learn.