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Victoria - arborist, waterfront, roses

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, which captures an arbourist climbing a tree with ropes and spiked boots, hacking branches with an axe, and stopping for a cigarette break at the top of the tree; a shot of a large steam boat seen through the porte cochere of the Empress Hotel (Victoria, BC); and close-up shots of roses, most likely taken at either the Empress Hotel or Beacon Hill Park.

Victoria - downtown and Inner Harbour

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, which captures men and women walking down Douglas Street in downtown Victoria. The Hudson's Bay Company store can be seen in the distance. Subsequent shots capture cars at night, people, signs, buildings along the Inner Harbour, including the Customs House, and the steamer Princess Elizabeth docking at the Canadian Pacific dock.

Victoria - flowers, Camera Craft sign

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, the first half of which primarily captures many shots of young apple trees in bloom, and flowers in a garden (possibly Beacon Hill Park). The second half of the film captures Scott's neon Camera Craft sign blinking at night.

Victoria - outdoor wedding

Item is an amateur film which captures an outdoor wedding on a sunny day in British Columbia, including a bagpiper playing; the newlyweds walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, and shaking hands with guests; toasts; and cake cutting.

Victoria - royal visit : [outtakes]

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia. The film is very brief and is composed of a variety of short shots including flowers, a sedan backing up, a large steam ship with onlookers from a dock, soldiers marching, people eating dinner, and short shot of a soldier in dress uniform with a Union Jack shield visible on a building behind him. The film appears to be outtakes from Scott's footage of the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Victoria in 1939.

Victoria : saying goodbye, photographs

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, which captures a man kissing and waving goodbye to an elderly couple, as well as panning shots over what appear to be family photographs affixed to a tack board.

Visit of Queen Elizabeth - dogwood - playground

Item is a documentary film documenting Queen Elizabeth's 1959 visit to Vancouver. The film shows preparation of a presentation for her visit to Queen Elizabeth Park as well as the presentation being viewed by Queen Elizabeth. The presentation consists of an assembly of children creating a dogwood-flower-shaped formation in the park.

War ships and ceremony

Item is an amateur film which captures several shots of what appears to be a destroyer-class war ship flying the flag of the Royal Navy viewed from a nearby Canadian Navy ship. A vessel flying both the flags of Nazi Germany and the British Navy is then approached, and a ceremony involving several Canadian and German navymen is held. The German kriegsmarine navymen are frisked. Several cameramen and civilians are also in attendance.

Water Colours

"Water Colours" is an experimental art film by Michael Collier. Collier used music, colour manipulations, optical printing effects, and other techniques to create an overall psychedelic effect. It was chosen to be the opening short for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" which played in theatres across Canada. "Water Colours" was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and was included in a series of films that played in galleries and cities around the world including New York, London, and Paris.
Electronic composition by Ralph Dyke. Characters: Bob Rodvik, Pete McIlvaney, and Gary Killeen. Acknowledgments: Alpha Cine, Telesound and Werner Franz.
Film depicts man watching the water in a river. The river water becomes a psychedelic flow of colours as does the landscape around the river. Two other men arrive and appear to float and dance on the rocks. The colour and image manipulations effect the men, the rocks, the river and the landscape creating a strange and wonderful dream or imagination landscape.

Water Colours

"Watercolours" is an experimental art film by Michael Collier. Collier used music, colour manipulations, optical printing effects, and other techniques to create an overall psychedelic effect.
Starting with two 100' rolls of 16mm film shot on his Bolex camera Collier spent many hours over two years in the lab printing and reprinting the footage on different film using 'wrong' chemicals; he also experimented with multiple passes in the printer mixing colour negative and positive elements. The unique flashing and tinting effects were created by Collier with Vilmos Zsimond, Academy Award-winning cinematographer. Their innovative technique involved exposing the shot negative in a printer to low levels of coloured light before developing.
"Water Colours" was chosen to be the opening short for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" which played in theatres across Canada. "Water Colours" was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and was included in a series of films that played in galleries and cities around the world including New York, London, and Paris.
Electronic composition by Ralph Dyke. Characters: Bob Rodvik, Pete McIlvaney, and Gary Killeen. Acknowledgments: Alpha Cine, Telesound and Werner Franz.
Film depicts man watching the water in a river. The river water becomes a psychedelic flow of colours as does the landscape around the river. Two other men arrive and appear to float and dance on the rocks. The colour and image manipulations effect the men, the rocks, the river and the landscape creating a strange and wonderful dream or imagination landscape.

We Are Here to Stay!!!

Item is a recording of a documentary of Celebration '90: Gay Games III and Cultural Festival in Vancouver (B.C.). The recording opens with the opening ceremonies of Celebration '90 in B.C. Place stadium on August 4th, 1990, including the parade of athletes; remarks from Master of Ceremonies Robin Tyler, Member of Parliament and honorary board member Svend Robinson; Metropolitan Vancouver Athletic & Arts Association (MVAAA) board member and Celebration '90 Director Richard Dopson, and MVAAA board member Betty Baxter. Following is an interview with Celebration '90 Office Manager Mary Brookes with shots of the registration process and volunteers in action as participants arrive at the airport, followed by footage of a men and womens' triathalon in English Bay/West End, the awarding of medals, and a game of water polo. The documentary then continues with remarks about Celebration '90 and gay pride from MP Svend Robinson, Sports Co-chair Mark Wilson, Mike Mealiffe, author Jane Rule, Betty Baxter, Celebration '90 Executive Director Mark Mees, Richard Dopson, and Team Auckland, as well as footage of Celebration '90 Gay Games III and Cultural Festival events: "Dancelebration" (at the Commodore Ballroom), men's wrestling, women's weightlifting, women's swimming, women's and men's volleyball, men's soccer, costumed swimming relays, the festival chorus (performing at the Plaza of Nations), Swing '90 (the San Francisco City Swing Band and Tap Troupe at the Commodore Ballroom), a dance party, ice hockey, and men's and women's physique competitions. The documentary ends with the closing ceremonies of Celebration '90 in B.C. Place stadium on August 11th, 1990, including remarks from Federation of Gay Games Co-President Rick Peterson and announcement of Gay Games IV being awarded to New York (N.Y.), followed by words from Manager of Volunteer Services Heather Williams and a montage of Gay Games III Celebration '90 events.

We drivers (part 1)

Item is a motion picture film produced for local Vancouver garages, which discusses issues related to automobile maintenance. The film depicts tune-up procedures, discussing each step while illustrating it on screen. Included are scenes of a car on a lift and contemporary gasoline pumps. A discussion of automotive safety is accompanied by a rendering of "The Motorists Prayer" and footage of damaged cars. The film includes a drive to Little Mountain and around Stanley Park, showing Brockton Point, Lumberman's Arch, and Prospect Point, taking notice of the various license plates from around the world. The film ends with footage of boxing and other physical exercise.

We drivers (part 2)

Item is a film containing part 2 of We Drivers. Film contains footage of North Vancouver, a picnic at Horseshoe Bay, Howe Sound, road from Marine Drive to Grouse Mountain, Grouse Mountain highway and Chalet, the gate to Grouse Mountain; the view from Grouse Mountain, hiking around Grouse Mountain, ferry from North Vancouver to downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver skyline from the Burrard Inlet, a band stand, horse racing at Hastings Park and speed boat racing at Harrison Lake. Produced for Trimble Service Garage.

We drivers (part 3)

Item is a film containing part 3 of We Drivers. The film opens with the Inter-title: "Having said goodbye to the cowboys, we go to the Arrow Lakes." Film contains footage showing the sternwheeler S.S. "Minto", Nakusp, scenes of lakes and towns, a steamboat, Arrow Park, Carrolls Landing, Burton, Penticton, beach scenes and the return to Vancouver. Produced for Trimble Service Garage.

Westminster Bridge - Oliver, Patullo Bridge - Lions Gate

Item is a film containing footage of a rural farm area, children playing, Boy Scouts, baseball in a field, a truck laying asphalt onto the road, Pattullo Bridge construction and completion, the New Westminster waterfront, Vancouver skyline from Stanley Park, Second Beach swimming pool, view of partially finished Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park, English Bay, the Sylvia Hotel and City Hall.

Where Timber Wolves Call

Item is an educational wildlife film narrated by Tommy Tompkins. In addition to wolves, the film features many wild animals in their natural habitats including beaver, weasels, grizzly bears, moose, deer, mountain sheep, ducks, geese, coyotes, elk, cougar and ptarmigan. Filmed by Tommy Tompkins. Produced and edited by Mike [Michael] Collier.

Where timber wolves call

Film is an educational wildlife film narrated by Tommy Tompkins. In addition to wolves, the film features many wild animals in their natural habitats including beaver, weasels, grizzly bears, moose, deer, moutain sheep, ducks, geese, coyotes, elk, cougar and ptarmigan. Filmed by Tommy Tompkins. Produced and edited by Michael Collier.

Why Girls Leave Home (Part I) Greencroft Harem Party

Item is one of three amateur films documenting a private costume party at the Hamber residence at 3838 Cypress Street. The film shows footage of Aldyen Hamber and 5 unidentified female guests in costumes, dancing, smoking and making fruit offerings to a costumed Eric Hamber.

Willingdon - party on Vencedor

Item is an amateur film documenting Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hamber entertaining Governor General Lord Willingdon, Vancouver Mayor L. D. Taylor, possibly Lady Willingdon, and several other unidentified guests on their yacht Vencedor. The film also shows footage of sailboats on ocean.

Winter Survival - National Film Board [NFB]

Item is a film made by Michael Collier in collaboration with the National Film Board [NFB] of Canada. The narrative follows a cross-country skier not prepared for an emergency situation and a snowmobiler who is prepared and able to keep himself comfortable until help arrives. The skier is rescued and treated for hypothermia by a group of cross-country skiers who are knowledgeable regarding proper first aid. Produced, directed and edited by Mike [Michael] Collier; cinematography Robert S. Rodvik and Ron Orieux; location sound recording Al Westa nd Larry Sutton; narration Stan Peters; music Griffither Gibson Productions, sound re-recording Barry P. Jones; snowmobiler Richard Hamilton; cross country skiers Mark Hopkins, Dr. Ian Taylor, Jeff Graham and Marilyn Graham; consultants Dr. John Hayward and Dr. Ian Taylor; special assistance Wilf Betcher and Provincial Park Branch, Mount Seymour; unit administrator Jennifer Torrance; executive producer John Taylor; "Winter Survival" A National Film Board of Canada Pacific Regional Production (1979).

Winter survival

Film is a teaching aid and shows stories of people who made proper choices as well as those who made poor choices when preparing for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling in the wilderness. The drama of a successful rescue is also shown.
"Winter survival" won the Gold Plaque - Best Public Health Film at the Chicago International Film Festival and a Silver Screen Award - Safety and Health at the U.S. Industrial Film Festival.

Wire

Item is a short independent film filmed, directed and edited by Michael Collier. The three actors are: Dennis MacDonald, Gary Killeen and Dave Ponsart. Film depicts three men who find some insulated wire in the ocean [at wreck beach], drag it into a pile, hitchhike to downtown Vancouver, and then travel around downtown dragging the wire on the sidewalk behind them. Eventually the wire is left to one man who drags it on his own for a while until he leaves it in the car of a man from whom he hitched a ride. Popular music soundtrack.

Wire and Nail

Film contains two student films shot and produced by Michael Collier.
The short film Wire (~00:00 - 08:57) stars Dennis MacDonald, Gary Killeen and Dave Ponsart. Film depicts three men who find some insulated wire in the ocean, drag it into a pile, hitchhike to downtown Vancouver, and then travel around downtown dragging the wire on the sidewalk behind them. Eventually the wire is left to one man who drags it on his own for a while until he leaves it in the car of a man from whom he hitched a ride. Popular music soundtrack.
The short film Nail (~09:00 - 15:29) Written and directed by Mike Collier. Photography by Mike Collier and Vic Thomas. Assistance in the making of the film provided by Alpha Cine, Intermedia, and Telesound. Film shows a man sleeping and dreaming of driving nails into various objects or simply smashing them with a hammer. When he wakes up he leaves home with his lunch bucket and then quickly returns for his hammer. Music soundtrack.

Wisconsin, New York + U.S. trip DC

Item is an amateur film from the Scott family's trip to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C.. Footage includes shots of a geyser at Yellowstone; Lower Falls; bears walking on a road; mountains; a marching band in a stadium; Margaret posing with the Scott family dog; the steeple of Trinity Church in New York; ice skating; neon signs in Times Square at night; donkeys carrying baggage; Margaret posing near cacti; a family emerging from a house; a church; and waves rolling over a rocky shoreline.

Women and AIDS : A Human Rights Issue : Public Forum [panel]

Item is a video recording of a public forum sponsored by the Vancouver World AIDS Group, the Vancouver Health Department, and others, in honour of World AIDS Day in Vancouver, Saturday December 1, 1990. This year's theme 'Women and AIDS'. Opening address by Lezlie Wagman. Libby Davies reads a proclamation from the Mayor of Vancouver on World AIDS Day. The moderator is Rosemary Brown. Panelists include: Jane (Brazil, Institute of Religious Studies), Heather (Vancouver Persons with AIDS Society), Mary (Zambia, member of first HIV positive support group in Lusaka) and Laurie (Canada).

World In A City

Film consists of raw footage of fireworks at night above the Expo 86 grounds and provides a view of the City of Vancouver lit up at night featuring the Expo 86 grounds and including the BC Pavilion (now the Telus World of Science). Silent film.

World In The City - roll I

Film consists of raw footage shot at Expo 86; includes shots of the 'China Gate,' now on Pender St. in Vancouver's Chinatown; it was gifted to the city after Expo 86 by the People's Republic of China. The film also shows various means of transportation: the gondolas, the monorail, and the skytrain; the Expo 86 grounds; including the information centre, and the BC pavilion, several other pavilions, musical performers, and a mime on a unicycle. Silent film.

World In The City - roll [II]

Film features the raw footage shot at Expo 86 showing the monorail, the gondolas, ships in harbour, the Expo 86 grounds and pavilions, First nations dancers, aerial views, girl with red spherical travel machine, the USA pavilion with NASA footage, the China pavilion, animals in Canada's North: walruses, polar bears, the arctic fox, a model of a city with moving traffic and working traffic lights. Silent film.

Xmas 1973

Item is a film showing group golfing, Stanley Park including Siwash Rock and Girl in a Wetsuit statue, a trip to Atlantic City including footage of Shriners band practice at a hotel, a man dressed in a bikini, a parade and men getting shoes shined, views of New York City from inside a vehicle and Expo Spokane grounds.

Yaletown Everest 11

Item is original camera tape footage taken for the "Everest - Climb for hope" documentary. Footage includes scenes for men packing, breaking camp, and cleaning. MacIsaac gives an account of the final push to make the summit by three of the team members: Denis Brown, Mario Belladeau and John MacIsaac. Team members sort garbage and do some personal grooming, beard trimming and bathing. The video also includes footage of the Canadian team at a local settlement/monastery. The video ends with an interview with Alan about the communication from Everest with Canadian media.

Yaletown Everest 12

Item is original camera tape footage taken for the "Everest - Climb for hope" documentary. Video contains interviews with team members at a time near the end of the expedition. And one interview with an expedition Sherpa. Video contains camp ambiance, packing up and clean-up. Sherpas sort through food left-over and supplies after the expedition. The video ends with a party and a food fight.

Yaletown Everest 13

Item is original camera tape footage taken for the "Everest - Climb for hope" documentary. Ambient noise. Video contains footage of a fire built to burn garbage and the team's trip to [out of] base camp. On the way the truck gets stuck and is dug out; the truck also stops and the team interacts with some local farmers.

Yaletown Productions "Weird Wheels" ; TV [television] series

Item is promotional material for the television series "Weird Wheels" (2000). This was produced by Yaletown Entertainment as a promotional material for Life Network. The series was produced and 39 episodes completed and aired across North America. Video starts and ends with Weird Wheels animation. The cars featured include a wrought iron bug, a mobile phone (a mash up between a Chevy truck and phone booth), a hurse covered in buttons, a car for god when he comes to earth, a guitar motorcycle, and a shoe bicycle. The promotional short also visits an art car parade in San Francisco, CA.

Yaletown Productions ; Belize - promo[tional] 7:30

Item is promotional material for "Belize - Rain Forest Expedition" (1995). This was a pilot for a television series for Discovery Channel. The series did not proceed. The video introduces Belize with shots of locals, then follows a group of scientists and archeologists into the Belize rainforest where they observe wildlife and discover Mayan ruins. Information about Belize, to supplement the narration, is interspersed at the bottom of the screen.

Yaletown Productions ; IKEA [commercials]

Item is television commercials produced by Yaletown Productions for Manifesto Films Europe. Featuring: IKEA, 20 spots, 5 different commercials each in four language versions. The client is IKEA, and each commercial is presented in German, French, Italian and English. All five English versions come at the end of the tape while the foreign language versions alternate. Commercials grab the viewer's attention with humorous and risque themes.

Yaletown Productions; behind [-the-] scenes making commercials

Item is a video with a behind-the-scenes video titled "The making of Barclay personal taste," which shows the making of a Barclays commercial, as well as samples, of different lengths, of commercials made for Barclays. Features various sets, setting up sets, shots of downtown Vancouver and inside the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, actors and film crews. Video also includes a making of video for the commercial "Manifesto 2002 Caritas Brunnen" and samples of a German and English version of the finished commercial. Features a model of a mouth. "Manifesto Films August 2002 making of CableCom in Vancouver" gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a commercial for CableCom. In addition to the completed CableCom commercial video includes other Manifesto Films commercials; a Panasonic commercial, a Cheveron commercial for Orthene Fire Ant Killer, a Fox commercial for the Emmy Awards, two Kinder Bueno commercials, and a Hero FruitKiss commercial.

Yokohama festival, joint concert in Stanley Park

Item is a videocassette containing a news presentation from Japanese television about a joint concert [in Stanley Park] with Japanese and Canadian youths leading up to the Yokohama Day celebration at Expo 86.

The broadcast begins with a newscaster introducing the piece, and cuts to performances of Japanese and Canadian musicians playing jazz and band music, followed by short interviews with English speakers reacting to the music and the cultural exchange. Next up is a fashion show with ‘Miss Yokohama’ and a mixture of Japanese and Western women in traditional Japanese clothing, followed by a group of Japanese women playing traditional music on Koto. Street scenes of the grounds are followed by a brief interview with [an unknown politician or organizer] (in English) and then interviews with Japanese youth on the grounds. The band from earlier then plays an evening show, followed by interviews with the young Japanese musicians and some of the audience members (in English). The spot concludes with night footage of the grounds.

Zinc ointment

The behind the scene of the Robert Altman film "McCabe & Mrs. Miller." Self-reflexive experimental film. Colour. Soundtrack features "The Sisters of Mercy" by Leonard Cohen.

Marianne Dolan

[Apartment building fire]

Item is an organizational record film documenting an apartment building fire (address 257 street unknown) that shows firefighters wearing oxygen tanks fighting the fire inside the building as well as on the roof using an aerial ladder.

[Boundary] Bay - [Tsawwassen] Ferry - Gee How Oak Tin Assn - Nature Bridge of Yoho Park - Lake [Louise] - Rogers Pass - Can Alpine Aqua

Item is a film containing footage of the Chin family collecting driftwood at the beach, views from aboard the ferry and of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, a gathering of the Gee How Oak Tin association in the Chin Wing Chun building, exterior shots of storefronts on the 500 block of Main street, vacation footage in Yoho Park, Lake Louise and Roger's Pass and scenes in the Alpine Aqua canning factory.

[Car crash on Clark Drive and apartment building fire]

Item is an organizational record film documenting firefighters tending to a car crash on Clark Drive and an apartment building fire. The first segment shows a totalled car, with firefighters searching for victims in the burnt car and coroners coming to take the bodies away. Also includes an interview with the first police officer on the scene, Robert Clooney. The second segment shows firefighters fighting an apartment building fire by aerial ladder and performing first aid for victims, including one injured firefigher. A police boat is stationed in the water in front of the building.

[Chicago and Minneapolis parks and playgrounds]

Item is a documentary film documenting parks and playgrounds in Chicago and Minneapolis in the United States of America. The film is shot in the winter and contains footage of parks and mostly vacant recreation playgrounds and playground equipment such as a miniature train and horse and carriage. The film also documents people engaged in recreational activities at an ice rink, animals and children in a playground as well as several identifiable locations including the Alder Planetarium (Chicago), the Keith R. Olsen Memorial Recreation Centre, the Stuart Field Minneapolis Park Board building, and Barnum Park. This film may have been used by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for reference purposes.

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