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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

Aeon

Film is a copy of an Al Razutis experimental student film. 'Aeon' is a psychedelic mix of live footage, film manipulation and animation set to similarly psychedelic music and sounds. Recognisable themes include eyes, trees, water, fire, mountains, other images from nature and people. Recurring themes include a person chopping with an ax and a gull in flight. With Jurgen Hesse. Sound by Phil Werren, Film by Al Razutis, production assistance Peter Jones, with assistance from the National Film Board and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Al Razutis

Ivory founts

Film is a copy of a film, about making a film, by Chris Aiekenhead; it was created while he was a student in the SFU film workshop program. "Ivory founts" is a meta discussion of the filming and editing process. Some nudity. One scene of downtown Vancouver from the railroad tracks, Gastown.

Chris Aiekenhead

"S" - Keith Rodan, Vancouver B.C.

In 1970, Keith Rodan began to create a series of "S" films of which this film, featuring an urban landscape and images of space, is the first. Rodan developed a form of camera animation achieved by filming still photographs and connecting them (by dissolves) into textured and kinetic compositions. He used home-constructed equiptment and composed each film in the series one frame at a time. This technique, as he described it, was "montage and collage combined." The kinetics were activated by the use of zoom and pan, multiple superimpositions (instilling texture), and chains of short dissolves that combined increments of movement into fluid processes. Rodan created five "S" films between 1970 and 1971. The subject matter he used varied from urban landscapes and technology to fashion model photographs and 17th- and 18th-century English and Dutch paintings.

Keith Rodan

Schizophrenic Superman

Student short animated film by Kalle Lasn and C. [Charles] Konowal. Film begins with still images of comic book characters changing in time to the music. As the film progresses the pace of the flashing images increases frantically and the comic book and cartoon characters are joined by images of nudity, politicians, and war.
Kalle Lasn started Adbusters magazine and the phenomenon known as 'culture jamming.'

Kalle Lasn

Forest Fire - N.W. [Vancouver Civil] Strike - [Woodwards promotions]

Short films are spliced together on this reel. 00:02 - 01:34 shows a forest fire raging and being battled on the ground and from the air. Includes footage of a sawmill. 01:35 - 03:26 depicts workers, with signs, in front of Vancouver City Hall, on strike. Most of the signs read: Negotiate Now: End Civil Strike. 03:27 - 04:22 consists of animated advertisements for Woodward's department store.

[Vancouver School of Art] reading - [Social Credit campaign advertisement] - Granville [Street] riot

Short films are spliced together on this reel. 00:00 - 02:54 a student production by Greg Bellerby with the Vancouver School of Art Film Workshop which consists of music and a slow panning shot of a typed story entitled "Nude world." From 02:55 to 03:52 is a Social Credit politcal advertisement featuring Karen Magnussen and Eric McCue. And 03:53 to 05:21 is raw footage, scenes of the Granville Street riot (silent).

Greg Bellerby

Gastown riot

Film consist of raw footage of the riot in Gastown. Includes scenes of RCMP on horseback, people being taken into custody, under cover police assisting in putting people into the police vans, and skirmishes between protestors and police. Police brutality. Quite violent.

[Productions from the Vancouver School Of Art Film Workshop: The Flyin' Melon Bros.; Film on Geometric Variations; Quiver; Skin Deep]

Film consists of four Vancouver school of art film workshop student films. From 00:01 to 04:12 Gold Pie presents "The Flyin' Melon Bros," an animated short. Story and animation by Howard C. Pedlar. Camera assistance SV. Erik Eriksen. Original soundtrack by Rocky Craig, Bob Pattison, and Ken Klassen. Thanks to: Al Sens, Jean Compton, and Reader Reader. A Vancouver School of Art Production. Dedicated to Iggy. ; From 04:18 to 06:39 Animated short: Film on Geometric Variations, A Vancouver School of Art Production. By Richard Watson. Music by Ken Klassen and Richard Watson. ; 06:40 - 10:38 Animated short, produced at the Vancouver School of Art Film Workshop, a Chirp production, "Quiver." Conceived and animated by Mal Collett ; 10:39 - 14:00 "Skin Deep" is a short produced, by Robert Conway, at the Vancouver School of Art Film Workshop.

Howard C. Pedlar

[Vancouver produced television commercials and public service announcements - Progressive Conservative Party of B.C. campaign promotions]

Large reel of commercials produced in Vancouver and collected by Collier. 00:00 - 00:20 rodeo footage. 00:22 - 01:23 Television commercial for Plimley Fourth Avenue, Vancouver, Chrysler Dodge dealership featuring Basil Plimley, a view of downtown Vancouver, and a sea monster. 01:04 - 02:25 Government of British Columbia Council on Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco television public service announcement warning people of the dangers of alcohol. 02:26 - 02:55 Cartoon Yellowpages television advertisement featuring a thief in need of a locksmith. 02:56 - 03:58 Television advertisement for Woodward's Food Floors. 'All kinds of people, all kinds of food.' 04:00 - 04:32 Television advertisement for Woodward's Food Floors. Commercial focuses on cheese. 04:33 - 06:33 A public service announcement produced for the Government of British Columbia Department of the Attorney-General, warning of the dangers and risks of drinking and driving. 06:34 - 07:06 Cartoon celebrating 100 years of British Columbia joining confederation (1871 - 1971). 07:07 - 08:09 Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia advertisement featuring Darryl Warren, nature views and folk music. 08:11 - 09:12 Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia advertisement featuring Darryl Warren, nature views and folk music. 09:13 - 10:10 Advertisement for the Mazda 1200 Sports Coop. Features night driving on Granville Street. 10:11 - 11:11 Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia advertisement featuring Darryl Warren, nature views and folk music. 11:12 - 12:14 Commercial for women's clothing at Eaton's department store. The theme is 'activists.' 12:15 - 13:15 Public service announcement from BC Hydro offering advice on heating your home especially when renovating basements. 13:16 - 14:16 Public service announcement asking people to write to President Nixon and ask him to not do nuclear testing near Amchitka, an island in southwestern Alaska. 14:17 - 15:18 A montage of still archival photographs created in celebration of British Columbia's 100 years of confederation (1871 - 1971). 15:20 - 16:21 An advertisement for the Workman's Compensation Board of British Columbia. Features an air rescue of an injured worker from the interior of BC. 16:22 - 16:52 An advertisement for the Pacific National Exhibiton in Vancouver featuring amusement rides, horse racing, and crowds. 16:53 - 17:56 K-tel television commercial for "Emotions: Today's love hits, all originals." [filmed in Vancouver]. 17:57 - 18:57 K-tel television advertisement for the "Complete Let's Disco System," includes a how-to book and a record. 18:58 - 20:01 K-tel animated cartoon advertisement for 'Dumb Ditties,' a collection of silly songs. 20:02 - 21:01 K-tel advertisement for "24 Great Tear Jerkers: Original Hits, Original Stars." 21:02 - 22:02 K-tel presents "Rick Nelson 20 Golden Greats." 22:03 - 23:04 K-tel advertisement for "Girls Girls Girls 20 Great Hits" all song titles in the collection feature the name of a woman. 23:05 - 23:18 Television advertisement for Frontier malt liquor, imported by Horlick's Brewing Co., Seattle, Washington. 23:19 - 24:14 - Mazda 1800 car commercial featuring horses and golfing. 24:15 - 25:16 Public service announcement presented by the Canada Safety Council about the dangers of tailgating, comparing dangerous driving to being shot and panning over bullets with numbers on them. 25:17 - 26:20 Television commercial for a Datsun 1600. 26:21 - 26:53 Television commercial for Pacific 66, an auto body shop and gas station. 26:54 - 27:24 Televisions advertisement for a snowmobile brand 'Arctic Cat' featuring Santa Claus riding a snowmobile. 27:25 - 28:27 Television commercial for a 'Cat' snowmobile. Features a classic gangster ambience with a twist to farmer's union community hall dance.

Skiing (silent) + Grange + NO

Film contains raw footage shot at Whistler, BC and includes footage of moguls and jumping competitions as well as shots of spectators. This is followed by scenes of a party with music, pie, beer and the presentation of trophies and medals. Final scene is of a male nude skiing, jumping, and falling.

Vancouver Stanley Park 1970

Item is a home movie. Footage includes a sailboat filmed from the shore, a polar bear in Stanley Park, a monkey in a cage, Queen Elizabeth Park, ocean waves, a float plane, a winter scene, and scenes of downtown shot from a moving vehicle.

M. Collier - Calgary trip summer 72 - orig[inal] ECO

Item is a home movie. Includes footage of Michael Collier, women and small children [one of whom is Michael's son, Jason Collier], a cat, a prairie horizon and storm, a young black bear on the highway, a camp scene, [Jason Collier] and a woman near a river, the river, and more of [Jason].

P7 - Mike Collier - fun and friends - workprint - Wire outs - Rockfest - N. Van. - Noel-Jasper - Up mt. 1972

Item is a home movie. Includes some outtakes and footage from Collier's independent student films: 'Wire' and 'Water Colours.' Also shows people hiking in the woods, crowds at the Strawberry Mountain Rock Festival, men making silly faces, a woman at the beach, a cat looking at a light bulb, a child swinging garbage cans hung from chains, people sitting in a river drinking and toking, marijuana plants.

P6 gag reel and misc[ellaneous] home movies

Item is a home movie with some behind-the-scenes shots taken on Collier's worksites. Includes some footage used in the industrial film, "Winter Survival." Includes footage of two people playing tennis, men goofing around, people gardening, two girls running, Collier combing his hair.

2 - Mike Collier - San Francisco trip - 1971 - original ECO [Eastman Colour Original]

Item is a home movie of a holiday to San Francisco. Includes scenes of the ocean, flowers, scenic views, a woman on some outdoor stairs, beach scenes, highway footage taken from a moving vehicle, also some footage of a small settlement with buildings, children playing in the river and some cows [in Mexico?], the film ends with a beach sunset.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nail

Item is a short independent film 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.

Electric City / Neon Madman - Neon

Item is raw camera footage shot for the never completed film which was tentatively titled "Neon Madman" or "Electric City." Includes night street scenes featuring neon lights on Granville Street and Georgia Street, including: Movieland Arcade, Sam's, the Orpheum, Vogue Theatre, Bowmac and more. Also includes scenes of traffic, and shop windows.

Electric City / Neon Madman - Neon -7381 print from 7381 - L40 from L 0-50-50 B wind (pos)

Item is processed footage for the never completed film which was tentatively titled "Neon Madman" or "Electric City." Film has been colour manipulated. Footage includes scenes of downtown Vancouver, neon signs, traffic, pedestrians, and store window displays. Some scenes of Granville Street looking South toward Eatons, footage also shows the 'Bowmac' neon sign and many others.

Can you be a leader?

Film is a promotional and informational short produced by New Horizon Films (with support from the NFB) for for the Department of National Defense. The film follows a set of new recruits through officer training at the facility in Chilliwack, B.C.
Directed and photographed by Robert S. Rodvik, sound recording and editing by Michael J. Collier, technical advisors: Captain Stu Harper and Captain Grant Russell, music composed by Captain John Montminy, Narrated by Chad Miller, music performed by Canadian Forces Naden Band, Esquimalt, B.C.
"Can you be a leader?" won a Certificate of Excellence - Training at the U.S. Industrial Film Festival.

Full speed ahead

Film produced by New Horizon Films for the Canadian Forces. It is an informational and promotional film about being a naval officer. Directed and filmed by Robert S. Rodvik, edited by Michael J. Collier, narration by Lt.(N) G. Davidson, S. Rodvik, narrator Campbell Lane, technical advisors Lt.(N) Terry Wolfe and Lt.(N) Glen Davidson.

Sawmill

Film is a short following the lumbering process from cutting the tree down to loading the ships with lumber.

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.

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).

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