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1965 - Demolition of House 3738 Pine Cresc.

Item is a family film from between 1965 and 1966. Film includes footage showing the demolition of a house at 3738 Pine Crescent, Cherniavsky family trips to Bowen Island, Whistler, Brentwood Bay, Butchart Gardens and Grattan's Ranch in Lone Butte B.C.

Family winter at Aberthau

Item is an amateur film documenting members of the Spencer family riding in a rowboat and the family playing in the snow and sledding near the family home at 1750 Trimble Street. The film documents Colonel Victor and Gertrude Spencer, and their children Isabell Louise, Barbara, Diana, Victor Vance, and John Fife. A handwritten note in the film box reads "Family winter at Aberthau- John-Baby".

Farm winter

Item is an amateur film documenting Diana and Barbara Spencer pulling their brother John Fife on a sled in the snow at the Earlscourt ranch in Lytton, B.C. Film also shows children ice skating.

City Lights Etc.

Item is an amateur film documenting Vancouver city lights at night in 1964, including several neon signs and Theatre Row on Granville Street. The film also contains snow scenes and footage of the William Gardner family at Capilano Road in North Vancouver in December 1964 and January 1965, and footage of the family at their West Vancouver home between May and July 1965.

Gardner, William

McCuaig home movie

Item is a film showing aviation scenes from with an airplane cockpit and aerial views of warships, snow scenes, on duty and candid street shots in Europe, the excavation of lot at 2316 W. 22nd Avenue, and the 1946 PNE Parade. People identified are Jean and Kenny McCuaig, their dog Perky, and Owen Wheatcroft.

1948-1952 - Patsy 1 year old to 4 years old

Item is a film showing Patricia McCuaig from ages one to four years old, skating, the McCuaig family attending christenings, children's birthday parties, the family at Boundary Bay Beach and Wayne McCuaig as a baby. Other individuals identified in the film include Jean McCuaig, Kenny McCuaig, David Goodman, Marg Clarence, Dot Toombs, Lynn Drinnan, Wil McCuaig, Do McCuaig and Anna Lena McCuaig.

[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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

America by rail - Alaska

Item is a tourist promotional video for travelling in Alaska. Features shots showing off the Alaskan landscape, following a train of tourists on their route to Northern Alaska. Includes footage of dogsledding and snowmobiling. Video has a predominantly country music soundtrack. Dubbed in Japanese with Japanese title screens and Japanese credits.

NHK [Nippon Hoso Kyokai; official English name: Japan Broadcasting Corporation]

Land above the trees

Film is about Canada's alpine country and the functioning of its unique ecosystem through the seasons. "Land above the trees" won the Golden Decade Award one of the 10 Best Productions of the Decade, the Golden Camera Award for Best Nature and Wildlife Film, it was nominated for Best of the Festival at the US Industrial Film Festival, it won the Polaris Award - Best of the Festival at the (USA) National Council for Geographic Education Film Festival, it won a Silver Medal at the 32nd International Film and Television Festival of New York, it was a finalist at the American Film and Video Festival, and it won a Certificate of Merit - Environment and Ecology at Intercom '89 Industrial Film/Video Festival.
The film was presented by the National Film Board of Canada. Writer and director Michael Collier. Cinematographer Bill Schmalz. Editor Doris Dyck. Music by John Forrest. Narration script Ron Payne. Narrator Jim Hault. Additional cinematography Michael Collier and Bob Asgeirsson. Production assistants Dick Hamilton, Dave Ponsart, and Peter McIlvaney. Re-recording Barry P. Jones. Music recording Mushroom Studios. Production coordinator Katheryn Lynch. Unit Administrator Bruce Hagerman. Producer Geogre Johnson. Executive producer Barbara Janes.

N.E. Coal "Take A Giant Step"

Item is a sponsored production produced by Yaletown Productions Inc for the B.C. government. "Take a Giant Step" is a 28 minute promotional documentary presented by the Government of British Colubmia on the North East Coal and Transportation Development project. Features construction and mining montauges and information about the project and the partnerships with Japan, the Federal Government of Canada and two mining companies. Produced and directed by Ken Jubenvill; executive producer Davd Brown; written by Richard Tomkies; assistant director Mike [Michael] Collier; photograph Bab Asgeirrson; edited by Mike [Michael] Collier; music composed by Bruce Ruddell; narrator Jim Hault; sound recording Ralph Parker, Rob Young, and Peter Bentley; additional photography Dave Geddes and Ron Orieux; sound re-recording Paul Sharpe; titles and animation International Rocketship. 1984.

The Coquihalla

Item is a sponsored production produced by Yaletown Productions Inc for the Government of British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. Video justifies and celebrates the Coquihalla highway 5. Includes footage of construction, fish and river conservation work, planning meetings, avalanches, and traffic. Sound re-recordings Barry Jones; graphics Barrie Helmer; titles West Coast Film Opticals; sound recording Martin Fossum, Eric Batut, and Larry Sutton; sound editor Stuart Copley; photographed by Bab Asgeirsson, Dave Geddes, Curt Peterson, John Seale, and Tim Sale; original music by Alex Downie Audio Productions; marrated by James Hault; edited by Jane Morrison; written by Richard Tomkies; produced by David P. Brown; directed by Ken Jubenvill; a JEM film production.

Land Above the Trees

  • Item is a film about Canada's alpine country and the functioning of its unique ecosystem through the seasons. "Land above the trees" won the Golden Decade Award ? one of the 10 Best Productions of the Decade, the Golden Camera Award for Best Nature and Wildlife Film, it was nominated for Best of the Festival at the US Industrial Film Festival, it won the Polaris Award - Best of the Festival at the (USA) National Council for Geographic Education Film Festival, it won a Silver Medal at the 32nd International Film and Television Festival of New York, it was a finalist at the American Film and Video Festival, and it won a Certificate of Merit - Environment and Ecology at Intercom '89 Industrial Film/Video Festival.
  • The film was presented by the National Film Board of Canada. Writer and director Michael Collier. Cinematographer Bill Schmalz. Editor Doris Dyck. Music by John Forrest. Narration script Ron Payne. Narrator Jim Hault. Additional cinematography Michael Collier and Bob Asgeirsson. Production assistants Dick Hamilton, Dave Ponsart, and Peter McIlvaney. Re-recording Barry P. Jones. Music recording Mushroom Studios. Production coordinator Katheryn Lynch. Unit Administrator Bruce Hagerman. Producer Geogre Johnson. Executive producer Barbara Janes.
  • This version is not as scratched and dirty from use as MI-284.

Rockies by Rail ; music and FX [effects] only offline

Item is a version of "Rockies by rail" which has no narration, only music and effects. There is a time code reading at the bottom of the screen throughout. Footage includes some nice panning shots of the city of Vancouver. Michael Collier is sometimes one of the train passengers. Some footage was shot in Alaska as well as British Columbia.

Flight of the sky hawks [broadcast version]

Item is a one hour television network documentary featuring Canada's military parachute team, the Sky Hawks, "Flight of the sky hawks: 20th anniversary celebration.;" produced in cooperation with the Department of National Defence Canada. Narrated by Donnelly Rhodes; written by Richard Tomkies; produced and directed by Michael Collier; editor Jane Morrison; and music Bruce Ruddell. The documentary follows the Sky hawks team through selection and training, their missions and goals and performances and other outreach activities the team performs as part of being a Sky hawk. From original camera source tapes. Includes blackouts for commercials.

Airborne operations - part 1

Item is an informative video about airborne opertaions, thier uses, deployment and organization. Video was collected by Yaletown Productions and consulted while producing the one hour television network documentary featuring Canada's military parachute team, the Sky hawks, titled "Flight of the Sky hawks."
Production management Pierre Gadbois Productions Inc; director Ken Steward; Location shooting Canadian Forces Photographic Unit, General Assembly; computer graphics Les Animation Drouin Inc.; post production General Assembly Post-Productions Services; land forces av [audio/visual] coordinators Major SD Werry, CD and WOG Weekes; technical advisors Major DJ Pentney, CD, Sergeant P Cane, and CLFCSC [Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College] Staff; written my Major SD Werry, CD; participating unit The Canadian Airborne Regiment; and coordinating producers Pierre Audet DND and Rhea Morais FVG. Produced for the Department of National Defence. Video is narrated and was produced with music and animation of maps and other graphics. 1990. Major dropouts throughout.

Airborne operations - part 2

Item is an informative video about airborne opertaions, thier uses, deployment and organization. Video was collected by Yaletown Productions and consulted while producing the one hour television network documentary featuring Canada's military parachute team, the Sky hawks, titled "Flight of the Sky hawks."
Production management Pierre Gadbois Productions Inc; director Ken Steward; Location shooting Canadian Forces Photographic Unit, General Assembly; computer graphics Les Animation Drouin Inc.; post production General Assembly Post-Productions Services; land forces av [audio/visual] coordinators Major SD Werry, CD and WOG Weekes; technical advisors Major DJ Pentney, CD, Sergeant P Cane, and CLFCSC [Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College] Staff; written my Major SD Werry, CD; participating unit The Canadian Airborne Regiment; and coordinating producers Pierre Audet DND [Department of Nation Defence] and Rhea Morais FVG. Produced for the Department of National Defence. Video is narrated and was produced with music and animation. 1990. Major dropouts throughout.

The curse of the lost [gold] mine

Item is the D-2 Master cassette version of "Curse of the lost gold mine." A documentary-style show that features dramatized re-enactments of actual historical events. The narrative combines a current expedition into the Pitt Lake area to search for the mine and evidence of other prospectors with an actor [Donnelly Rhodes] playing an old prospector telling tales and legends, the story is filled out with dramatizations and interviews. Final four minutes are silent after tone.

The curse of the lost [gold] mine - tape #206

Item is a copy of original film shot for the docudrama "Curse of the lost gold mine." Includes nature and wildlife scenes with no people in them as well as shots of people hiking with packs and a log cabin. Includes some mountain scenes shot from a helicopter [or airplane].

The curse of the lost [gold] mine - tape 315

Item is a copy of original film shot for the docudrama "Curse of the lost gold mine." Includes scenes of men with packs being taken by helicopter to a mountain area and left there. Scenes of three people [including Dick Hamilton who is involved in both the 1970s and 1990s efforts to make this film] hiking through beautiful nature areas and setting up camp. The men look at a map together, cook food, explore a cave, and spend some time hiking on a glacier and exploring formations and cracks.

Everest - CR [camera roll] 27-29

Film is original raw footage for the film "Everest - climb for hope." Camera: Collier/Gibson Sound: Noble/Morrow. Includes scenes of breaking camp and packing up, pack animals, and drinking tea with monks.

Everest - CR [camera roll] 31-36

Film is original raw footage for the film "Everest - climb for hope." Camera: Collier/Gibson Sound: Noble/Morrow. Scenes of mountain views and glaciers, ice formations, camping scenes with pack animals [yaks] near the tents in the snow, and the yaks being fed hay, 'The Habitat: design shelter systems' being set up, a dog, one man bathing at the campsite, ice formations, lounging at the campsite, skiing, loaded pack animals, people unloading the burdens from the pack animals, an antenna being assembled and erected, people hiking in 'Climb for hope' t-shirts, prayer flags, people playing cards, shovelling snow, and an avalanche.

Everest - CR [camera roll] 38-40

Film is original raw footage for the film "Everest - climb for hope" on location en route to Everest. Camera: Collier/Gibson Sound: Noble/Morrow. Scenes of hiking on a glacier, mountain views, men in a tent talking on a radio, men having medical check-ups, the full moon rising, the campsite, a stone [monastery] complex, a rescue operation, and clouds blowing in the wind.

Everest - CR 41-45

Film is raw footage for the film "Everest - climb for hope." Scenes of playing with a metal detector, interviews with four men, and scenes of Kathmandu; buildings and people. Camera: Gibson/Collier Sound: Noble/Morrow.

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