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Expo 86 (Vancouver, B.C.) Video With digital objects
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BC [British Columbia] postcard - The Rockies to the Pacific

Film is a promotional video for the province of British Columbia. Focusing on different sections of the province in turn the video highlights the features and tourist attractions of each. According to the donor this is most likely the original of the final production with sound and image. Director Mike [Michael] Collier; cinematography Norm Keziere, Dave Geddes, Bob Asgeirsson, Bill Rounds, Tommy Tompkins, and John Anderson; editor Rober Brandreth-Gibbs; research Sharon McGowan; narration script Don White and Sharon McGowan, narrator Art Hives; video services Post Haste Video; film lab Alpha Cine Services; sound mix Pinewood Studios; special thanks to Tourism British Columbia. Produced by Yaletown Productions. b&w 00:10:57-00:11:04 and 00:18:47-00:19:22.

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.

Expo 86 North American consumer television campaign

Item is a video which consists of eight commercials advertising Expo '86 in Vancouver to different target markets: English Canada, French Canada, British Columbia, and the United States. The commercials include shots of Canada Place, the geodesic dome of Expo Centre (now Science World), the Skytrain, Kitsilano Beach, the Empress Hotel (Victoria, B.C.), SS Princess Marguerite II, and the Premier of British Columbia Bill Bennett.

[Corporate demo tape] Demo "A" ; 10 minutes

Item is a Yaletown Productions demo tapes with segments from programs produced. Includes clips of previous productions including "A sense of wonder: Teaching elementary science," "Land above the trees," advertisements created for Vancouver Helicopters, [Alcan Aluminium Limited] or Trade: Securing Canada's Future, B.C. Hydro, SFU, Petro-Canada, and Expo 86. With the Yaletown Productions Inc. logo at the end of the tape.

EXPO 86 - 4-30 sec. commercials - Produced by Yaletown Productions Inc. For Government of Canada - External Affairs

Item is the original. "Expo 86 PSA No. 1" [Public service announcement] produced by Yaletown Productions for the Government of Canada External Affairs Department. Film has four thirty second commericals advertising Expo 86. The commercials feature footage of Vancouver and British Columbia highlighting the city, nature, tourist activities and the Expo site.

Vancouver - Spectacular by Nature - Japanese version CH 1/2 - English version CH 3/4 [English version CH 3/4]

Item is "Vancouver - Spectacular By Nature;" the last in the series of video post cards; released in 1994. The film features footage of Vancouver and the surrounding area highlighting the activities and attractions available to visitors. The final five minutes of the film features a couple of minutes of archival footage of Vancouver as a way to celebrate and acknowledge its 100 year history. Directed and edited by Mike [Michael] Collier; photography Dave Geddes, Ron Orieux, Bob Rodvik, Tim Sale, John Seale, and Bob Asgeirsson; narrator Art Hives; music Ralph Dyck; technical services Alpha Cine Service and Post Haste Video. Produced by Yaletown Productions Inc. b&w from 00:21:43-00:22:40.

Vancouver - Spectacular by Nature - Japanese version CH 1/2 - English version CH 3/4 [Japanese version CH 1/2]

Item is "Vancouver - Spectacular By Nature;" the last in the series of video post cards; released in 1994. The film features footage of Vancouver and the surrounding area highlighting the activities and attractions available to visitors. The final five minutes of the film features a couple of minutes of archival footage of Vancouver as a way to celebrate and acknowledge its 100 year history. Directed and edited by Mike [Michael] Collier; photography Dave Geddes, Ron Orieux, Bob Rodvik, Tim Sale, John Seale, and Bob Asgeirsson; narrator Art Hives; music Ralph Dyck; technical services Alpha Cine Service and Post Haste Video. Produced by Yaletown Productions Inc. b&w from 00:21:43-00:22:40.

B.C. / Expo 86 - aerials #2

This item consists of raw footage featuring B.C./Expo 86 aerials; shot in 35mm and transferred to one inch tape. Original negative no longer exists and only video footage survives. Some of this material was used in Yaletown Production's video postcard series. There are several shots of the B.C. Pavillion, now the Telus World of Science; including nighttime shots of the B.C. Pavillion, the Expo grounds and the city. Some scenes have been sped up.

B.C. / Expo '86 - aerials #1

This item consists of raw footage featuring B.C./Expo 86 aerials; shot in 35mm and transferred to one inch tape. Original negative no longer exists and only video footage survives. Some of this material was used in Yaletown Production's video postcard series. Includes nighttime footage of downtown Vancouver.

Expo '86' - press release footage

Item consists of raw footage featuring B.C./Expo 86 aerials; shot in 35mm and transferred to one inch tape. Original negative no longer exists and only video footage survives. Some of this material was used in Yaletown Production's video postcard series.

Focus on Expo - one inch master - Aug. '86

This item consists of video transfers of film footage shot at Expo 86. The raw footage was transferred to video and edited on tape into a finished production. According to the donor this is the original of the final production with sound and image combined. "Vancouver - Focus on Expo 86" was released August 1986 as a video postcard. Film featuring highlights of Expo 86 . Includes royal visit, highlights of USA, USSR, China, GM, Canada, BC, Folklife pavillions. Director, Michael Collier; Cinematography Bob Asgiersson; Editor Robert Brandreth-Gibbs; Writer Chris Aikenhead; Narration script Chris Aikenhead and Don White; Narrator Jim Hault; Video services Post Haste Video; Film Lab Alpha Cine Services; Sound mix Pinewood Studios; Produced by Yaletown Productions Inc. for Allstar Productions Inc.

Collier, Michael J.

BC [British Columbia] postcard - The Rockies to the Pacific [Japanese version]

Film is a promotional video for the province of British Columbia this version has Japanese narration. Focusing on different sections of the province in turn the video highlights the features and tourist attractions of each. According to the donor this is most likely the original of the final production with sound and image. Director Mike [Michael] Collier; cinematography Norm Keziere, Dave Geddes, Bob Asgeirsson, Bill Rounds, Tommy Tompkins, and John Anderson; editor Rober Brandreth-Gibbs; research Sharon McGowan; narration script Don White and Sharon McGowan, narrator Art Hives; video services Post Haste Video; film lab Alpha Cine Services; sound mix Pinewood Studios; special thanks to Tourism British Columbia. Produced by Yaletown Productions. Ends with an advertisement for 'Canada's Best Selling Video Postcard Series.' b&w 00:10:57-00:11:04 and 00:18:47-00:19:22.

"Expo" [camera roll 4]

Film features raw footage shot at Expo 86 and featuring: a view from the back of the rollercoaster in action and from the giant spaceship swinging ride. Silent film.

"Expo" [camera rolls 1-3]

Film consists of raw footage shot at Expo 86 and includes footage of RCMP officers interacting with the crowds, views of the Expo grounds from the monorail, crowds, the Roundhouse, the carousel, jugglers and mimes, demonstrations of prototype human-powered flying machines, views of the Expo grounds from the gondolas, the Expo 86 Air Plaza, the Plaza of Nations, people interacting with statues and stationary vehicles, Highway 86 a gray bridge structure with various modes of ground transport vehicles all painted a matching gray colour; people interacting and walking around the vehicles, children playing at the UFO H2O water park, and the Expo grounds. Silent film.

"Expo" day 3 - cam[era] rolls 4-5

Film consists of raw footage taken at Expo86 and includes scenes of the Minolta Space Drop ride, food carts, crowds, the gondolas and the view from the gondola ride, people walking on the seawall, RCMP officers, the RCMP musical ride (outdoor venue, crowds seated on grass), the floating McDonalds (and the McDonalds Tidy Tug picking up floating garbage), a beer garden, music, pavilion signs, Expo 86 grounds and the outside of several national and provincial pavilions. Silent film.

"Expo" day 3 - cam[era] rolls 1-3

Film consists of raw footage shot at Expo 86; shows: pavilions, performers, people watching, the Canada Pavilion, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, the Plaza of Nations, neon signs at the Imax theatre, cowgirls dancing, the view from a monorail car, the monorail, and crowds waiting to get on the monorail, inside the Egypt pavilion, people getting splashed riding the Cariboo Log Chute roller coaster, line-ups, crowds, people riding the Parachute Drop ride, and the view from the drop ride. 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.

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.

Expo day 2 - cam[era] roll 4

Includes raw footage taken at Expo 86 showing crowds, the Canadian Pavilion, of a wall of television screens, the Hystar Airship flying in the Canadian Pavilion, RCMP musical ride, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, with other dignitaries, watching the musical ride, close up shots of RCMP officers, and a clown dressed-up like a policeman. Silent film.

Expo day 2 - cam[era] rolls 1-3

Includes raw footage taken at Expo 86; includes shots of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, with Brian Mulroney visiting Vancouver and the Expo site. Captures scenes of the Snowbirds performing for Expo crowds. An RCMP band and mounted RCMP. Silent film.

Vancouver : city of century

Item is a videocassette containing a documentary about the city of Vancouver and Vancouver life, developed for the centennial celebrations. It includes a short introduction to the history of the city up to the 1920s using historical photographs, some film footage of First Nations peoples, and voiceover narrative.

The next section focuses on transportation, featuring scenes of airplanes, the BC ferry, the Seabus, the SkyTrain, ships in the harbour, steamboats, and cruise ships. The focus shifts towards nature and leisure activities as Stanley Park is explored with a historical photograph montage followed by film footage of park and aquarium scenes, including sea otters and killer whales. Grouse Mountain is illustrated through shots of the gondola, ski lift, and scenes of skiing. Other sport scenes include sailing ships, ocean and river kayaking, car races, bicycle races, horse races, hockey, football, boxing, golf, soccer and tennis. Life on the water is emphasised with a section on the bathtub race and associated celebrations, beach scenes, and a paddle boat tour around various Vancouver landmarks.

The next section contains a presentation of the centennial theme song ‘The Vancouver Song’ or ‘Vancouver (you'll always look like home to me)’ over a montage of scenes of the Expo Centre, the harbour, downtown, and Stanley Park.

The documentary concludes with scenes of the city at night, including Granville Island, Robson Square, neon signs downtown and at Chinese restaurants, the Expo Centre illuminated with Expo 86 lighting and shots of the sunset over the bay.

R.R. Productions

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.

Vancouver on the move

Item is a videocassette containing a documentary about the city of Vancouver.

The main focus of the documentary as a whole is the social and cultural life in the city and the relationship between the people and their surroundings in 1986, the centenary year. The visual elements are a combination of historical photographs, hand drawn illustrations, historical moving image footage, and moving image footage shot by the filmmakers between 1985 and 1986. Music with a narrator speaking in the foreground accompanies the visuals.

The early history of Vancouver is told through stories about George Vancouver naming point Grey and Burrard channel and meeting First Nations people, John Deighton (“Gassy Jack”) opening his saloon, the first city council meeting, and the arrival of the first CPR train from Montreal and ship from Yokohama.

The discussion of modern life in Vancouver that makes up the bulk of the documentary is roughly divided into sections. The first section discusses modern commerce, including shipping, transportation, forestry, fishing, and tourism. The second section discusses cultural life, including the natural beauty of Stanley Park, street scenes in Chinatown, the expo grounds and the SkyTrain, street musicians, children playing at a water park, and a football game at BC Place.

The third section focuses on the immigrant experience and how a diversity of cultures enriches life in the city. This point is illustrated with scenes of new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony, Tai Chi in Queen Elizabeth Park and Chinese dragons in Chinatown, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Powell Street Festival, a Sikh Wedding and street scenes of Main Street in South Vancouver. It also explores the dark side of the immigrant experience, discussing the 1907 race riots, the Japanese internment camps, the Komagata Maru incident, and the struggle of First Nations peoples to recover and retain their cultural heritage.

The fourth section deals with Vancouverites' love of being outside, with footage of outdoor aerobics and other fitness activities, relaxing on the beach and ‘being seen’, outdoor cocktail parties and dining, a family picnic in the park, outdoor theatre, and sailing.

Okexnon Films Inc.

Vancouver : a year in motion

Item is a videocassette containing interviews of photographers involved in a Vancouver Centennial comemmoration project.

In anticipation of the centennial year, Tom Sutherland and Cindy Bellamy worked with over fifty photographers to put together a photographic portrait book of Vancouver called “Vancouver: A Year in Motion”, intended to capture the face of the city at teh Centennial. Producer/director Craig Sawchuk followed and interviewed eight of the photographers for a documentary about the project.

The documentary follows Heather Dean, an aerial photographer, in a helicopter over Vancouver showing aerial views of the city including popular landmarks such as Canada Place, the Science Centre, BC Place, and the harbor. Sterling Ward spends some time photographing the development of the Expo 86 sites, a roller coaster, and some of the sculpture installations. Al Harvey takes candid shots at the beach during the polar bear swim and celebration on the first day on 1986. Colin Savage discusses remote control photography and swims with a dolphin and beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium with trainer Doug Pemberton. Albert Chin photographs a traditional Chinese lion ceremony for the opening of a new restaurant in Chinatown. Derik Murray was the official photographer of the Vancouver Canucks and the documentary follows him to a hockey game (Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins). Greg Athens does a photo shoot on Grouse Mountain with professional freestyle skier [Darryl Bowie]. Lloyd Sutton spends time on Granville Island photographing the local scenery, shops, and a glass blowing lesson/studio.

The documentary concludes with a scene of the photographers together going through the photos around a large table. The documentary is dedicated to Rick Hansen and concludes with footage of Hansen.

Sawchuk, Craig