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Yaletown Productions Inc. fonds Mountains--British Columbia Video With digital objects English
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The gift of water

Film was produced to both inform and delight; portraying a message of environmental conservation and showing off the beauty of the province.
"The gift of water" was produced and directed by Mike Collier and Bob Rodvik. Photography by Mike Collier and Bob Rodvik. Music by Ian Berry and Don Granbery. Edited by Mike Collier. Produced by New Horizon Film Productions (1975). Film features images of nature, wildlife, and people interacting with and enjoying nature. There is no narration. Soundtrack consists of music and songs in appreciation of nature. Some scenes of the West Coast Trail.
"The gift of water" won two awards at the Canadian Film and Television Association Awards in 1975: Best Nature and Wildlife Film as well as Best Cinematography.

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.

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.

Valley of the Grizzly

  • Item is an educational wildlife film about grizzly bears. It includes footage of many wild animals and their habitats including: coyotes, wolves, mountain goats, foxes, eagles, common loons, geese, blue heron, caribou and grizzly bears.
  • Film was presented by B.C. Hydro. Photography and narration by Tommy Tompkins. Directed and edited by Michael Collier.

Tourism B.C. Marketplace Progam [Program] - Expo 86

Item is "Marketplace Program" produced for EXPO 86 and Tourism BC. Major exhibition in BC Pavilion for EXPO 86. Multi-screen laser disc interactive display. Laser discs were very new at this time and cost over $2500 each to manufacture. This laser disc was produced to be used with specially designed players that would allow for touch-screen interaction from visitors to the B.C. Pavilion. These machines no longer exist; to get an idea of what options were made available pause the playback to view what the touch-screen displays looked like.
Item includes visual vignettes featuring footage to represent various geographical areas of the province of British Columbia. Theme music plays in the background of the scenes; no dialogue. Brief written descriptions of each area of the province precede each section of footage. At 00:10:23 - 00:10:24 screen shots of all of the various touch screen menu screens appear - to see these please slow down the playback and pause for each. Starting at 00:10:26 the footage plays out that would have been associated and parsed out for the various selected menu choices. At 00:12:08-00:12:11 more screen shots of selections flash by, again slow or pause to view these fully. Starting at 00:12:12 more groupings of clips of British Columbia can be viewed. From 00:13:55-00:13:58 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:13:59 there are more groupings of clips of British Columbia. From 00:15:38-00:15:40 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:15:42 there are more groupings of clips of British Columbia. From 00:17:24-00:17:26 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:17:27 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. From 00:19:03-00:19:05 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:19:06 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. From 00:20:53-00:20:57 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:20:59 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. From 00:19:03-00:19:05 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:19:06 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. From 00:22:33-00:22:35 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:22:36 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. From 00:24:23-00:24:26 there are more menus and screenshots, pause or slow down the playback to view. Starting at 00:24:28 there are more groupings of clips showing British Columbia. At 00:26:14 there is the final section of menu screen shots and following that brief shots of hotels and lodgings in British Columbia. Final credits at 00:26:38.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Valley of the grizzly

Film was presented by B.C. Hydro and narrated by Tommy Tompkins. Produced and edited by Michael Collier.
This educational wildlife film about grizzly bears includes footage of many wild animals and their habitats including: coyotes, wolves, mountain goats, foxes, eagles, common loons, geese, blue heron, cariboo and grizzly bears.

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.

Mountain springtime

Film was a wildlife/educational piece presented by B.C. Hydro and narrated by Tommy Tompkins. Produced and edited by Michael Collier. Film features footage of swelling rivers, many different flora as well as wild animals, and their young, in their natural habitats. Wildlife featured include: moose, deer, beaver, squirrels, muskrats, geese, groundhogs, loons, osprey, fish, black bears, owls, racoons, gyrfalcons, eagles, mountain goats, foxes, lynx, cougar kittens, marmots, and grizzly bears.
Film was revised and rereleased in 1981.

Sawmill

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

Allscreen - Vancouver - reel #5

Film consists of raw footage of Vancouver that was used in video post card "Vancouver - The World in a City." Footage includes scenes of the Lynn Valley suspension bridge, the Grouse Mountain 'Skyride' (gondola), views from Grouse Mountain of the Lower Mainland, the Expo 86 site under construction, B.C. Place Stadium, the Expo Centre (now the Telus World of Science) under construction, and people walking in downtown Vancouver, City Hall, Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby B.C., and the University of British Columbia campus, 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.