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Yaletown Productions Inc. fonds
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- Moving images
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- Source of title proper: Title is taken from the longest-lived creating body at the time of donation. At time of donation Yaletown Productions was still an active corporate body.
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- Yaletown Productions Inc.
Physical description area
2.5 m textual records and other material
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Name of creator
Michael Collier is the common thread relating the creators of this fonds to each other. For a biography of Collier and administrative histories of the film companies represented in this fonds which Collier was involved with (as founder, producer, president, partner) please see descriptions at the respective sousfonds levels: Michael Collier personal records, Tommy Tompkins Wildlife Films, New Horizon Films Ltd, North Wind Films Ltd, Yaletown Productions Inc, Urban Safari Films Inc, Post Digital Inc and Yaletown Entertainment Corp.
Yaletown Productions was incorporated Sept. 10, 1981 by equal shareholders Michael Collier, and Don White. The mandate of Yaletown Productions was to produce quality industrial films. At the time ‘industrial films’ was the common term, in the film industry, for training, promotional, and marketing films for industry and government. For many years Yaletown Productions enjoyed a market with few competitors, during which time Yaletown Productions was the largest producer of Federal Government films in Western Canada.
During its first few years the business moved several times. The first location was at 1080 Mainland St in the Yaletown district of Vancouver; the building was extensively damaged by fire in its first year and Yaletown Productions moved to 1035 Richards St. In 1984 the business expanded to larger premises at 304-990 Homer St. In 1989 Collier purchased a small office building at 1431 Howe St. and moved Yaletown Productions to this location.
Yaletown Productions won several major contracts associated with Expo86. They produced films for the Ministry of Tourism, the BC Pavilion, and the CP Pavilion. Additionally, Yaletown Productions produced commercials for Expo86 which were seen worldwide.
In the late 1980’s, in relation to the availability of portable broadcast quality video cameras, corporate videos became a large source of revenue for Yaletown Productions. Some of the films representative of this work include: "Canada’s Magnificent Snowbirds," and "Rescue at Sea."
In 1989 Collier bought out White to become the sole owner of Yaletown Productions.
Records were in the possession of Michael Collier, founder, President, and at the time of donation, sole shareholder of Yaletown Productions Inc, until time of donation.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of completed films, raw footage, textual records, and other materials related to the production of films produced by the various film production companies that Collier has been involved with throughout his film career. Fonds is organized into eight sousfonds according to creator. Each sousfonds, is in turn organized into series according to production project.
-Michael Collier personal records sousfonds
-Tommy Tompkins Wildlife Films sousfonds
-New Horizon Films Ltd. sousfonds
-North Wind Films Ltd. sousfonds
-Yaletown Productions Inc. sousfonds
-Yaletown Entertainment Corp. sousfonds
-Urban Safari Films Inc. sousfonds
-Post Digital Works Inc. sousfonds
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by Michael Collier, founder and President of Yaletown Productions Inc.
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Restrictions on access
- Access to some records in this fonds is retricted. Please consult the archivist.
- Description of the hard drive will be available in 2012 with the implementation of the new database.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Sousfonds and series descriptions available. File list and short descriptions of moving image material available.
No further accruals expected.
Includes ca. 200 photographs, 110 MB textual records, 14 audio reels, 19 audio cassettes, 24 video reels, 163 video cassettes, 98 film reels, 1 analogue disc and other moving images.