Fonds PR-1795 - Telefilm Services Limited fonds

Cinematographer Bob Elliott of Telefilm Services Ltd.

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Telefilm Services Limited fonds

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  • moving images
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  • 1949-1973 (Creation)
    Telefilm Services Ltd.

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85 cans of film and 1 photograph

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Established by freelance cameraman Bob Elliott in Vancouver, B.C., Telefilm Services Ltd. provided film processing and cinematography services to a variety of commercial and institutional clients.

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The fonds consists of 85 cans containing ca. 320 (approximately 36,000 feet) film elements created by Bob Elliott's company Telefilm Services Limited between 1949 and 1973. The film elements are a combination of original and edited film footage including prints, positive pictures, negative pictures, A&B rolls, outs and optical tracks. The majority of the elements have not been copied onto a view-able format and are inaccessible.

A wide variety of local, industrial and promotional subjects are included, as are television commercials and news clips.
Highlights include: the demolition of the second Hotel Vancouver, 1949; British Empire Games, 1954 (including the Bannister-Landy "Miracle Mile" and the defeat of marathon runner James Peters); Princess Margaret in Vancouver, 1958; Ripple Rock explosion, 1958; CP Air's first trans-Canada jetliner flight, 1959; W.A.C. Bennett's 1960 and 1963 election campaign tours; B.C. Liberal Party convention, 1962; a filmed presentation (for TV) featuring Robert Strachan, from the NDP's 1963 election campaign; the Queen Mother's 1963 visit to Vancouver; the 1964 visit of the Beatles to Vancouver, and scenes at their Empire Stadium concert; Vancouver City Police horse training, motorcycle drill team footage, and Marine Squad on patrol in and around Vancouver Harbour, ca.1965; operations of Columbia Cellulose and Crown Zellerbach Ltd.; views of Houston and land-clearing in the Bulkley Valley, ca.1964-66; stock shots of Vancouver streets, Stanley Park, etc.; the BC Ferry Authority vessels City of Vancouver, Queen of Nanaimo and Queen of New Westminster.

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Acquired from Bob Elliott in 1985.


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See item level records for details of copied film elements.

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No access restrictions apply.
Conservation restriction: original film material is in cold storage and is inaccessible.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright assigned to British Columbia Archives by Robert Elliott, 1985. Copyright exceptions noted in item level descriptions.

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Content notes and inventory in file F1985:03/01-85.

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No further accruals are anticipated.

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Accession number(s): F1985:03, F1988:18.


Moving image originals are in cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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