- 1941 - 1987 (Creation)
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12.5 m of textual records
· 3,288 prints
· 500 composite/retouched packages
· 2,889 (2,795 acetate/polyester negatives, 94 glass negatives)
· 1,158 slides/transparencies
64 audio recordings
49 open reels : ¼ in. ; video
15 audio cassettes
337 video recordings
12 open reels : 1 in. ; video (ca. 33 min.)
217 video cassette : ¾ in. U-Matic (ca. 44.8 hrs.)
74 video cassettes : VHS (ca. 42.8 hrs.)
6 video cassettes : BetacamSP (ca. 2.3 hrs.)
26 video cassettes : Digital Betacam (ca. 26.5 hrs.)
2 video cassettes : CVC (ca. 20 min.)
10 reels : production elements , colour ; 8mm (ca. 5 min.)
9 reels : release print , b&w ; 16mm (ca. 79 min.)
1 reel : duplicate negative , b&w ; 16mm (ca. 30 min.)
2 reels : negative , colour ; 16mm (ca. 27 min.)
1 reel : duplicate negative , colour ; 16mm (ca. 27 min.)
3 reels : interpositive , colour ; 16mm (ca. 75 min.)
1 reel : workprint , colour ; 16mm (ca. 22 min.)
84 reels : release print , colour ; 16mm (ca. 32.73 hrs.)
3 reels : full coat magnetic soundtrack ; 16mm (ca. 100 min.)
1 reel : interpositive , colour ; 35mm (ca. 11 min.)
38 reel : release print , colour ; 35mm (ca. 44 min.)
1,945 sets of cinex strips
· 865 sets of 35mm b&w Cinex strips
· 400 sets of 35mm col. Cinex strips
· 680 strips 16mm Cinex (col., b&w)
115 graphic materials
· 102 unframed items
· 13 framed items
books (266 titles)
periodicals (38 titles)
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This fonds includes six series, divided by format. These are: Textual Material, Photographic Material, Audio Material, Video Material, Cinefilm/Cinex, and Artifacts.
The first series, Textual Material, is chiefly made up of scripts, storyboards, production files, research files, correspondence, meeting notes, equipment files, technical drawings, bylaws, cast/crew lists, contracts and proposals.
The second series, Photographic Material, represents all periods of Spiess’ career, from his early portraiture and fine art images to his industrial/commercial work to production stills documenting his cinematographic work. This series is divided into two subseries: PH.1239 & PH.610977 and PH.240609.
The third series, Audio Material, includes soundtrack production elements and music.
The fourth series, Video Material, includes high quality dubs of the various versions of the finished commercial productions, as well as production elements for those commercials shot on video.
The fifth series, Cinefilms/Cinex, includes finished release prints of the various commercials as well as a number of short films by Spiess.
The sixth series, Artifacts, consists of examples of the tools that Spiess used to teach his students, as well as mementos of his involvement with the CSC.
This fonds includes 1,635 examples of Spiess’ commercials with most of the major local
and national clients represented. Clients/Products advertised include:
Bank of Montreal
Black Magic Chocolates
Black and Decker Tools
Canada Savings Bonds
Ford Motor Co.
General Motors Canada/GMC
Great West Life
HIV/AIDS prevention PSA
Miracle Food Mart
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Oscar Myer Wieners
Sherwin Williams paint
As well there are AV materials relating to his full length film
Die Thomaner (1941)
Don’t Hurry Past: Cerebral Palsy
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Created on April 27, 2015