- 1930 - 2013 (Creation)
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7 lin. cm textual records
4 reels : original print , b&w ; 16mm (1277 ft.)
1 reel : print outtakes , b&w ; 16mm (427 ft.)
1 reel : reversal film , b&w ; 16mm (115 ft.)
2 reel : film compilation, b&w ; 16mm (1451 f t.)
4 reels : reversal film, colour ; 16mm (1731 ft.)
4 video recordings
4 video cassettes : Digital Betacam (123 mins.)
5 audio recordings
2 optical discs : DVD ; audio
3 reels : ¼ in. ; audio (ca. 30 mins.)
48 glass negatives (b&w)
67 35 mm negatives (60 colour, 7 b&w negatives)
6 35 mm panoramic negatives
25 prints (22 colour, 3 b&w)
2 contact sheets (colour)
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This fonds is divided into 5 series, divided by format. These are: Cinefilm, Video Materials, Audio Materials, Photographic Materials, Textual Records.
The first series, Cinefilm, contains original prints in both b&w and colour. It includes home movies, newsreels, as well as Spiess’s debut film Die Thomaner.
The second series, Video Materials, contains Digital Betacam cassettes. These include transfers of commercials, home movies, and Die Thomaner.
The third series, Audio Materials, includes soundtrack elements and radio commercials.
The fourth series, Photographic Materials includes behind the scenes photos of commercial shoots, family portraits, and glass negatives by Spiess’s father, Karl.
The fifth series, Textual Materials, includes papers relating to the formation of the first accrual of the Fritz Spiess archive. It also includes several periodicals that featured work by Spiess and technical literature about technologies of the day.
This fonds includes textual, photographic, graphic material relating to a number of productions/entities/products, including:
• The Canadian Society of Cinemathographers 1957- 2007 (2007)
• Upside Down: Les Artiques (2008)
• Upside Down: Les Artiques (2011)
• Eskimo Art Film
• Fritz Spiess fonds
• “Jamaican Pumpkin”
• Karl Spiess
This fonds includes audio-visual material relating to a number of productions/entities/commercial products, including:
• Spiess Family German home movies (1930 – 1941)
• Die Thomaner (1941)
• Spiess Family Canadian home movies (1950s)
• Canada 100 Centennial Film
• Carling Black Label
• Eskimo Art Film
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