Fonds 2019.018 - Richard Story Fonds

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CA ON00349 2019.018


Richard Story Fonds


  • 1964 – 2014, predominant 1979 - 2010 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

9.45 meters of textual records

19,431 video recordings
• 107 video cassettes : VHS (ca. 164 hrs.)
• 15 video cassettes : ¾ inch U-Matic (ca. 7 hrs.)
• 133 video cassettes : ¾ inch U-Matic S (ca. 42 hrs.)
• 22 optical discs : DVD ; video (ca. 5 hrs.)
• 31 optical discs : DVD-R ; video (ca. 17 hrs.)
• 10 optical discs : Blu-ray ; video (ca. 7 hrs.)
• 2 video cassettes : 8mm (ca. 3 hrs)
• 57 video cassettes : Mini DV (ca. 56 hrs.)
• 4 video cassettes : Betacam (ca. 3 hrs.)
• 2 video cassettes : Betacam SP (ca. 3 hrs.)
• 3 video cassettes : HDCAM (ca. 2 hrs.)
• 2 video cassettes : HDCAM-R (ca. 2 hrs.)
• 7,709 MOV files (ca. 267 hrs)
• 54 MPEG files (ca. 112 hrs.)
• 11,280 MXF AVID files (ca. 15 hrs)

9,789 audio recordings
• 12 audio cassettes (ca. 16 hrs.)
• 4 audio discs : 33 rpm (ca. 36 min.)
• 9 audio discs : 45 rpm (ca. 29 min.)
• 12 optical discs : CD ; audio (ca. 7 hrs.)
• 1 optical discs : CD-R ; audio
• 4,099 mp3 files (ca. 172 hrs.)
• 1,899 WAV files (ca. 222 hrs.)
• 3,753 AIFF files (ca. 196 hrs.)

131 photographs
• 124 prints (88 col. and 36 b&w)
• 7 misc. photo cut-outs (7 col., various sizes)

14,700 digital prints
• 10,889 JPEG prints
• 3,187 TIFF prints
• 624 PNG prints

72 Electronic Records
• 35 optical discs : DVD ; data
• 18 optical discs : DVD-R ; data
• 7 optical discs : CD-R ; data
• 2 computer disks : magnetic ; 3.5 in. floppy
• 3 external drives
• 7 internal drives

2 graphic materials
• 2 posters

15 textile items
• 2 t-shirts
• 2 button shirts
• 2 pairs of shorts
• 2 pairs of socks
• 1 pair of tights
• 2 pairs of pants
• 4 pairs of shoes

53 artifacts
• 1 wooden box
• 1 camera tube
• 9 film props
• 1 bracelet
• 1 magnifying glass
• 1 coin collection
• 2 appliqué patch collections
• 1 pin collection
• 9 prize ribbons
• 3 prize rosettes
• 1 prize medal
• 1 trophy
• 9 flags
• 3 paper viewfinders
• 1 mountboard
• 4 ID cards
• 1 badge
• 1 picture frame
• 3 tote bags

Context area

Name of creator

(19?? - present)

Biographical history

Richard Story is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and educator of Coast Salish and Kanaka-Hawaiian descent, based in Toronto. He has been shooting & directing since 1980, focusing mainly on script-based drama. Richard is very involved in the Canadian Aboriginal media community.

He has written and directed over seventy short films and two feature-length movies, Some Letters to a Young Poet and Echo Lake. His work has screened at film festivals around the world and aired on TMN, Superchannel and Vision TV. He has served as artistic director for the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, as well as programmer for the environmental film festival Planet in Focus. Richard is the author of the book The Portable Film School and founder and president of the Society of Independent Digital Moviemakers.

Richard has lectured in the US, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and across Canada, and has taught digital filmmaking courses at OCAD Ontario College of Art & Design and George Brown College, as well as on Reservations across Canada. Richard Story is currently the professor of Digital Cinematography at Canadore College in Northern Ontario. In addition to teaching, Story has worked on numerous film and personal digital archive donations for clients in Canada and the US.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of 16 series, divided by production, format, and project, based on Story’s original division and organisation of files. The series are as follows:

1.“Some Letters to a Young Poet Feature Film”
2.“Echo Lake Feature Film”
3.“Palace short film”

  1. “The Time Traveler TV Movie”
  2. “Works in Development”
  3. “The Chair short film”
  4. “Duke Redbird short film”
  5. “Elusive short film”
  6. “Canadian Aboriginal Archive Project”
  7. “Writing Projects”
  8. “European Mime Tour 1990”
  9. “Personal Calendars 1986 – 2011”
  10. “Teaching Materials”
  11. “Personal Files”
  12. “Book Collection”
  13. “Indigenous Collection”.

The first series, “Some Letters to a Young Poet Feature Film”, includes story research notes, script drafts, art design research, shooting script, production stills, audio cassettes, raw footage, ¾ inch U-Matic video cassettes, Betacam SP video cassettes, VHS cassettes, casting tapes, original music recordings, handwritten tape-logs, EDLs, director’s notes, production journal, promotional materials, photographic prints and negatives, print press kits, press clippings and memorabilia related to the production of the feature film.

The second series, “Echo Lake Feature Film”, includes research notes, script drafts, shooting script with hand-written notes, art design research, location scout VHS cassettes, casting VHS cassettes, raw footage, MiniDV video cassettes, Betacam SP master video cassette, correspondences, pre-licences, financing agreements, production stills, select props, original music CD, handwritten tape-logs, director’s notes, screener VHS cassettes, production journal, DVD data discs, photographic prints and negatives, print press kits, and press clippings related to the production of the feature film.

The third series, “Palace short film”, includes script drafts in short film and feature-length formats, research notes, production stills, JPEG digital files and photographic prints, funding application, shooting script, shot lists, credits, cast correspondences, film festival programmes, DVD data discs, Mini DV video cassettes, audio CD, and one external hard drive, relating to the production of the short film.

The fourth series, “The Time Traveler TV Movie”, includes story research notes, script drafts, shooting script, art design research, casting material, development agreement, series bible, casting VHS cassettes, six first draft episodic scripts, production stills, camera reports, production notes, raw footage, handwritten tape-logs, director’s notes, production journal, mini DV video cassettes, DVD data discs, digital mov files, digital TIFF files, DVD discs, Blu-ray discs, HDCAM video cassettes, Betacam SP video cassettes, internal hard drives, textile wardrobe items, relating to the production of the TV movie.

Note there are two video cassettes (Betcam & HDCAM) in this series which have a Cree audio dub of the pilot episode, as well as versioning notes and a time-coded translation of the script in Cree and English.

The fifth series, “Works in Development”, includes textual materials such as writing notes, research notes, screenplays, beat sheets, grant applications, funding paperwork, development notes for various unproduced works. The series also contains audio-visual materials such as Mini-DV audition tapes, VHS video cassettes, and 3/4 inch U-Matic video cassettes of live comedy shows.

The sixth series, “The Chair short film”, includes textual production materials, digital prints on data CD, rough cuts on VHS video cassette, as well as final edit on DVD-R and mini DV cassette for a short film written by Sally O'Neill, and produced by Richard Story and Sally O’Neill.

The seventh series, “Duke Redbird short film”, includes promotional postcard, DVDs, DVD-R, mini DV and VHS video cassette, featuring rough cuts and final edit of the short documentary.

The eighth series, “Elusive short film”, includes script drafts for the short film and feature formats, casting documents, financing and distribution materials, photographic prints, shooting script, shot lists, VHS video cassettes, Mini DV video cassettes, DVDs, and a 3 ½ inch floppy disk relating to the production of the short film.

The ninth series, “Canadian Aboriginal Archive Project”, includes a soundtrack on audio cassette, interviews with actor Lorne Cardinal, release agreement, funding applications, digital script on 3 ½ inch floppy disk, VHS video cassettes and Mini DV video cassettes relating to the production of the project.

The tenth series, “Writing Projects”, includes textual materials relating to Story’s writing, such as a book proposal, draft, and supporting press materials for Producing & Directing an Independent Digital Movie; a sales kit, notes, correspondences, and finished drafts of The Portable Film School; and a number of 3 ½ inch floppy disks with other works.

The eleventh series, “European Mime Tour 1990”, includes VHS video cassettes, 3/4 inch U-Matic video cassettes, audio cassettes, 33 rpm audio record, photographic prints, as well as ephemera and artifacts from the tour.

The twelfth series, “Personal Calendars 1986 – 2011”, includes hand-written and colour-coded monthly calendars for each year. The calendar for 2008 is not included. Items were digitized by donor, prior to donation. The digital files are not included in this donation.

The thirteenth series, “Teaching Materials”, includes textual materials such as course notes, course descriptions, exam papers, feedback forms, film festival programmes, flipbooks, grant applications and film release press kits used as teaching examples. The series contains 36 VHS video cassettes of commercially released film productions used in the donor’s course curriculums. Photographs and digital prints are included in some of the press kits in the series. Also included are 7 mounted 35mm colour transparencies of production stills from commercially released film titles.

Please note that this series contains confidential information relation to student names, contact info and grades.

The fourteenth series, “Personal Files”, includes materials relating to the donor’s teenage years in Vancouver, and his interest in the punk and skateboarding scenes. The series includes commercial and independent music releases on 33rpm and 45rpm discs, as well as newspaper clippings, photographs, skateboarder magazines, newsletters, stickers, club membership cards, flags, and various ephemera. Artifacts include a medal, trophy, ribbons, and rosettes from skateboarding competitions.

The fifteenth series, “Book Collection”, includes a range of published books relating to the donor’s creative influences. Authors represented included Gaston Bachelard, Walter Murch, Friedrich Nietzsche and Andrey Tarkovsky.

The sixteenth series, “Indigenous Collection”, includes materials relating to the donor’s creative work and teaching in the Indigenous and Aboriginal media communities, in Canada and internationally. Textual materials include press clippings, festival brochures, media directories, training leaflets, magazines and publications relating to Indigenous issues. The series also includes commercially released DVDs and CDs from Indigenous artists, and festival tote bags.

This fonds includes textual and audio-visual material relating to the following film productions:
• Echo Lake
• Elusive
• Palace
• Some Letters to a Young Poet
• The Chair
• The Time Traveller

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following film productions:
• The Hidden Path
• Z-Virus

This fonds includes audio-visual material relating to the following film productions:
• Duke Redbird

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System of arrangement

Based on creator's own system of arrangement.

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A) Some items containing personal information may be restricted.
B) Material is subject to copyright restrictions; please consult an archivist.

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Media Commons does not own the copyright of collection materials. Consult rights holder for reproduction(s).

Language of material

  • Cree
  • English

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  • English



Richard Story on IMDB:
Richard Story on VTape:
Personal Digital Archiving:
“So ya wanna be in pictures?” Anishinabek News:
Richard Story teaching profile:

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