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  • 2004-0059 (Source: Library and Archives Canada)

Date produced: 1949


Jack S. Grassick

Charles Woodley

Country of Production:







99 ft





Sound Notes:



Library and Archives Canada list of titled amateur films


"Film about how to make films." Library and Archives Canada.


This film is a part of the Charles Devenish Woodley Collection held by Library and Archives Canada.

LAC notes that an excerpt from this film was used in the NFB documentary My Father's Camera (Karen Shopsowitz, 2000).





Charles Devenish Woodley Collection, Library and Archives Canada


  • Screened by the Toronto Movie Club on Jan. 18, 1979 (Panorama, March-April 1979, 16): Toronto, ON

Viewing Notes:

"It shows: a man outdoors running past a man who is standing with a hand-cranked camera on a tripod; close-up of marching feet; stock footage of 1920s bathing beauty contestants; building in background; man running into a stadium; intertitle about the importance of correct exposure; man with camera holding an exposure metre; another man comes along, speaks into the exposure metre as if it is a microphone and moves off; intertitle about the importance of camera angles; shot of lopsided camera angle; man walking along; intertitle about the impact of colour; scene of the man transforms into a Norman McLaren-like scratched-animation colour sequence, ending with a stick figure; stick figure turns into a red circle shape and then is juxtaposed onto the “O” of a woman’s lips; child eating a sandwich; intertitle indicating a pause for refreshment, playing on the Coca-Cola slogan; cut to people drinking soft drinks; more shots of people eating sandwiches, interspersed with stock footage of camels and other animals eating; back to scenes of people eating at a picnic; man blows into a paper bag; intertitle about the importance of motion; man running; footage of speed boats and water skiers (probably taken at the Canadian National Exhibition); train; amusement park rides; man jumping into water; train; skating; intertitle about splicing; shot spliced upside down; more scenes of man running and another man with camera; the cameraman sighs and smiles; trick photography shot of man moving up stairs and through objects without seeming to move legs in a sequence reminiscent of McLaren’s stop-motion and pixillation work; similar trick shots of man moving along the ground; trick shots of man moving up wall and ceiling of a room; man running to camera and concluding shot of the cameraman, his back to the camera with a sheet of paper, marked “The End” attached to the back of his coat," Library and Archives Canada.