To the top

Canada, 1976

Film
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This film documents the construction of C.N. Tower in Toronto Canada, which is the world’s tallest freestanding structure, built as a link for nation wide communications. The first 1500ft of the tower is concrete, followed by an observation deck and atop of this a 300ft antenna. The film explains in detail the construction techniques used to build the tower from the ground upwards assisted by the use of cranes and a helicopter. Excellent use of time-lapse photography shows the progression of construction, where 22ft of the tower is added on to every 24 hours. The challenge made by the builders to make this tower is even made harder by the freezing temperatures and snow. A 70’s score accompanies the superb photographic views with the inclusion of some nice chunky base riffs and a stummy divergence, which is reminiscent of the theme from The Love Boat.

Credits

producer

Don Haldane

production company

Westminster Films

Language

English

Duration

00:27:12:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

29610

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Time lapse cinematography

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Buildings

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Construction industry

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Construction workers

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Communications - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Public works - Canada

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Telecommunication

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Telecommunication systems - History

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

History → History

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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