STK-ID 22616

Petroleum (L'Or noir): sequence showing oil fields, oil tank farm, oil refinery components, the odd man visible. LAS of tank truck moving past camera and buildings near refinery. HAS of tank cars moving on refinery spur line. MLS PAN of refinery, mountains in distant background. Sequence on men setting up exploratory drilling rig, drilling small pole, dropping sticks of explosive in it and setting charge off with plunger detonator. Shot of explosions. Cut inside monitor truck, technician taking reading, showing paper read-out to driller. Shot of squiggles on paper. TILT UP to derrick, farmer and his two horses in extreme foreground. Cut to men preparing to set up derrick, unloading power equipment. HAS of drill stem being raised. CU of business end of drill as it is lowered into bore hole. Various CUs of table turning, of turning drill stem. Shot of flare as escaping gases are burnt off. CU of bubbling oil seeping up from below. Shot of pump in operation, storage tank in background. Shot of tank truck getting full load from storage tank. Shot of truck dumping load into underground tank in other location. LAS of steam locomotive moving by camera at slow speed. HAMLS PAN of factory complex, foot hills in background. Sequence on prairie town, cowboys moving in street, cars parked at curb, herd of cattle moving through town. Sequence on small rodeo, usual events. Exterior shot of oil refinery.


Excerpt from
Les Reportages No 111
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
1920 x 1080