STK-ID 2370

PAN over operating area to powerhouse. Static HAS of operations area. PAN over plant. LS and MS of bucket excavator at work in snow storm. MLS of Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd plant at sundown. LS of plant at Fort McMurray, conveyor and workmen in foreground. Cut to MCS of conveyor moving at high speeds. MS of bucket wheel in operation, scooping up tar sands. MLS of excavator. CU of wheel digging into tar sands. Shot of sign at entrance of plant. Various shots of large earth moving machines speeding on road past camera. TILT UP reformer unit tower to Canadian flag. Canted TILT UP of same. Cut to wheel excavator. Shot of conveyor carrying crushed, frozen tar sands. Dark shot of chunks of tar sands dropping into hopper. Cut to thawed tar sands moving down chute against heavy steel chains prior to entering conditioning drums. Cut to two shots of laboratory technician shaking flask of liquid during test. MS of conditioning drum rotating. HAS of separation cells in action. CU of blades skinning bitumen. Cut to interior of powerhouse control room and to face of Indigenous operator. PAN of tugboats, steel barges docked in ice. PAN over several dog houses, young sled dogs. Shot of Fort McMurray vocational school, Peter Pond School. Various AERIAL SHOTs of plant, of Athabasca River, of oil tanker moving along road, crossing over cantilever bridge. (00/03/1968)


Excerpt from
Athabaska Tar Sands
Fort McMurray, Athabasca River
National Film Board
Available formats
Digital Bétacam, Digital Video Disk, Reel 35 mm
Shooting format
16mm original ektachrome, 35mm neg b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
720 x 486