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At Home in the Universe: The Life and Times of William Shatner fonds
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- Multiple media
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1993 - 1999 (Creation)
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97 audiovisual elements and other materials.
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At Home in the Universe: The Life and Times of William Shatner is a documentary created for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s biographical series, Life and Times, which was produced by Harvey McKinnon Productions, with Harvey McKinnon as Executive Producer and Writer, Lynn Booth as Producer and Michael Tobias as Director. First broadcast in November 1999, this short film (44 minutes) is a biographical treatment of actor William Shatner that highlights significant events in his life, focusing on his career and his love for nature and children.
Harvey McKinnon of Harvey McKinnon Productions is an inspirational speaker and trainer and has raised significant funds for various non-profit organizations. He has worked as a radio columnist for CBC Radio and published in numerous Canadian newspapers. McKinnon has produced or written several award-winning documentaries, including Side by Side: Women Against Aids, The Nature of David Suzuki and The Black Sea in Crisis.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of audiovisual material created or compiled during production as well as 14 folders of written documentation related to the production of the film. It consists largely of interviews with Shatner, members of his family and associates, portions of previous roles portrayed by Shatner, as well as reminiscences from other prominent actors such as Leonard Nimoy, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart and Jason Alexander. There is also extensive footage of Shatner at his ranch, hosting his annual charity horseshow, touring his childhood home and McGill University, and his attempts to save the wild horses of Santa Cruz Island.
The content of this fonds is housed on several different video and audio formats: such as Betacam SP(small) and (large), Hi-8, VHS, U-Matic tape (¾ in.), audiocassette tape and DAT audio tape. Much of this audio and video material was used in the production of the final “cut” of the documentary, and content is represented across several of these formats, with audio content found in both audio and video formats.
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Audiovisual materials are located in the archives vault VT 2358-2547. Audio is located at AT 3841.
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Please see the finding aid for an inventory of files.
Uploaded finding aid
Peter Davis donated VHS 2544-2547 in April 2016. No further accruals are expected.
Materials include:72 Betacam SP (small) videocassettes, 15 Betacam SP (large) videocassettes, 6 U-Matic (¾ in.) videocassettes, 1 DAT audiotape, 1 Digital Video Cassette, 2 DVDs, 1 Hi8 cassette, 1 3 ½" floppy disk and 12 cm of textual records.