Item 2005.002.06.026 - Titanic: Selects for Joe MacInnis [raw footage]

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Titanic: Selects for Joe MacInnis [raw footage]

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  • 26 November 1991 (Creation)
    Al Giddings; Images Unlimited Inc.

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1 videocassette: 1 Betacam

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Dr. Joe MacInnis, C.M. MD. FRCP. (Hon) LLD. (Hon), earned a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1962 and was awarded a research position at the University of Pennsylvania to begin what would become his pursuit for the following three decades: the study of the physiology and psychology of men and women in undersea conditions. Between 1964 and 1970 he worked as the medical director of Ocean Systems Inc., the world's largest diving and underwater engineering company. In 1970, Dr. MacInnis participated in the research and writing of Canada's first national ocean policy. During this time, he initiated the first of eleven diving expeditions to study the systems and techniques needed to work safely under the ice in the near-freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean. In the next decade, his team would make more than 1,000 dives and construct the world's first undersea polar station, the Sub-Igloo.
In 1978 Dr. MacInnis led the team that discovered, explored, and filmed the HMS Breadalbane, a three-masted British barque crushed by the ice in the Northwest Passage in 1853. Located in 340 feet of water 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the HMS Breadalbane is the world's northernmost known shipwreck. Shortly after the discovery of the Breadalbane, Dr. MacInnis turned his attention to the most infamous shipwreck of all - the Titanic. He made two dives to the bow and stern of the Titanic between 1985 and 1991, and was co-leader of the two million dollar project to film the ship in IMAX format. In 2005, he joined James Cameron on a dive that produced a 90 minute live broadcast from some of the last unseen rooms of the ship.

Dr. MacInnis is involved in a number of community service projects that reflect the wide range of his interests, supporting both scientific and artistic ingenuity and the protection of the environment. He has been awarded five honorary doctorates, the Queen's Anniversary Medal, the Admiral's Medal and the country's highest honour, the Order of Canada. He regularly lectures on topics of leadership and teamwork, and continues to publish on his underwater discoveries.

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Digital file available. 1 copy on MiniDV.

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Copyright held by Al Giddings; Images Unlimited Inc.

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Typed on front label insert: ' "TITANIC" SELECTS/ AL GIDDINGS/ IMAGES UNLIMITED, INC./ FOR JOE MAC INNIS NOVEMBER 26, 1991/ DURATION: 80:00/ 8001 Capwell Drive Oakland, CA 94621/ tel. 510-562-8000 fax 510-562-8001
Inscribed on pieces of tape: 'MACINNIS/ (416)921. 1652/ MACINNIS'
Typed on spine label insert: ' "TITANIC"/ SELECTS/ AL GIDDINGS/ IMAGES UNLIMITED'
~typed on top tape label: ' "TITANIC" SELECTS/ AL GIDDINGS/ IMAGES UNLIMITED, INC./ For Joe Mac Innis NOVEMBER 26, 1991/ DURATION: 80:00/ 8001 Capwell Drive Oakland, CA 94621/ tel. 510-562-8000 fax 510-562-8001'

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Notes from initial viewing: raw footage from AG and EK in MIR; Keldysh sailing out to open water; sunrise over horizon; Keldysh leaving harbor out to open water; EK, AG, AS - discussing dive plans on Keldysh, with crew members; launch of MIR 1; scuba divers around MIR with camera; MIR dive at night with scuba divers; MIR 1 and MIR 2 meeting at ocean floor [Bermuda] - face to face; clouds of dust unsettled
/Titanic mast; steering mechanism - close-up of top; flowers left by French expedition; rope; tangled black wires; flowers next to steering [end of MDV tape 1]
/[start of MDV tape 2] T. underwater - white vase with blue flowers on bottom of ocean; cloudy white growth out of metal bowl; metal bucket; pole with branch-like growths; across debris field; brittle star on metal chunk; brittle star on sheet of metal with bolts; over metal grate; collapsed deck with rusticles; part of reciprocating engine; stern mast; engine parts; anemone; propeller blade buried in ocean bottom; cloud of dust; MIR filming propeller with fish nearby; robotic arm taking samples; close-up of robotic arm taking sample; brittle star all around; close-up of brittle star on duct; park bench arm
/travelling across debris field - mostly sandy bottom; metal cooking pots; white starline mug; binnacle; e.o.t.; close-up of e.o.t.

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