Transitions (film)

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Directed byColin Low
Tony Ianzelo
Produced byMark Zannis
Written byColin Low
Music byEldon Rathburn
CinematographyErnest McNabb
Edited byMichael McKennirey
Release date
Running time
20 minutes

Transitions is the first full-colour 3D IMAX film, created for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 86, co-directed by Colin Low and Tony Ianzelo and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It built upon We Are Born of Stars created for Expo '85 in Tskuba, Japan, which used anaglyph 3D. The film is also notable for the first use of stereoscopic computer animation.[1][2]


Canadian National, the main sponsor of the Canada Pavilion, asked the NFB to produce a film about transportation in Canada, in keeping with the fair's theme “Transportation and Communications”.[2]

The film's computer animation sequence was produced by the Centre d'animatique unit of the NFB's French animation studio, credited to Daniel Langlois, shortly before he left the NFB to found Softimage.[3][4]


Transitions was projected on a 70-by-50-foot (21 by 15 m) screen at the pavilion's CN IMAX Theatre, to over 1.75 million people, during a six-month run.[2][4]

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  1. ^ "Lethbridge Herald article in Mormon News". 14 December 2000. Retrieved June 12, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c St-Pierre, Marc (16 July 2010). "The NFB and World Fairs, pt. 3: Vancouver and Expo 86". Blog. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Transitions". National Film Board of Canada collection.
  4. ^ a b Graham, Gerald G. (1989). Canadian film technology, 1896-1986. University of Delaware Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0874133479.

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