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Experts at covering news and current affairs, many of Canada's finest documentary filmmakers turned their cameras to the past for Canada: A People's History, applying the techniques of their craft - and the same exacting standards - to illustrate and evoke the events of yesterday.

Six photographers spent two years shooting the sequences for the series, travelling through ten provinces and two territories, and gathering footage from the ice cold arctic to the hot dry prairies. The shoots were done using digital cameras, producing sharp, high quality images and allowing for broadcast in the same 16x9 aspect ratio seen in films.

MICHAEL SWEENEY CSC, Director of Photography
Award-winning cinematographer Michael Sweeney brings over 25 years of journalistic experience to the series Canada: A People's History. His fieldwork has taken him around the world, from Nelson Mandela's release in South Africa and the wars in Lebanon and Iran, to the break up of the Soviet Union. More recently, he worked on the award-winning documentary Dawn of the Eye, a series on the history of newsreels and television news. Working with the CBC since 1979, Sweeney was a documentary cameraman for The Journal (1981-1992) and later The Magazine (1992-1996). He won a Gemini award for his work on Sudan: Children of Darkness, a 1989 CBC documentary on refugee children in Ethiopia and Sudan, and is a four-time Gemini nominee.

Cameramen:

MAURICE CHABOT, CBC Ottawa
DEREK KENNEDY, CBC Halifax
PIERRE MAINVILLE, Radio-Canada Montreal
GAÉTAN MORISSET, Radio-Canada Montreal
HANS VANDERZANDE, CBC Toront
Behind the lens: Six photographers spent two years shooting the sequences for the series
Behind the lens

Six photographers spent two years shooting the sequences for the series, travelling through ten provinces and two territories.

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