Directors of Photography:
Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, 35mm, VHS.
"Computer animation and actuality footage are combined in this film to explain the planning and development of mines and the methods used in Inco's Canadian mines: open pit; cut and fill; caving; and blast hole. Footage shows: prospecting by airborne magnetometer and electromagnetic detectors; drilling for samples; and miners at work underground. A tour through an Inco mine is conducted by following a group of new journeyman miners through their training. Other footage shows the crushing, grinding, and separation of ore by flotation. The film looks forward to the day when minerals are retrieved mechanically or by the injection and recovery of bacteria, and contrasts archival footage of early shaft sinking to footage of miners sinking a main shaft today."