Skip to main content

Conoco files on IMAX films "To Fly" and "Flyers" Files

1974-1996 Majority of material found within 1978-1985
 Collection
Identifier: 2527

Abstract

The records consists of contract and production documents for two celebrated IMAX films sponsored by Conoco, Inc., and made for the National Air and Space Museum, with an accompanying juvenile storybook.

Dates

  • 1974-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1978-1985

Creator

Extent

0.7 Linear Foot

Historical Note

On July 1, 1974, Francis Thompson, Inc., a noted New York based producer of promotional and exhibit films, drafted a proposal for the Smithsonian Institution to produce a documentary on the history of flight as a bicentennial event for the new National Air and Space Museum. Financial support was provided by the Continental Oil Company, later Conoco, Inc., and the commission was given to MacGillivray-Freeman Films of Laguna Beach, Calif.

The result was To Fly, a spectacular, award-winning documentary in the new IMAX format that had its premier at the Museum on July 1, 1976, and has been shown there ever since, as well as in other IMAX-equipped venues. The film combines a look at manned flight from hot air balloons to space exploration with the patriotic story of America's westward and then upward expansion. It astounded audiences with its then-uprecedented level of definition and stereo sound and spectacular point-of-view shots of motion and flight.

In 1981, the company, now Conoco, Inc., again collaborated with MacGillivray-Freeman Films and Dennis Earl Moore Productions to produce a second IMAX film for the National Air and Space Museum. Flyers, released in 1982, tells the story of Kyle Murphy, a fictional World War II pilot who becomes a plane restorer and movie stunt pilot and over the course of the film inspires his young cameraman to become a stunt pilot himself. The film features even more spectacular footage of recreated World War I and World War II aerial combat, including dogfights, a crippled landing on an aircraft carrier, and a wing-walking stunt over the Grand Canyon.

Following the success of Flyers, Conoco, Inc., contracted with Random House, Inc., on March 4, 1982, to create a companion picture storybook of the same title for young readers.

Scope and Content

The records cover the production and exhibition of the films To Fly and Flyers and the companion Flyers stroybook. The files cover production and distribution agreements, budgets and costs estimates, scripts and drafts, press releases, video rights and arrangements and accounting with the theatrical distributor, Lawrence Associates.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use but requires 48 hours notice to retrieve from remote storage.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Related Materials

Videos of the two films To Fly and Flyers are located in DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes, photographs, slides and promotions (Accession 2011.320), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

The records passed into the possession of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company during the period in which they were the owners of Conoco, Inc., and were given by DuPont to the Hagley Library in 2012.

Related Names

Source

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Conoco files on IMAX Films "To Fly" and "Flyers" Files
Status:
Author:
Rainer Naus and Christopher T. Baer
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400