Over the course of his 30-year-long career at the NFB (1955–1987), Dennis Sawyer produced a large body of work, not only as a director (12 titles) and producer (90 titles) but also as an editor (150 titles), sound technician (4 titles) and cast member (1 title). He started out as a sound technician and film editor in 1955, and his first credit as a director came in 1970. He produced his last film in 1987. His impressive and versatile career saw Sawyer working on a range of films that dealt with a variety of topics, from the Canada Vignettes series and the Fogo Island project to films about Latin America or Africa. Sawyer also directed the timeless depictions of the first four editions of the Arctic Winter Games (from 1970 to 1976), which featured many sports typically included in Olympic competitions but with a specific focus on Indigenous sports.