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Eldon Rathburn: They Shoot... He Scores

Eldon Rathburn: They Shoot... He Scores

| 26 min

This short documentary traces the life and career of composer Eldon Rathburn. A music lover since childhood, Rathburn used to go to the movies in Saint John, New Brunswick, in the 1920s just to hear the soundtrack. In 1947, he joined the National Film Board as a staff composer and went on to score over 300 documentaries and feature films. He is responsible for the music heard in classic NFB films like City of Gold and the IMAX feature Momentum, as well as the scores for lesser-known “classics” like Hog Family Supreme and Fish Spoilage Control.

  • director
    Louis Hone
  • sound
    Louis Hone
  • producer
    Judith Merritt
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • camera
    Tony Ianzelo
    Wolf Koenig
  • editing
    Annie Ilkow
  • sound editing
    Chris Crilly
  • re-recording
    Louis Hone


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