|Directed by Gudrun Bjerring Parker|
|Canada, 1943 (documentary / children's, 15 minutes, colour, English)|
|Also known as "Vitamines A, B1, C et D"|
|Photo © National Film Board of Canada|
"A four-part survey of the quantities and qualities of food needed to counteract wartime food shortages. It emphasizes the importance of vitamins A, B, C and D in well-balanced meals for children and mothers."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Film Editing:||Gudrun Parker|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada|
"The day [Gudrun Parker] arrived to work at the Film Board, on March 1, 1942, she said that she didn't get to sit down until 10:00 p.m. As an editing assistant for Raymond Spottiswood, she noted that sixteen-hour days, at $25.00 per week, were not uncommon. Gudrun Parker related the amusing story of how she came to make her first films at the Board. While attending an NFB party she went up to [John] Grierson and told him, 'I would like to make some films.' His reply was, '... then go get some money and make them!' So in the next few days she visited the Health and Welfare Department of the federal government where she discussed the need for films which would educate the public on vitamins. The Health and Welfare official, whom she says she'll never forget because he served her hot tomato juice while they spoke, was enthusiastic about her idea and agreed to fund the films. Gudrun enlisted Judith Crawley to do the camerawork. Gudrun directed and edited, and soon she had the rough cuts of three short films on vitamins A, B and C, respectively. Two months after the NFB party she saw Grierson in the corridor. He had been out of town and asked her if she had given any more thought to making a film. Much to his amazement she told him that she had three films which were in fact almost complete and wanted him to see them."
-- Mary Teresa Nash (source)
"[Gudrun Bjerring] Parker had worked as a journalist with the Winnipeg Free Press before coming to the NFB in March 1942. Hired as an assistant editor, Parker quickly showed a desire to make her own films. [John] Grierson told her to go find some money. She met with staff from Health and Welfare Canada (known today as Health Canada), and submitted a proposal for a three-film project on the importance of vitamins for the nutrition of women and children. After going back and forth several times, staff at the ministry agreed to fund the project. Parker hired Judith Crawley as cinematographer, and directed three films that were eventually released under one title: Vitamins A, B1, C and D (1943)."
-- Marc St-Pierre (source)