Series F 719-29 - The Englishman's Boy series

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The Englishman's Boy series

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F 719-29

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  • 1998-2008 (Creation)
    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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1.800 m of textual records

2 audio cassettes (1 hr.) : DAT

244 videocassettes (ca. 194 hr.) : HDcam, Betacam, Betacam SP, DVcam

ca. 1406 photographs : prints, col.

142 computer optical discs (2656 items) (ca. 340044.000 MB) : .iso, .jpg, .mp3, .fcp, .edl. .html, .omf, file, .mov, .mds, .xls, .txt, .flx,
.doc, .pdf, .inf, .psd, .tif, .bmp

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Administrative history

In February, 1986, Regina Motion Picture, Video & Sound Ltd. was established when Kevin DeWalt assumed one half of a partnership with Ken Krawcyzk in Videotrends, a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan-based video company. Regina Motion Picture, Video & Sound Ltd. was incorporated on April 15, 1986 and commenced operation in Regina with DeWalt as its president and Krawczyk as its secretary-treasurer. Early contracts for the company included corporate videos, short documentaries, commercial spots and music videos. By 1988, over seventy corporate videos had been produced. In 1989, the company produced its first television drama, The Great Electrical Revolution.

Also in 1989, Regina Motion Picture, Video & Sound Ltd. was reorganized to meet the increasing challenges of the broadening film and video market. Minds Eye Pictures was formed as the division that focused on the creative development and production of television commercials, corporate and educational videos, and on film/drama development. Another division, Quantum Post Production, was formed to focus on all aspects of post-production. Throughout the 1990s, Minds Eye Pictures continued to expand its production work with a variety of feature films, and television series, television movies of the week and television mini-series.

In 2001, Regina Motion Picture, Video & Sound Ltd. (with Minds Eye Pictures as a division thereof) and another business venture, Minds Eye New Media Inc., amalgamated to form Minds Eye Entertainment. The amalgamated corporation was registered in Saskatchewan on March 1, 2001. Kevin DeWalt continued as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Highlights in the history of Minds Eye Entertainment include the international success of the Gemini Award-winning children's television series Incredible Story Studio, and the television mini-series The Englishman's Boy which earned six Gemini Awards and the Seoul Drama Award in 2008. Minds Eye Entertainment embraced the digital age with interactive projects such as the Living Dinosaur Project, and web programs including My Global Adventure and inSayshable. The company also partnered with production companies in France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and the United Kingdom to produce various television series and feature films. In its history, Minds Eye has operated production offices in Los Angeles, California, Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Currently (2017) Minds Eye Entertainment continues to maintain its head office in Regina, however it also operates a satellite office from Kelowna, British Columbia that was established in 2016. It has produced over fifty television and movie productions, many of which have been distributed by its subsidiary company, Minds Eye International.

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This series consists of records pertaining to The Englishman's Boy, a two-part mini-series for television produced by Minds Eye Entertainment. The Englishman's Boy was an adaptation for television of Guy Vanderhaeghe's Governor-General Award-winning novel. It aired in 2008 on CBC Television and was distributed by Minds Eye International. Among its numerous honours, The Englishman's Boy was awarded, in 2008, Gemini Awards for best dramatic mini-series; best performance by an actor in a leading role - dramatic program or mini-series (Nicholas Campbell); best direction in a dramatic program or mini series (John N. Smith); best costumes (Beverley Wowchuk); best performance by an actress in a featured supporting role, dramatic program or mini-series (Katharine Isabelle); and best achievement in casting (Carmen Kotyk). It also received: a Directors Guild of Canada award in 2008 for best team achievement in a television movie or mini-series; a Gold Camera Award from the 2008 U.S. Film and Video Festival; a silver plaque for outstanding mini-series at the 2009 Hugo TV Awards; several awards and honourable mentions at the 2008 Accolade Awards; and a Jury's Choice Award in 2009 by the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association. The Englishman's Boy was filmed in southern Saskatchewan.

The executive producer and producer of The Englishman's Boy was Kevin DeWalt. It was directed by John N. Smith and was written by Guy Vanderhaeghe. The director of photography was Pierre Letarte and the editor was Jackie Dzuba. The cast of The Englishman's Boy included Michael Eisner, R.H. Thomson, Ted Dykstra, David McNally, Bob Hoskins, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Therriault, Kartharine Isabelle and Don McKellar.

Moving image records consist of: S16 mm film transfers to 24p HDcam tapes for Day 1 to 50, Reels 1 to 73 (MI-11687 to MI-11761); downconvert clones for the editor for Day 1 to 17, Reels 1 to 25 (MI-11762 to MI-11786); downconvert clones for the DOP, Day 18 to 50, Reels 26 to 73 (MI-11787 to MI-11836); dubs of downconverts from HD transfer (editor's cassettes) for Day 1 to 48, Reel 1 to 69 (MI-11837 to MI-11905) and various post-production tapes, including CBC closed-captioned master, anamorphic DV to Beta NTSC, VFX tapes, international version (full production) and non-drop frame - locked (MI-11906 to MI-11930). Sound recordings consist of digital master audio cassettes.

Textual records consist of: cast members day out of days; deal memos; schedules; scripts, including editor's script and shooting script with onset rewrites; archival stills; Jackie Dzuba's research; binders containing top sheets, edit logs, facing pages, stock shots and 2nd Unit; flex files; camera reports; sound reports; cast, crew and contact lists; budgets; quotes; cost reports; resumes; pre-production and production day files (Day 1 to 50); Art Department set drawings; ACTRA contracts; publicity material; continuity notes; and files relating to travel/living arrangements, animals, and loss/damages.

Graphic materials include: continuity photographs (hair, make-up and wardrobe) and location stills, taken mainly in Regina, Indian Head, Moose Jaw and Lumsden, Saskatchewan.

Electronic records include: dailies, editing dailies and production dailies (all possibly daily rushes); the final feature-length production; feature edits and a final version for CBC; rough cuts with split and full audio; fine cuts with split and full audio and without audio; an "Indian Girl" movie version; a theatrical edit; special effects files; project file backups; music demos, themes and cues; video recordings of casting sessions; promotional videos and revisions; additional video and audio files; logo graphics; and photographs.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Data from computer optical discs was copied to digital storage.

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Additional publicity material is available in the Business Records series (F 719-55).

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Some of the photographs were retained in the textual records to preserve context.

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Moving images: MI-11687 to MI-11930

Sound recordings: SR-1249 to SR-1250

Graphic materials: GM-PH-3184 (1)-(1406)

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell

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