Series F 719-28 - Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story series

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Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story series

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F 719-28

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  • ca. 1931-2006 (Creation)
    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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2.430 m of textual records
1747 photographs : prints, b&w, col.
355 videocassettes (ca. 257 hr.) : Digital Betacam, DV CAM, Betacam SP, VHS, Mini DV
4 optical discs (ca. 6 hr.) : DVD
60 audio cassettes (ca. 43 hr.) : DAT
29 computer optical discs (1162 items) (ca. 30700.000 MB) : .jpg, .mp3, .tif, .bmp. .gif, .psd, .iso, .mds, .doc, .ps, .sit, file
1 computer disk (3 items) (0.136 MB) : .edl ; 9 x 9 cm

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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 Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, a two-part mini-series for television produced by Minds Eye Entertainment in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Prairie Giant told the story of T.C. "Tommy" Douglas from his years as a Baptist minister in Weyburn, Saskatchewan to his rise as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. It aired on CBC Television and was distributed by Minds Eye International Canada. In 2006, Prairie Giant was nominated for several Gemini and Seoul Drama awards. It won a Gemini Award for best achievement in make-up; a Seoul Drama Award for best actor (Michael Therriault); several 2007 Accolade TV awards; a 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best drama; a Gold Camera Award at the 2007 U.S. International Film and Video Festival; and a 2007 ACTRA award for outstanding performance - male (Michael Therriault). Prairie Giant was filmed primarily in southern Saskatchewan.

The executive producer and producer of Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story was Kevin DeWalt. It was directed by John N. Smith and written by Bruce M. Smith. The director of photography was Pierre Letarte and the editor was Jackie Dzuba. The cast of Prairie Giant included Michael Therriault, Kristin Booth, Nicholas Campbell, Brent Carver, Aidan Devine, Paul Gross, Andy Jones, Brian Markinson, Don McKellar, Robert Moloney, R.H. Thomson and Ian Tracey.

Moving image records consist of: DV Cam transfers (MI-11328 to MI-11398); letterbox dub transfers (MI-11399 to MI-11465 and MI-11536); anamorphic transfers (MI-11466 to MI-11535); elements, work tapes, special effects and promotional tapes (MI-11537 to MI-11550); various masters, including conform, colour-corrected, CBC texted, 4x3 texted, CBC logo, DVD seamless, anamorphic, DVD dub, seamless with credits, letterbox, and international (MI-11551 to MI-11578); viewing and release copies (MI-11579 to MI-11586); research material (MI-11587 to MI-11592); and audition and casting tapes (MI-11593 to MI-11686). Sound recordings consist of DAT audio transfers.

Textual records consist of: financial documents; clearances; day files; casting material; continuity notes; scripts; research material, including copies of records from the Saskatchewan Archives Board; camera reports; film transfer reports; schedules; publicity material and records relating to travel arrangements. Graphic materials include Art Department location stills; cast photographs and continuity photographs.

Electronic records consist of: photographs; audio recordings and musical selections; digital versions of the final production; auditions; logos; a promotional video; and a focus group video recording.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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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 (mainly head shots) were retained in the textual records to preserve context.

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Moving images: MI-11328 to MI-11686

Sound recordings: SR-1189 to SR-1248

Photographs: GM-PH-3183 (1)-(1496)

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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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