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- Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-
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204 film reels (ca. 57 hr., 45 min.) : negative ; 16 mm
983 videocassettes (ca. 455 hr.) : Betacam, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, VHS
854 photographs : prints, b&w, col. ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1838 photographs : negatives, b&w, col. ; 35 mm, 120
3185 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm
1090 photographs on 39 contact sheets : prints, b&w, col.
3.600 m of textual records
2 computer optical discs (90 items) (243.500 MB) : .jpg
2 computer disks (ca. 1.000 MB) : 26 items, .doc, .xls ; 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 Incredible Story Studio, a 65-episode television series for children and youth co-produced by Minds Eye Pictures and Verite Films. All of the stories in the five-season series were written and performed by children. Each half-hour episode consisted of two thematically linked stories introduced by the actual kids that wrote them. The series was developed by Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint around 1994. Kevin DeWalt was executive producer. Virginia Thompson and Rob King were producers. The series won a Canadian Association of Broadcasters CANPro Award for Best of Independent - Youth and Children in 1999 and a Gemini Award for Best Children's or Youth Program in 2000.
Moving image records include A and B camera rolls; dailies; film transfers; fine cut versions; various versions of video masters, including conform masters, colour-corrected masters, dub masters, production masters, closed-captioned masters; trailers; electronic press kits (EPKs); and viewing copies. Breakdown of videocassettes by season is as follows: Season One (MI-6264 to MI-6471); Season Two (MI-6472 to MI-6620); Season Three (MI-6621 to MI-6811): Season Four (MI-6812 to MI-7000): Season Five (MI-7001 to MI-7230); and Various (MI-7231 to MI-7246).
Graphic materials include stills relating to seasons one to five and include shots of cast and crew; casting calls, including one in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 9, 1999; press conferences; locations; and scenes from various episodes. Photographers included Cal Fehr; Shelley Campbell; Josh Sawka; Zinka Shankland; Colm Hogan; Allan Feidel; and Antoinette Martens.
Textual records include: development files; agreements and contracts; shooting schedules and reports; scripts; location files and agreements; budget and financial reports; casting files; post-production files and work records; and promotional and publicity files. Files comprised for each season are as follows: Season one (1 to 55); Season two (56 to 144); Season three (145 to 243); Season four (244 to 326); Season five (327 to 463); followed by publicity files (464 to 497). Various film/video reports are located in file 498.
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Film reels: MI-6060 to MI-6263
Videocassettes: MI-6264 to MI-7246
Graphic materials: GM-PH-3175 (1)-(6458)