Series F 719-15 - Mentors series

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Mentors series

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F 719-15

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  • 1998-2001 (Creation)
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    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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22 videocassettes (ca. 14 hr.) : Betacam SP

1.900 m of textual records

569 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm

4 photographs : prints, b&w, col. ; 25 x 20 cm

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(1986-)

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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 Mentors, a four-season children's fictional dramatic series for television, produced by Anaïd Productions Inc. and Minds Eye Pictures. Mentors tells the adventures of two computer-wizard teens who use their genius and skill to bring back to life famous historical figures, often to help them with the challenges of their teenaged lives. Among its honours, Mentors was awarded: multiple Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association Rosie awards; the 1999 Alliance for Children and Television Award of Excellence for Best Drama; a 2000 Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (Matt Frewer); and a 2001 Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series. Mentors was filmed on location in Edmonton, Alberta. It appeared on the Family Channel in Canada and was distributed to over fifty countries by Minds Eye International.

Mentors was created by Josh Miller of Minds Eye Pictures. Its executive producer was Kevin DeWalt, and producers were Miller and Margaret Mardirossian (Anaïd). The cast of Mentors included Chad Krowchuk, Sarah Lind, Belinda Metz, Shaun Johnston, along with guest appearances from notable actors portraying the historical figures, including Elliott Gould, Saul Rubinek, Megan Follows, Michael Moriarty, Dave Thomas, and Roddy Piper.

Moving image records consist of dub masters of certain episodes, including those aired on the Family Channel. Textual records include: productions files; scripts; editor's files; publicity and clipping files; contracts; and focus test results. Contained within the textual files are photographic slides and prints taken during production of Mentors.

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

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Photographs were retained in the textual files to preserve context.

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Moving images: MI-7331 to MI-7352

Photographs: GM-PH-3177 (1)-(573)

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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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