Series F 719-16 - Prairie Berry Pie series

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Prairie Berry Pie series

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F 719-16

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  • 1995-2003 (Creation)
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    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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1 film reel (ca. 0 hr., 22 min.) : negative A/B roll ; 16 mm

476 videocassettes (ca. 239 hr.) : Betacam SP, Digital Betacam

1.600 m of textual records

13 audio cassettes (ca. 6 hr.) : DAT

2 audio compact discs (ca. 2 hr.) : CD-R

3 computer disks (41 items) (3.940 MB) : .doc ; 9 x 9 cm

131 photographs : prints, b&w, col.

37 photographs : transparencies, col.

175 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm

194 photographs : negatives, b&w ; 35 mm

191 photographs on 6 contact sheets : prints, b&w

7 drawings ; 50 x 40 cm

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(1986-)

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 Prairie Berry Pie (and its pilot, Brenda's Room), an educational television series produced by Minds Eye Pictures and Moose Jaw Light and Power Artistic Production Company Ltd. Created by Geoffrey Ursell and Barbara Sapergia, Prairie Berry Pie consisted of half-hour programs for pre-school children involving both human and animal puppet characters. Each episode included a dramatic story and songs, communicated themes of Canadian life and taught social skills. Prairie Berry Pie was the first television series to be filmed at the Canada-Saskatchewan Sound Stage in Regina. It aired on the Saskatchewan Communications Network and Global Television.

The executive producer for Prairie Berry Pie was Kevin DeWalt. Producers were Geoffrey Ursell, Maureen MacDonald and DeWalt. Episodes were written by Ursell, Barbara Sapergia, Michael McNamara, Rob King, Carol Greyeyes, Ken Mitchell, Drew Hayden Taylor, Jan Nowina Zarzycki, and Jordan Wheeler. Directors were Michael McNamara, Stephen Hall, Brett Bell, Chris Bailey, Rob King and Tom Davidson. The cast of Prairie Berry Pie included Brenda Baker (season one only), Kennetch Charlette, Alison Maddigan, Kent Allen and Tom Rooney, with the puppeteer talents of Trish Leeper and Jani Lauzon.

Moving image records consist of videocassettes containing: camera shots; back-up lines; film to video transfers; source and field footage; graphics, fine cuts; line cuts; electronic press kits; screeners; production masters; closed captioned masters; broadcast masters; international masters; and dub masters. The pilot and season one are comprised of MI-7353 to MI-7619; season two is comprised of MI-7620 to MI-7829.

Textual records include: development files; a production binder; scripts; daily production files; call sheets; sound reports; correspondence; and publicity materials. Sound recordings include English Master Stereo Mixes for the Season II episodes and Prairie Berry Pie songs (instrumental beds only) for Season II (show nos. 1 to 13). Graphic materials include still photography, taken mainly by Calvin Fehr, including cast head-shots; rehearsal, crew and spontaneous shots; and wardrobe and make-up continuity shots.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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

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GM-PH-3178 (1)-(606) are located in textual file no. 23. GM-PH-3178 (607)-(667) are located in textual file no. 62. GM-PH-3178 (668)-(728) are located in textual file no. 63.

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Data on disks was copied to digital storage.

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Moving images: MI-7353 to MI-7829

Sound recordings: SR-1138 to SR-1152

Graphic materials: GM-PH-3178 (1)-(728); GM-DA-13 to GM-DA-19

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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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