Series F 719-14 - Stranger in Town series

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Stranger in Town series

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F 719-14

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

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22 film reels (ca. 11 hr.) : orig. col. negative A and B rolls, interpositive, positive ; 35 mm

5 sound element - optical tracks (ca. 3 hr., 30 min.) ; 35 mm

57 videocassettes (ca. 29 hr., 30 min.) : Betacam, U-Matic, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP

66 audio cassettes (ca. 35 hr.) : DAT

0.600 m of textual records

36 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm

21 photographs : prints, col. ; 15 x 72 cm or smaller

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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 Stranger in Town (alternate title, Bad Prospect) a movie for television produced by Minds Eye Pictures in association with Porchlight Entertainment. Billed as a family suspense thriller, Stranger in Town tells the tale of Jack Beldon, a drifter living in the small town of Elm Creek. He befriends new residents Katherine Tomlinson and her family, and who is soon accused by Katherine's son, Aaron, of murdering a local woman. The production was filmed in Regina and Indian Head, Saskatchewan and in the Qu'Appelle Valley near Lumsden. Stranger in Town won an award for best art direction at the 1998 Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association Showcase Awards.

Executive producers of Stranger in Town were Bruce D. Johnson, Kevin Dewalt and William T. Baumann. Its producers were Rob King, Kevin DeWalt and Josh Miller. It was directed by Stuart Margolin and written by John Hopkins. Jackie Dzuba was the editor and Jim Jeffrey was the director of photography. The cast of Stranger in Town included Harry Hamlin, Graham Greene, Rebecca Jenkins, Shaun Johnston, Dixie Seatle, Trevor Blumas, and Alison Pill.

Moving image records consist of: original colour negative A and B rolls film reels (MI-7247 to MI-7262); a promo reel (MI-7263); optical tracks (MI-7264 to MI-7268); interpositive reels (MI-7269 to MI-7273); film transfers to video tape; work tapes; electronic press kit tapes; promo tapes; and close-captioned, international, and dub master tapes (MI-7274 to MI-7330).

Sound recordings consist of raw footage on digital audio tapes. Photographs consist of slides of production stills and prints taken during location scouting. Textual records include: a production binder; scripts; production reports; call sheets; camera reports; video transfer reports; film lab processing reports; and daily production files.

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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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Moving images: MI-7247 to MI-7330

Sound recordings: SR-1072 to SR-1137

Photographs: GM-PH-3176 (1)-(57)

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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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