Series F 719-1 - The Great Electrical Revolution series

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The Great Electrical Revolution series

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F 719-1

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  • 1989-1990, 1996 (Creation)
    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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7 film reels (ca. 2 hr., 30 min.) : A/B rolls, negative, interpositive, E roll ; 16 mm

1 sound element - optical track (ca. 0 hr., 22 min.) ; 16 mm

3 sound element - magnetic tracks (ca. 3 hr., 15 min.) ; 16 mm; 35 mm

2 video reels (ca. 1 hr.) : film transfer to video, duplicate ; 25 mm

17 videocassettes (ca. 8 hr., 30 min.) : Betacam SP, VHS, film to video transfer, master

74 photographs : transparencies, col.

6 photographs : prints, b&w ; 25 x 20 cm

0.010 m of textual records

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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 The Great Electrical Revolution, a television comedic drama program co-produced by Regina Motion Picture and Sound Studios Ltd. (a predecessor to Minds Eye Entertainment) and the National Film Board, with participation by SaskWest Television Inc. and Telefilm Canada. Financial assistance for the production was provided by the Saskatchewan Department of Culture, Multiculturalism and Recreation. The program, based on a Ken Mitchell short story, was Regina Motion Picture's first television production.

Executive producers of The Great Electrical Revolution were Kevin DeWalt and Ches Yetman. It was produced by Kevin DeWalt and Barbara J. Stewart, directed by Larry Bauman and edited by Frank Irvine. Andreas Poulsson was the director of photography. The screenplay was written by Ken Mitchell. The cast of The Great Electrical Revolution included Lewis Gordon, Jean Farr, Dwayne Brenna, Beverley Brenna, Ben Rootman, Tibor Feheregyhazi, Kay Nouch and Rick Ash.

Moving image records consist of: original negative A/B roll film reels (MI-5024 to MI-5027); an interpositive reel (MI-5028); an E roll (MI-5029), a duplicate negative reel (MI-5030); a release print (MI-5031); an optical track (MI-5032); magnetic tracks (MI-5033 to MI-5034); film to video transfer and dub video reels (MI-5035 to MI-5036); a Betacam SP master transfer from the 1" video reel (MI-5037); Betacam SP video transfers and raw footage of the making of The Great Electrical Revolution (MI-5038 to MI-5049); an excerpt of the production on Betacam SP (MI-5050); VHS release copies of the final production (MI-5051 to MI-5052); and related news clips, dubbed onto Betacam SP (MI-5053).

Also included in the series are photographic transparencies taken during the filming of the production, and still photographs from scenes of the production, as well as a file of publicity material.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records are open for research use.

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

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Moving images: MI-5024 to MI-5053

Photographs: GM-PH-3170 (1)-(79)

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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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