File F 709 - Stephen Onda fonds

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Stephen Onda fonds

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F 709

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  • 1983 - 2012 (Creation)
    Onda, Stephen, 1958-

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Biographical history

Stephen Alexander Onda was born on February 23, 1958 to Ed and Helen Onda. He was raised on the family farm in the Atwater, Saskatchewan district. Onda received his primary and secondary education in Atwater and Esterhazy. He studied Brass Instrument Technique and Music Theory at Mary College in Bismark, North Dakota (1977-1979) and Special Education and Developmental Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon (1979-1981). From 1981 to 1983, Onda attended the University of Regina, where he studied film and video production.

Onda's professional career as an independent producer began in 1983, when he established Framework Productions Inc., a film and video production company in Regina. Onda served as the company's president and produced the majority of its productions. After the dissolution of Framework Productions Inc., Onda established Heartland Motion Pictures Inc. He served as president and worked as a producer, co-producer and line producer from 1988 to 2000. Onda then worked as a contract producer with WestWind Pictures Inc. (2000-2003) and was CEO of Tyndal Stone Media Inc., a multi-media production company. In 2003, Onda established Stephen Onda Productions Inc. He currently (2014) continues to serve as president of that company and do production work.

Onda was one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Film Producers Association and served as president of the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA) for the 2009-2010 term. He helped SMPIA lobby the Saskatchewan Government for the creation of SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit Program. He is currently a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association and Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA). Onda regularly attended national and international film and television festivals and participated in numerous workshops and seminars.

Onda's work has received numerous award nominations and critical recognition and has won awards at major competitions and festivals at the provincial, national and international level. He was the recipient of a 1992 Gemini Award for Best Children's Drama for The Garden.

Onda and his wife, Tannis, have two children: Zach and Olivia.

Custodial history

Stephen Onda donated these records to the Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 2011 and 2013: 2011-235 (November 18, 2011) and 2013-371 (May 2, 2013).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Stephen Onda of Regina, Saskatchewan relating mainly to his professional career as a producer with and president of three Regina-based independent film and video production companies: Framework Productions Inc.; Heartland Motion Pictures Inc. and Stephen Onda Productions Inc.

This fonds consists of 45 series. Productions with a variety of records were described as separate series while productions with only single items were described as part of the Various Productions series.

The types of records included are production business records including scripts, budgets, cast and crew lists, agreements and contracts, and promotional materials; moving images; sound recordings; photographs; electronic records; and posters.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Moving images, sound recordings and photographs are available for research use. Some of the textual records are subject to access restrictions in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright retained by donor. Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor dated 25 July 2013 and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 668 consists of a fonds description, series descriptions, file listings of the textual records, item listings of the sound recordings and moving images, and item descriptions of some of the moving images and photographs.

Associated materials

Several productions that Stephen Onda worked on as an executive producer and producer are located in the Lori Kuffner fonds (F 704) in the Regina office.

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Further accruals are expected.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Henderson

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