Series F 719-17 - Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison series

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Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison series

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F 719-17

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  • 1997-2003 (Creation)
    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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3 film reels (ca. 0 hr., 52 min., 0 sec.) : A roll, camera rolls ; 16 mm

9 videocassettes (ca. 7 hr.) : Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, VHS

1 audio cassette (45 min., 30 sec.) : DAT

1 computer disk : zip disk

0.010 m of textual records

36 photographs : prints, b&w, col. ; 25 x 20 cm, 15 x 10 cm

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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 Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison, a music documentary for television produced by Minds Eye Pictures and Roadhouse Pictures. It was produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Saskatchewan Communications Network. Playing with Poison chronicles three years of work by the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based rock band Wide Mouth Mason (comprised of Shaun Verreault, Earl Periera and Safwan Javed) as the group rises to success and fame. Included in the documentary is footage of the band's tours and performances, and interviews of the band, its manager and members of the music industry. Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison received recognition for best original score and best visual effects at the 2000 Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association Showcase Awards.

The Executive producer of Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison was Kevin DeWalt. Producers were DeWalt and Trevor Grant. It was written and directed by Grant. The editor was Dean Evans, and the cinematographer was Ken Krawczyk.

Moving image records consist of: camera rolls MI-7830 to MI-7832); raw footage (MI-7833 to MI-7834); a rough cut (MI-7835); and masters, including closed-captioned and textless versions (MI-7836 to MI-7841). The sound recording consists of an original master digital audio tape.

Textual records include production notes and work records, a media release and a publicity sheet. Graphic materials include publicity shots of the band and images of the band members performing in concert and signing autographs. All photographs were taken by Calvin Fehr.

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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-7830 to MI-7841

Sound recording: SR-1153

Photographs: GM-PH-3179 (1)-(36)

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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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