Series F 719-3 - Eli's Lesson series

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Eli's Lesson series

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F 719-3

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  • 1992-1993 (Creation)
    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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2 film reels (ca. 1 hr.) : negative, A roll ; 16 mm

12 video reels (ca. 7 hr., 5 min.) : film to video transfer ; 25 mm

36 audio reels : 38 cm/sec, 19 cm/sec

46 videocassettes (ca. 25 hr.) : Betacam SP, VHS, U-Matic

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

1613 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm

87 photographs : transparencies, col.

1331 photographs : negatives, b&w, col. ; 35 mm, 120

1456 photographs on 53 contact sheets : prints, b&w

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 Eli's Lesson, a family drama for television produced by Minds Eye Pictures in association with the Saskatchewan Communications Network and Western International Communications, and with the participation of the Family Channel. Development assistance was provided by SaskWest Television Inc. Eli's Lesson is the story of a young Hutterite boy who dreams of becoming a pilot despite opposition and condemnation from his uncle, the colony manager. In 1993, the production received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series, and won a Silver Screen Award for children's programming at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival. Eli's Lesson was filmed entirely within southern Saskatchewan.

The executive producer of Eli's Lesson was Kevin DeWalt. It was produced by Kevin DeWalt, directed by Peter D. Marshall, written by Marius Simonot and Aurora Winter, and edited by Richard Benwick. Barry Parrell was the director of photography. The cast of Eli's Lesson included Jack Palance, Kenneth Welsh, Robbie Bowen, Stephen Arsenych, Gaye Burgess, Aiden Pendelton and Christian Tessier.

Moving image records consist of: original negative A roll film reels (MI-5066 to MI-5067); film to video transfer video reels (MI-5068 to MI-5079); work tapes (MI-5080 to MI-5082, MI-5109 to MI-5112); electronic press kit tapes (MI-5083 to MI-5105); footage pertaining to the making of Eli's Lesson (MI-5106 to MI-5108, MI-5116 to MI-5119), promotional videos (MI-5113 to MI-5115), and final version masters (MI-5120 to MI-5125).

Also included in the series are audio reels of sound elements, location sound reports, photographic slides, prints, negatives, transparencies and contact prints depicting the filming of the production, and publicity material. The majority of the photographs were taken by Calvin Fehr Photography.

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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-5066 to MI-5125

Sound recordings: SR-652 to SR-687

Photographs: GM-PH-3171 (1)-(4512)

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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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