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- Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-
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44 videocassettes (ca. 38 hr., 30 min.) : U-Matic, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, VHS
65 audio cassettes (ca. 40 hr.) : DAT, digital mastering audio cassette on S-VHS
1 audio cassette (ca. 1 hr.) : 4.75 cm/sec
0.120 m of textual records
172 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm
710 photographs : negatives, b&w, col. ; 35 mm
750 photographs on 26 sheets : contact prints, b&w
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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 Lyddie, a movie for television co-produced by The Film Works Ltd., Minds Eye Pictures, and Wall to Wall Television. Set in Prince Edward County, Ontario in the 1860s, the fictional drama tells the story of Lyddie Worthen, a young woman who is forced to leave the family farm and finds employment at a cotton mill in Cornwall, Ontario. She perseveres in her new environment, despite challenges, as she finds independence and love. Lyddie is based on a novel of the same title, written by Katherine Paterson. The production was filmed in the province of Saskatchewan and in Lancashire, England.
The executive producers of Lyddie were Kevin DeWalt (Minds Eye) and Victor Solnicki (The Film Works). It was produced by Eric Jordan (The Film Works), and Alex Graham (Wall to Wall), and directed by Stefan Scaini. It was edited by Ralph Brunjes, and Maggie Wadey was the screenwriter. The director of photography was Michael Storey. The production was distributed by Minds Eye International. The cast of Lyddie included Tanya Allen, Christianne Hirt, Simon James, Tom Georgeson, and Pat Keen.
Records consist of: videocassettes of raw footage (MI-5727 to MI-5733); film to video transfers (MI-5734 to MI-5754); press conference coverage (MI-5755); promotional material (MI-5756); an electronic press kit (MI-5757) and masters for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation (MI-5758 to MI-5770). Versions of master tapes included are: drop frame; protection; audio restriped; colour corrected; conform; e-wash conform; and international.
Sound recordings include: DAT master tapes (SR-689 to SR-738); digital audio mastering tapes on S-VHS cassettes (SR-740 to SR-754); and an audio recording of a CBC radio interview (SR-739). Textual records include: a script; audio recording work records; continuity notes; publicity material; and documents pertaining to the movie's premiere. Photographic records include slides, negatives and contact prints depicting the filming of the production. The majority of the photographs were taken by Calvin Fehr Photography.
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Moving images: MI-5727 to MI-5770
Sound recordings: SR-689 to SR-754
Photographs: GM-PH-3172 (1)-(1632)