Series F 719-55 - Business records series

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F 719-55

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  • 1987-2010 (Creation)
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    Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd., 1986-

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ca. 1.000 m of textual records

10 prints : posters, col.

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

5889 photographs : negatives, b&w, col. ; 35 mm, 120

3688 photographs : slides, col. ; 35 mm

1704 photographs : transparencies, b&w, col.

9913 photographs on 327 contact sheets : prints, b&w, col.

43 computer optical discs (643 items) (ca. 79356.181 MB) : .iso, .mds, .doc, .rtf, .tif, .jpg, .bmp, .zip, .txt

3 computer disks (21 items) (ca. 2.728 MB) : .doc, .rtf, .xls, .psp ; 9 x 9 cm

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(1986-)

Administrative history

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 business records created, accumulated and used by Minds Eye Entertainment, and its predecessors, Minds Eye Pictures and Regina Motion Picture, Video & Sound Ltd.

Box 1 contains textual records relating to the film tax credit; 4 Square Productions; Pebble Beach Interactive Inc. launch of interactive CD-ROM entitled Ideas and Inspiration; Minds Eye Pictures corporate profile, business plan, branding and project development, including High Heels and Hideaways; Anne Wheeler; IMAX film entitled T. rex: Journey to Its Lost World!; Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association (SMPIA); Robert King; Josh Miller; and International Quorum of Film and Video Producers (IQ).

Box 2 contains textual records relating to the film tax credit advocacy campaign in 1997.

Box 3 contains textual records relating to the Showcase Awards; award submissions made by Minds Eye Pictures for various productions; National Screen Institute (NSI) Film Exchange; and International Quorum of Film and Video Producers (IQ).

Box 4 contains textual records relating to film festivals; awards; Minds Eye Pictures sponsorship; Local Heros International Film Festival; 2001 Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour; the 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards; Minds Eye Entertainment corporate media clippings; Crown Investments Corporation (CIC)/Crocus; Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce; 2002 Gemini Awards; 2003 International Emmy Awards; and 2002 Banff Television Festival.

Box 5 contains textual records relating to the 2003 Gemini Awards; 2003 Banff Television Festival; Minds Eye International marketing; Minds Eye Pictures (Alberta) advertising and sponsorship; Minds Eye media coverage/publicity; and two productions (Dear Mom and Dad and Family Blessings). One sheets for various productions are included.

Box 6 contains publicity materials, including newspaper and magazine articles, relating to Minds Eye International; Minds Eye Interactive; Careers in Film, Television and New Media; Saskatchewan Science Centre film camps; Reel Revel Festival; Claude Jutra Award nomination; Showcase 98; Saskatoon Initiative; and various productions (Bad Prospect, Bangladesh, Beyond the Gate, Brenda's Room, Decoy, Dukes and Eli's Lesson).

Box 7 contains publicity materials, consisting mainly of newspaper and magazine articles, relating to various productions (Eli's Lesson, Great Electrical Revolution, Incredible Story Studio, Inconvenient, It Starts at Home, Lost Daughter, Guitarman, Lyddie, Mentors, Murder Seen, On My Mind, The Plant Gods?, Prairie Berry Pie, This Sporting Ice, There and Back and 2030 CE). Included are files relating to Patricia Holdsworth Stock Photography and the 1997 Saskatchewan Film Producers Advocacy Campaign. A guest book for the Harvest Moon Productions grand opening ceremonies and open house on March 12, 1987 is also included.

Box 8 contains publicity photographs relating to the production entitled 2030 CE.

Box 9 contains publicity materials, including top pick still photographs, relating to various productions as follows: Betrayed; Beyond the Gate; Decoy; The Dentist; Do You Take This Wedding?; Don't Give Up; Eli's Lesson; The Englishman's Boy; Faces in the Crowd; Grace; The Great Electrical Revolution; Guitarman; Held Up; Incredible Story Studio; It Starts at Home; It's Your Yard; Just Cause; and The Lost Daughter.

Box 10 contains publicity materials, including top pick still photographs, relating to various productions as follows: Lullaby for Pi; Lyddie; Mentors; and Murder Seen.

Box 11 contains publicity materials, including top pick still photographs, relating to various productions as follows: My Global Adventure; Myth Quest; On My Mind; One Last Dance; Prairie Berry Pie; Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story; RIP: Great Cemeteries of the World; Risk TV; Seven Times Lucky; Something More; and A Stranger in Town.

Box 12 contains publicity materials, including top pick still photographs, relating to various productions as follows: A Stranger in Town; Stubble Jumpers; There and Back; Unsaid; Viva Las Nowhere; Walled In; Wide Mouth Mason: Playing with Poison; and Without Malice.

Box 13 contains photographs relating to Without Malice; the Careers in Film, Television and New Media program at Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan (1998), including images taken at an event at Luther attended by various individuals, including Kevin DeWalt and Dwain Lingenfelter; various Minds Eye staff, including Kevin DeWalt, Rob King and Ken Krawczyk; and an undated commercial shoot for Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel). The staff photographs include images of cameras and other filmmaking equipment used mainly in the 1990s.

The documentary art consists of posters relating mainly to various productions, including The Englishman's Boy, Guitarman, Just Cause, Decoy and Something More.

Electronic records include: screener and full versions of productions; scripts; credits; production stills and cutlines.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Data from computer optical discs was copied to digital storage.

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Graphic materials: GM-PH-3190 to GM-PH-3213

Posters: GM-DA-20 to GM-DA-28

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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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