The Other Side Season 2 Launch Event
SMPIA was proud to be on hand for the launch event for season two of The Other Side. Produced by SMPIA members Angel Entertainment, The Other Side follows a team of paranormal investigators in their pursuit to make contact with Canada’s most unsettled spirits.
Amoung the festivities on the night, cast and crew participated in the first live-streaming a paranormal investigation in Canada from one of the oldest hotels in Saskatoon - The Senator Hotel.
Learn more about the program here.
Recap! NightClub Confidential Season 3 Premier
Season 3 has kicked off in style at their premier party at Metric Designs Showroom. You can catch this final season of the series on City Saskatchewan
Nightclub Confidential is a half hour City Saskatchewan documentary series that chronicles the trials and tribulations of Saskatoon’s Tequila NightClub owners Simon Papadopoulos and Bryan “Chunk” Pawlachuk as they try to bring the big-city club experience to small-city Saskatoon.
Patient 62 Starts Production
The locally produced film "Patient 62" began production September 19, 2015. Written by SMPIA member, Rick Anthony, Patient 62 follows Lucas Chase as he sets out to find his sister after a series of nightmare.
Learn more about the film here.
The Star Phoenix On Quizzine
SIFA 2015 - Call for Submissions
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative are now accepting submissions to the Second Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards. The SIFAs showcase and celebrate the creative and diverse film and video works by the Members of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and Saskatchewan Filmmakers.
Learn more about how to apply here.
SaskatchewanFilmpool Cooperative - SaskShot Photo Challenge
The Filmpool has announced their Summer photo competition - SaskShot. There are five catergories: Portrait, Landscape, Film Noir, Photo Editing, and Poetry. The contest is open to all Filmpool members and SK residents.
Winners from each category will be published in an upcoming issue of Splice Magazine.
Learn more about the photo challenge here.
Minds Eye Entertainment's TIFF Premiere
Congratulations goes out to SMPIA members Minds Eye Entertainment whose co-production “Forsaken” was chosen to have its world premiere at a Gala presentation at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.
SMPIA board member Kevin DeWalt is a producer behind the film which follows a gunslinger who, tormented by a dark secret, abandons his life of killing and returns home only to discover his mother has died. He is now forced to confront his estranged father and the life he left behind.
Read more about the premiere here.
Doowett Picked Up By Picture Box
Congratulations to SMPIA member Adrian Dean whose animated series Doowett has been picked up for international distribution by Toronto company Picture Box. Dean’s project was one of four productions who were sign to the Canada-based distribution company.
The show follows Doowett who is always searching for opportunities to explore and play. Doowett and his friends do not talk. Each character’s emotions are expressed by musical sounds and when they harmonize, they create a charming duet the length of each two-minute short.
Learn more about the signing here.
Filmpool Film Camp Wraps
Congratulations to the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative for wrapping this year's Conexus Film Camp. The week with these future filmmakers ended with a screening of the participants works at the Regina Public Library.
WolfCop 2 Meets It's Goal
WolfCop 2 has passed its IndieGoGo campaign’s goal. The film is a sequel to WolfCop, which follows the exploits of part-werewolf part-cop Lou Garou. The campaign gave fans the ability to weigh in on who they’d like to see cast in the sequel. Congratulations to the whole team!
SMPIA Members Feature In PlayBack
Congratulations to both Angel Entertainment and Jane Lesiuk for being featured in PlayBack Online. Angel Entertainment was featured for their documentary short, Sergeant Bill. The short is filming around the province right now and is loosely based on a famous Saskatchewan Goat.
Jane Lesiuk was featured for her project I Came Back, which looks at new ways to tackle the issues surrounding mental illness.
To learn more about Angel Entertainment click here.
SMPIA Members Projects Receive Grants
SMPIA members Shaye Metcalfe and Rick Anthony are among the recipients for the 2015 Filmmakers Production Assistance Program. Metcalfe received the grant to support his project “Floating at a Distant Border” and Anthony received for his project “Patient 62”.
Learn more about Patient 62 here.
Learn more about Floating at a Distant Border here.
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTION BEGINS ON A.R.C.H.I.E.
REGINA, Saskatchewan (June 1, 2015) – Principal photography has commenced on Trilight Entertainment’s feature film A.R.C.H.I.E. in Saskatchewan. A.R.C.H.I.E. will be distributed worldwide trough Double Dutch International.
The family feature film is written and directed by Robin Dunne, Produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis, Sara Shaak, Joan Speirs and Executive Produced by Tina Bates, Jack Tunnicliffe, and Jason Moring.
A.R.C.H.I.E. (Artificial Robotic Canine Hyper-?Intelligence Experiment) tells the enchanting tale about a young girl named Isabel, who makes friends with A.R.C.H.I.E. – a robotic dog who possesses many special abilities. The film explores the universal themes of the power of friendship; the importance of being true to one’s self, and what it means to belong.
A.R.C.H.I.E. stars Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary), Robin Dunne (Sanctuary, Space Milkshake), Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas, Just Friends), Farrah Aviva (Bates Motel, Swindle), Sarah Desjardins (Into the Grizzly Maze, Clue) and Jonathan Whitesell (The Unspoken, The Hollow).
Financed in partnership with Clairwood Capital, the production of A.R.C.H.I.E. in Saskatchewan brings a significant boost to the production community and marks the first of a number of projects Trilight and Clairwood will shoot throughout Canada over the next while.
“Clairwood strongly believes in Trilight Entertainment and the team that has been assembled for A.R.C.H.I.E. It’s a classic story with all the elements to be a financial success internationally” says Clairwood Capital President and Producer, Glenn Paradis.
“Trilight has grown substantially in our partnership with Clairwood Capital. A.R.C.H.I.E. is the first of many productions we have planned as a team and am happy to bring the first one back to Saskatchewan.”, says Producer and Trilight Entertainment President, Shayne Putzlocher.
“I drew inspiration for A.R.C.H.I.E from some of the classic films I loved growing up”, said Writer/Director Robin Dunne. “Our goal is to make a modern film with a vintage feel that will resonate with audiences of all ages through its humor and heart”.
ABOUT TRILIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – Trilight Entertainment (www.trilight.ca) is a media production company based in Calgary, AB. Partners Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis, and Sara Shaak bring a variety of experience in production, financing, and business development in order to produce high concept feature film and television productions. A.R.C.H.I.E. marks the sixth project produced by Trilight Entertainment in recent years.
ABOUT CLAIRWOOD CAPITAL – Clairwood Capital (www.clairwoodcapital.com) is a media financing company that manages investments in a select portfolio of independent film and television projects with a number of partners.
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YFF Announces Nominations
The Yorkton Film Festival Nominations are out, and Saskatchewan has made a strong showing. Among those nominated are local production companies Bamboo Shoots, Twisted Pair Productions, Fahrenheit Films, Aristea Artists, and Blister Cinema.
Many local filmmakers are also connected with projects that were nominated. Congratulations goes out to Lowell Dean, Candy Fox, Mike Rollo, and Kent Tate. The program "The Praire Diner" has also been recognized.
For a complete list of the nominees, as well as the projects their attached to, visit the Yorkton Film Festival's website here.
The YFF's will take place May 21-24, 2015
Nadia Williamson One Of Saskatchewan's Future 40
Big Congratulations to SMPIA member Nadia Williamson for winning CBC Saskatchewan Future 40!
Nadia was nominated by SMPIA's own executive director, Vanessa Bonk. The CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 recognizes individuals in Saskatchewan who are leaders, builders, and change-makers in the community. As a 2009 Young Woman of Distinction winner, and local business-owner, Nadia certainly fits the bill. Earlier this year, Nadia also became the fifth female Chair of the Regina Chamber of Commerce board. We'd also like to recognize all the other winners and nominees, and thank them for all they do to help make Saskatchewan shine!
Read more about all the nominees and winners here.
WolfCop Released on DVD/Blu-Ray
Aroo! Half-man, half-wolf, and a hundred per cent available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Get yourself ready for the WolfCop sequel, expected later this year, by picking up the original. You can now bring home the movie the National Post called "The Best Canadian Film of 2014".
Learn more about where to purchase WolfCop, and updates on the sequel, here.
"Nordic Lodge" Premieres
The newest non-fiction television program from Partners In Motion has launched. "Nordic Lodge" had a special premier this monday to a packed house at Lancaster Taphouse. The event was MC'd by producer, and SMPIA member, Chris Triffo, and featured appearances by show star Jennifer Huculak- Kimmel and Saskatchewan Roughrider Paul Woldu. The kick-off continue with the television premier of the show on Wednesday on City Saskatchewan.
If you want to catch the trails and tribulations as two new parents try to balance family while running a fishing lodge in Northern Saskatchewan, you can catch the program every wednesday at 7:00pm on City Saskatchewan.
Read more about the new reality show here.
Becoming A Storypreneur Taking Applications
SMPIA board member has confirmed bursaries for participants from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, BC, and Yukon for her 10 week online digital marketing course, Becoming A Storypreneur. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from uping their online brand, make sure to take advantage of this course.
Deadline to apply: March 16, 2015
To learn more, or to apply for the course, click here.
Java Post Production Owns The Sky
SMPIA members Java Post Production are flying high in a new article by the Leader-Post. The team's aerial photography team - responsible for shots in WolfCop, Corner Gas: The Movie, and many commercials - is highlighted in the piece. The report is hitting with some good timing. The team at Java Post just welcome a new drone to their squad.
Read the article here.
Becoming a Storypreneur Launches
SMPIA Board Member, and digital marketer, Annelise Larson's online course "Becoming a Storypreneur: Digital Marketing for Screen Media" has kicked off and is getting a lot of attention. The workshop, which teaches filmmakers and other storytellers how to embrace new digital business models and entrepreneurial thinking has already been featured in The Broadcaster, and will also be focused on in upcoming articles from both the Globe and Mail and Playback.
Becoming a Storypreneur is currently taking applications for Cohort 2 from now until March 16, 2015.
Learn more about the course here.
Brent Butt's Compliments Java Post Production
Java Post Production sure know how to make an impression. The production company has worked along side some of the provinces biggest productions. The crew has worked with CTV, Wolf Cop, and Corner Gas: The Movie - and that's just to name a few. Now, the mind behind Corner Gas has some sparkling words for the company:
"I’ve worked with Java for many years, on various projects, and they are the epitome of the term ‘talented professionals’. An incredibly talented crew with a totally professional attitude and work ethic and a true gift for problem solving, they’re simply the best. We were able to use their aerial film-making skills on Corner Gas: The Movie, and it immediately elevated our on-screen product to heights we never imagined. I know that sounds like I'm working in some aerial puns there, but they were all unintentional. And all very accurate."
Read more about the company here.
Play Creative Media Releases Sask Fashion Week Video
Lights...Camera...Fashion! The crew at Play Creative Media are behind this year's offical campaign video for Saskatchewan Fashion Week. The SMPIA-members released the video earlier this week, starring models from Edge Agency.
Watch the fashion forward video on Play Creative Media's Facebook page here.
"The Lights Of St. Louis" Indie-GoGo Campaign
A Saskatchewan-made film is looking for your support. SMPIA board member, Brian Self, has started a crowd-funding campaign for his film "The Lights Of St. Louis". The film is based around a couple in a struggling relationship, who find they must survive the night on a train as seemingly unexplainable forces are trying to get inside.
Based upon a local Saskatchewan urban legend, this thriller is looking to raise money to cover expenses for such things like location scouting, final research and development.
You can learn more about the project, or donate to the Indiegogo campaign here.
Java Post Production Joins "Doowett"
Animators at Java Post Production have been busy lately. The team have joined with Saskatchewan-made "Doowett". The animated show aims to teach preschool children a love of music, discovery, and cooperation. Origionally created and animated by Regina's Adrian Dean, the second season saw Dean expand to include animators from Java Post Production for several episodes.
"Doowett" can been seen on City TV, and episodes can also be viewed online at the show's website, here.
SMPIA Member Newest Creative Saskatchewan Board Member
Congratulations to SMPIA member Patricia Warsaba for her appointment to Creative Saskatchewan's Board of Directors. A member since 2010, Warsaba a commercial and corporate lawyer at McKercher LLP in Regina. She was selected from a list of nominees provided to the Minister by the organization’s nominations committee, which consists of representatives from the Creative Industry Association, Creative Saskatchewan, and the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
Read more about Warsaba's appointment here.
Java Post Production Announces New Vice President
It took several days to reveal, but Java Post Production has revealed their new Vice President. It was announced that Joan Speirs had taken the position in style, with Java Post Production releasing several teasers revealing small parts of a photo of Speirs at a time.
Congratulations go out to Speirs on her new position. Looking forward to all the great work she will do alongside the team at Java Post Productions.
Watch the entire video announcing Speirs as Vice President here.
"Couch Dreams" Reaches Crowd-Funding Goal
Saskatchewan-made and Produced Couch Dreams has hit their crowd-funded goal for their Indiegogo campaign. The campaign was aimed towards earning money to capture one of the series more difficult scenes to explain to TV execs and, as of Dec. 10, they have accomplished that goal.
The show will follow the character Drake's after the death of his grandmother and he inherits $1 million dollars. The only catch he can't leave his apartment for one year and his childhood friend Jensen whom he hasn't seen in years has to live with him in the apartment.
To learn more about Couch Dreams visit here.
Java Post Production Aerials Featured On Global
Java Post Aerial Photography's team, Jack Tunnicliffe and Trevor Bennett, aerial shots will be featured on a three-part global feature. The series is called Rise Of The Drones and began Novemeber 5. It explores the growing popularity of drones, how they're being used by the military, businesses, photographers and hobbyists.
See a preview of the aerials here.
SMPIA Member Profiled On CTV
Jack Tunnicliffe is more used to being the one behind the scenes. However, recently all eyes were on the owner of Javapost with a recent profile done by CTV Saskatchewan. CTV Regina's Darrell Romuld and Gareth Dillstone followed Tunnicliffe around to get the low-down on the Saskatchewan producer behind Corner Gas: The Movie.
Learn more about the profile, and see it for yourself, here.
Big Muddy To Be Shown At Whistler Film Festival
The Whistler Film Festival has revealed that this year they will be showcasing an impressive 22 Canadian films. Amoung the chosen, Saskatchewan is well represented. Locally made Big Muddy has been selected to be screened at the festival. Big Muddy was made by Saskatchewan production company, Angel Entertainment, and aired earlier this year at TIFF.
Learn more about the festival here.
Season Two Of "Space Stretch" Launches
Locally produced preschool yoga series Space Stretch is proud to announce the release of its second season. To celebrate the kick-off, CitySaskatchewan will be showing all ten new episodes throughout the weekend. Grab the kids, and get ready for a marathon of out-of-this-world yoga with Captain Crash Tanga.
Learn more about where to view season two of Space Stretch here.
SMPIA Member Wins ACTRA Award
Congratulations to Dawn Bird for her recent big win. Bird is one of the winners of ACTRA's Diversity Committee Short Film Competition. The competition's winning projects were judged on the quality of script, feasibility of the project and the strength of the message. The projects will be completed by January 2015, and will be used by ACTRA to spread a message to that “Diversity is our Strength”.
Learn more about Bird's win here.
WolfCop and Big Muddy at Creative Saskatchewan Screening In London
Two decorate Saskatchewan films were shown October 17 in London. Angel Entertainment's Big Muddy and Cinecoup winner Wolfcop were both be showcased at screening put on by Creative Saskatchewan. The showing was part of a trade mission to London, to boost awareness of Saskatchewan internationally, and introduce Saskatchewan Creative Producers to a wider audience.
Learn more about the screening here.
Couch Dreams Makes It To Second Week Of ComedyCoup
Saskatchewan is well represented in the top 110 finalists for CBC's ComedyCoup. Two projects from our province have made the cut to move on to the second week of voting. Amoung those pitches is Couch Dreams - directed and produver by SMPIA member, Shayne Metcalfe.
Couch Dreams follows two former childhood friends who have to live together for a year to inherit a million dollars. It's now in the running to be amoung the top 55 contestants in the country for ComedyCoup, a competition where projects faceoff each week. Votes will eventually determine which project will receive the grand prize of $500,000 in production financing to create a half-hour special for CBC prime time.
To learn more or vote for Couch Dreams click here.
Saskatchewan Filmmaker Receives Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Sarah Abbott, an award-winning independent filmmaker and associate professor of film production at the University of Regina has been selected to receive a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her doctoral studies at Royal Roads University. The Vanier CGS are among the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada, and are awarded to world-class doctoral students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for three years.
Read more here.
WolfCop Claws On To The Small Screen With T.V. Debut
If you've been waiting to see Lou Garou and the gang from the comfort of your own living room, wait no longer. Starting October 10, the beastly law enforcer will be right at home as one of the films shown during Super Channels 12 Nights Of Terror.
To find out when you can catch WolfCop on Super Channel here.
WolfCop Heading South Of The Border For Horror Film Festival
Saskatchewan's CineCoup darlings are heading to a new screening in the States. Earlier this year, it was announced WolfCop was going to premiere south of the border at Bruce Campbell’s Film Festival. Now, the locally filmed production will be showcased during Colorado’s longest running horror FilmFest. Telluride Film Festival. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best horror films from all over the world and attendees from all over the country for an intimate gathering of genre film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.
Learn more about the Festival here.
Saskatchewan Filmpool Launches New Award
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is very proud to announce the launch of the First Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA).
These awards are intended to celebrate Saskatchewan’s best independent, visionary filmmakers, and to showcase to the entire province our own filmmaking talents and unique Saskatchewan culture.
Learn more about the awards here.
Submission Deadline: October 31
Groovy! WolfCop To Premier in the U.S. During Bruce Campbell’s Horror FilmFest
The first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival is running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, IL. The Festival will kick off with the U.S. premier of Lowell’s Dean’s WolfCop.
To learn more about the festival, visit here.
"Big Muddy" Heading To TIFF
Saskatchewan-based feature film, "Big Muddy" will be heading to the bright lights of the Toronto International Film Fest. Producers Bob Crowe and Wally Start live in Saskatoon, and operate the production company Angel Entertainment.
Read more about the filmmakers and "Big Muddy" here.
SMPIA Member Wins Best Documentary at New Jersey Filmfest
Saskatoon-based production company, ISEE Motion picture company, has won big south-of-the-border. Filmmaker Shayne Metcalfe’s documentary Bad Seed: A Tale of Mischief, Magic and Medical Marijuana won Best Documentary at the third annual Art All Night Film Festival in Trenton, New Jersey. The film dives into the world of medical marijuana, and has made its way to Hot Docs in Toronto, and the Banff World Media Festival.
Buena Vista Goes to the Dogs - Village is Chosen as Location for Family Feature Film
November 29, 2012 (Regina, SK) - Trilight Entertainment Inc., is pleased to announce principal photography on Step Dogs, a family-friendly movie being shot primarily on location in the Village of Buena Vista from November 29th to December 21 st.
"Buena Vista is a strong supporter of the arts and we are excited about having a movie shot here," Buena Vista mayor Steve Hasiak says. "As with all film shoots in this province, there will be a positive economic impact on local gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants and it's also an awesome opportunity to showcase our beautiful community on the big screen."
The cast features Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time, Horns), Eliana Jones (Nikita) and Saskatchewan actor Shannon Jardine (Surveillance, Ferocious) in a story about talking dogs versus man in an ultimate slapstick battle of the wits -and all leashes are off!
The film reunites the team behind last year's successful Vampire Dog. Producers are Tim Brown (Joker Films), along with Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher of Regina-based Trilight Entertainment. Director is Geoff Anderson with Mark Dobrescu as director of photography.
"There is a healthy demand around the world for family-friendly movies," says Holly Baird, Trilight Entertainment Inc. co-president and co-founder. "We have already pre-sold step Dogs in numerous territories like France and Russia and last year's Vampire Dog has been distributed or broadcast in more than 80 countries around the world."
The film is one of the last Saskatchewan productions to access the former Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.
"It is unfortunate that this happened," says Putzlocher. "Saskatchewan was an ideal film location where we could have easily produced a couple of these types of films a year to supply some of the current worldwide demand for family fare. We are now opening an Alberta office so we can do these films there."
ABOUT TRILIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Trilight Entertainment Inc. is a partnership between film industry veterans Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher. The Trilight partners are a creative and innovative team of experience and dedicated production professionals committed to producing indigenous Canadian programming and international commercial product. They have produced three feature films in Saskatchewan since forming in 2009.
ABOUT JOKER FILMS
Founded in 2008 by Tim Brown, Joker Films is a fully-integrated film financing, sales and production company based in Vancouver, Be. With nearly two decades experience in distribution, Tim established Joker Films to provide expertise in international sales, packaging and financing third party productions and has grown the company's portfolio to include development and production entities.
Partners In Motion Announces Deal with Warner Home Video
November 6, 2012 - Canadian-based Emmy Award-winning, Partners in Motion andWarner Home Video have recently signed a deal to include the documentary Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option, produced by Partners in Motion, as a special feature on the Blu-ray of Warner Brothers blockbuster movie Argo. The Blu-ray of Argo is set to release in spring of 2013.
Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option commemorates the famous “Canadian Caper” rescue mission, during which militant students in Tehran, Iran, seized the American Embassy. Sixty-six Americans were taken prisoner. Fifty-two were held for 444 days and released. This documentary focuses on six others who looked to the Canadian Embassy for sanctuary and escape. Interviews with survivors, politicians, field agents of the C.I.A. and Embassy staff tell the incredible story of what it took to get the six Americans home to freedom.
The dramatic thriller, Argo, is based on the true events from Escape from Iran, chronicling the life-or-death covert operation. Focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played, Argo dramatizes the unbelievable story of a phony film crew entering Iran to extract six Americans trapped within the country’s borders. This behind the scenes look at the operation based its story on detail and information that was not declassified for many years after the event.
Production of Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option was made possible with the involvement of History Television, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, The Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, and SaskFilm.
Minds Eye Entertainment And Georgeville Television Form Unique Alliance For Major Network Programming
October 9th, 2012 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Award-winning Canadian production company Minds Eye Entertainment has entered an agreement with Georgeville Television (GVTC) that will deliver network television programming for the United States and other jurisdictions around the world.
Minds Eye Entertainment Producer/CEO Kevin Dewalt will produce U.S and International Network Series with Georgeville CEO, and leading independent producer, Marc Rosen on a slate of television series with US Networks that include: C r o s s b o n e s , a period pirate drama, with producers Parkes/MacDonald that will air on NBC in 2013, an as yet untitled pandemic thriller for ABC with Overbrook Entertainment (I AM LEGEND, The Pursuit of Happiness, 7 Pounds) and Studio JMS, the studio of J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Changeling). The companies are also about to announce 2 other series orders – all airing in 2013.
“We continue to strive to make Georgeville a place where talent can bring Big Ideas and accomplish them in innovative new ways. As an independent studio that seeks to maximize the potential of each script produced - and by entering in to strategic relationships with partners around the world - we are empowered to do just that,” said CEO Marc Rosen. “With Minds Eye, we have created an exciting international relationship that will allow us to do some bold things visually and with great scope, and see each series through production and delivery.”
“Minds Eye Entertainment has a long history of producing memorable, commercial and entertaining film and television products around the world,” said CEO Kevin Dewalt. “We will engage our partners and resources for each series and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Georgeville.”
Sierra/Affinity will distribute the first series scheduled to begin filming in March 2013.
For more information click here.
Minds Eye Entertainment To Adapt Mega-Blockbuster Book Series - Avalon: Web Of Magic For Big Screen
September 27, 2012 - Los Angeles,- The award-winning Canadian production company Minds Eye Entertainment has partnered with Red Sky Entertainment and Moving Pictures Media to produce a live-action feature-length film adaptation of fantasy-adventure book series AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC.
AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC is a twelve book young adult fantasy series published by Tor/MacMillan Publishing Group that have sold over 2 million copies to date and was recently adapted for eBooks on multiple eReader platforms by Premier Digital Publishing.
Created by Robert Mandell and written by Rachel Roberts, the book series features four seemingly ordinary teenagers faced with extraordinary events happening in the woods behind their town. Fantastical animals, the last of their kind, have arrived looking for help to save their world from an evil sorceress. The teens must bond with these animals and learn to become protectors of magic.
Combining ecological themes with contemporary teens, the action packed series is a fantasy with universal appeal that transcends cultural barriers and serves as a very real call-to-action for emerging generations; a 21st century twist on coming of age and learning who you really are through the most improbable and amazing route imaginable.
Minds Eye Entertainment plans to produce several feature length films based on the book series.
“Though full of intrigue and sorcery, at its heart AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC is a story of friendship and compassion,” said Minds Eye Entertainment CEO/producer Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd, Lullaby for Pi), “ The movies will be aimed squarely for the teen market but the series will garner fans of all ages if my own reaction to the books is any indication.”
Producer Isabella Battiston, from UK based Moving Pictures Media has joined the production team for the development stage to see through its full potential in making AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC a film with worldwide reach and appeal to audiences across the pond.
Donald Petrie, director of such acclaimed family films as Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men and Richie Rich, will direct in a deal negotiated by Petrie’s agent David Gersh (Gersh LA) and Stephen Saltzman (Loeb and Leob) on behalf of the producing partners.
“Donald Petrie has an amazing ability to connect with his audience,” added Dewalt. “And given his success with previous print adaptations we know AVALON is in very good hands.”
Robert Mandell (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective The Series, Galaxy Rangers, Starla) will write the screenplay.
Development financing partners are Saskfilm, Canadian-based Minds Eye Entertainment and UK-based Moving Pictures Media.
For more information click here.
Angel Entertainment Launches Factual TV Arm
“By diversifying our programming and creating compelling documentary content, we’ll be reaching even broader audiences around the world and engaging in a new sector of the international marketplace,” said Bob Crowe, a producer with the Saskatoon-based indie, in a statement.
To read the full article click here
Archived 2014 Member News
Archived 2013 Member News
Archived 2012 Member News
- Playback Names Producer David Cormican on 2012 '10 to Watch' List
- Seeing in the Dark, shot in Regina in 2009, to play at Toronto Independent Film Festival
- Sarah Abbott 2012 Sask Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award Nominee
- “Ferocious” Premieres at the World Film Festival in Montreal
- “Discovery” to premier at Canadian Student Film Festival, Montreal
- “Going South” and “Twice Taken” Start Production
- Landslide Entertainment Inc. Moves to New Office
- Saskatoon produced series bows online August 1
- Screenwriter Selected to Script Canadian Superhero Flick CAPTAIN CANUCK
- Epic Adventure Series Hits The Airwaves
- Sci-Fi Thriller Stranded Begins Shooting in Saskatchewan Fear is the Infection…
- Twisted Pair Productions Ltd. announces the release of its newest app for iPad tablets
- Citytv Greenlights New Original Saskatchewan Documentary
- Vérité Films moves headquarters to Toronto as Saskatchewan’s Refundable Tax Credit ends
- Partners in Motion might be closing its head office in Regina
- Sask Producers receive funding from Independent Production Fund
- Saskatchewan Animation Studio Remains Committed to Province
- Saskatchewan Production Company film to premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival
- Saskatoon Director/Writer Raising funds to make film with Angel Entertainment
- Saskatchewan Producer chosen to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners
- BLOOD, LIES AND ALIBIS Season 9 broadcast premiere on investigation Discovery (United States)
- Minds Eye Entertainment Sci-FI Thriller Stranded Starring Christian Slater will shoot in Saskatchewan
- Major-General Lewis MacKenzie filming in Regina
- Untitled Resource
- The Tall Man to Make His Presence Known in August
- VJ Carrie Gates remixes rave culture at Sight & Sound Festival
- More Awards for Rusted Pyre!
- Congratulation to Prairie Threat Entertainment on their Leo Award nominations for Dust Up!
- inSAYSHAble and AROUND THE NEXT BEND to screen May 8 in Regina
- Saskatoon's DIG Animation animation studio nominated for business excellence
- Edge of War Examines the Extraordinary Stakes that Surrounded History's Greatest Conflicts
- Nipawin Journal: Jardine excited to be part of Hard Core Logo II
- Seeing In The Dark’ DOP Hubick Wins Best Cinematography At Sunset Film Festival
- Passover Prophet Wraps Principal Photography
- The Other Side receives Production Grant
- Saskatoon Talent Debuts in Web Series at Two Los Angeles Festivals
- Alientrap’s Capsized nominated at the Canadian Video Game Awards
- Wapos Bay Movie Wins International Award
- Saskatchewan projects recieve funding from Telefilm Canada
- Sask Filmpool and William F. Whites: Equipment Deferral Grant
- Image Entertainment Acquires Rights to Minds Eye Entertainment’s The Tall Man Starring Jessica Biel
- AlienTrap Games interview on Game Spot at GDC
- Yorkton This Week: Gunderson ready for web debut
- CSSC short film WILL to premiere at Wide Angle Media Festival in Vancouver
- Minds Eye Entertainment Film "The Tall Man" named as one of Most Anticipated Films of SXSW 2012
- Local webseries Gunderson covered on "Webseries today" blog
- Minds Eye's 13 Eerie Official Trailer
- Seth on Survival and Your Lupine Life Official Selections for Hollyweb 2012
- Shiverware Interactive's Rainboard
- Rusted Pyre to Open Fort Myers
- More Media Coverage for Rufus!
- SKiOS: Saskatchewan iOS Group Starting Up
- SMPIA Member selected for Telefilm's Canadian Video Game Showcase
- Lights, Camera, Dundurn: Vampire film shoots in small town
- Saskatchewan web-based comedy series to premiere April 8th
- Minds Eye Entertainment Film to Premiere at SXSW
- Principal Photography begins on RUFUS
- Pink Magazine Highlights Women in Saskatchewan Film
- Rogers Media to Acquire SCN and Launch Citytv Saskatchewan
- SaskFilm featured in the Location Guide Blog
- New Interactive Tablet Brochures Available from Melcher Media & Design
- Saskatoon's Noodlecake Studios Recognized with Another Honor
- Twisted Pair Productions works on Oscar nominated project
- Angel Entertainment makes deal at Sundance
- MJ Times Herald Article: Echolands to return to Moose Jaw with three short films
- Star Phoenix Article featuring member CollegeMobile: Office Gives A Helping Hand To Startups
- Noodlecake Studios releases Lunar Racer Game
- Zoot Pictures gets 2012 History Makers Award Nomination!
- Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 29 Script Development Projects including Sask project
Archived 2011 Member News
- Untitled Resource
- Virginia Thompson NSI Board of Directors
- Congrats to the Wapos Bay team on winning the Kidscreen award for Best TV Movie!
- FEROCIOUS Wraps Principal Photography in Saskatoon
- National Broadcast Premiere of Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes
- Principal Photography begins on FEROCIOUS
- Another Feature Film Rolling in Saskatchewan
- Congratulations SMPIA Members College Mobile and noodlecake on their Digi Awards Nominations
- Wapos Bay movie to premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
- Production Underway on Zombie Film 13 Eerie
- Producer Shares Best in Canada Short Film Award Distinction Between His Two Films
- Phoenix Group Announces the Acquisition of OH! Media
- Celebrating 65 Years of Film Yorkton Film Festival
- Java Post - New Film Grading Suite Features the Best Video Projector in the Province
- To Make A Farm to premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival
- Yorkton Film Festival launches 65 years at Culture Days
- Ted Hellard of Critical Mass is new Managing Partner at zu
- Union Pictures and Angel Entertainment to Partner
- A Whole New SCN Debuts September 12
- Canadian Wild Food TV series Untamed Gourmet Premieres Nationally on APTN
- Congratulations to Juxtapose Productions on their Hell on Hooves Gemini Win!
- Short Film Grand Slam; Edmonton Festival to Bow Three Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Films, Including World Premiere
- Saskatchewan Web Series Showcasing at Fan Expo Canada
- imagineNATIVE will close out with the World Premiere of Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes
- SCN Receives Seven Gemini Nominations
- Congratulations to our Saskatchewan Gemini Nominated Productions & Industry Members!
- Production underway on feature length family film VAMPIRE DOG
- Hell on Hooves going to the Gemini's 2 years in a row!!
- Fahrenheit Films' Hrynchuk gets 2011 CCMA Video Director of the Year Nomination
- Minds Eye Entertainment to Develop Feature Film Based on Canadian Superhero CAPTAIN CANUCK
- Filming in Saskatchewan picks up
- Golf game success for local development firm
- Saskatoon Team to Pitch Comedy Series at the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference
- Production set to begin on Season 2 of CBC’s spy comedy INSECURITY
- saskhouses.com iPhone app coming soon from Sliced Projects
- Software for hard bodies
- SaskFilm - Regina is Film Friendly!