THE TEAM SEASON 2
Laura Pratt was born on May 10th, 1956 to Reverand Donald Pratt who received the Order of Manitoba for Culture and Governance and her mother Beatrice Pratt nee (Chaske). She grew up in Wipazoka Wakpa (Sioux Valley) Manitoba, where she had a happy childhood steeped in her Dakota culture and language. At the age of two years old she survived double pneumonia, doctored by a traditional medicine man from South Dakota who then bestowed her Spirit name- Pretty Laughing Woman / Iha Waste Win. Laura Pratt is a traditional Dakota First Nation’s woman. The second last child born of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy) who was taught the seven sacred laws of the Dakota people, attending numerous Sun Dance ceremonies for spiritual guidance in North / South Dakota and Manitoba and Saskatchewan. For the last 40 + years she dedicated her language skills to teaching anyone who has been interested in learning the Dakota language and culture. Laura Pratt has overseen the translations and voice over versions of Wild Archaeology series for both Seasons now and we are very honoured to have had her services for the web and tv. Pidamaya ye
MIKELLE VIREY is an actor and director with an Honours degree in Theatre and Classics from the University of Toronto. He spent several years acting in plays, films and commercials before deciding he wanted to play a larger role in the stories he was helping to tell. After graduating Sheridan College’s Advanced Television and Film Program, Mikelle went on to direct several award-winning series including Kid’s Town, 2nd Generation, and the comedy pilot Coming Distractions,awarded best Comedy/Dramedy Short and best Ensemble Cast at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition to these achievements as well as his contributions as co-director on APTN’s Wild Archaeology, Mikelle has a number of projects in development, and he is currently focused on directing his own original screenplay.
Digital Media Producer
Spencer holds a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies and two post-graduate diplomas in Directing and Editing in Advanced Television and Film and Computer Animation Digital Visual Effects. His expertise includes directing, editing, VFX artistry, cinematography, digital content production and motion capture. Spencer is also the Virtual Production Lead at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Center where he provides leadership and expertise in applied research and technical research for the film, television and gaming industries, and is focused on the application of VR technologies.
With over 15 years’ experience in post production, Mike Patterson is a Canadian editor who has worked on a number of series across a variety of genres. Mike began his career in advertising before making the switch to documentary and non-fiction television, where he is able to play a larger role shaping narrative and bringing stories to life. Passionate about storytelling, Mike is drawn to working with remarkable people to tell insightful stories with creativity, suspense, and stunning visual style.