Maine Film Association Supporting Business Member Leighton Images, based out of Durham, has been telling their clients' stories for over 30 years, and producing a wide range of award-winning documentaries, new media applications, commercials, syndicated programming, and interactive and corporate videos. We recently caught up with Leighton Images' jack-of -all-trades Geoffrey Leighton to learn more about his business.
MFA: Tell us a bit about Leighton Images and the work you do.
Geoffrey: Leighton Images is a production company offering services ranging from scriptwriting and videography to animation and post-production. Leighton Images specializes in documentary-style production, creating programming for such organizations as L.L.Bean, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Bates College, Central Maine Medical Center, Department of Corrections, Harcourt Brace Publishing, Hilton Hotels, and ABC Sports. Of special interest is the work we do in designing large-scale high school and college interactive curriculum. We have worked for the National Science Foundation, EdAdvance, Apple Computers, and The George Lucas Educational Foundation.
MFA: Leighton Images has been going strong for 30+ years. What initially got you into this business, and what has kept you going over the years?
Geoffrey: I initially became interested being a filmmaker when, as a community college student, I was introduced to one of the early Portapaks – one of the first portable cameras for the masses. I went to Syracuse University to study film and then moved west to work in San Francisco and LA. I owned a production company in LA, Rock Solid Productions, that had a studio, multiple offline edit bays and the first Betacam component on-line bay.
What keeps it interesting is the necessity to constantly re-invent yourself. I have gone from working in Los Angeles with different videographers, on-line post-production, and animation facilities to learning all of the equipment and software to be self-contained in Maine. I have had to learn web design, graphic arts, color grading, and much much more. Film production has been a constantly changing field with something different and exciting each day.
MFA: Why is it important to Leighton Images to support the MFA and its work?
Geoffrey: MFA is providing a professional level of workshops for filmmakers in Maine that is not only creating a knowledgeable and experienced workforce but it is also pushing all of us to reexamine our skills and techniques so we can all become better at what we do. In addition, the MFA provides a place for professionals to network, connect and find out what other filmmakers are doing in Maine.
MFA: What are some of your favorite pieces of work that Leighton Images has created?
Geoffrey: We won the Ad Club’s Broderson Gold Award for a series of fun commercials for Maine Roller Derby. We produced an hour-long documentary looking at gun control, There Ought to Be a Law, which won the activist award at the Maine International Film Festival.
MFA: What else do you want MFA Members and our broader audiences to learn about Leighton Images?
Geoffrey: At this stage in the life of Leighton Images we are able to focus on projects that have less to do with making money and more to do with making the world a better place. We hope to continue to create compelling programming for worthy causes for many years to come.