Tim Leaton

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Tim Leaton
Tim Leaton Film Your Issue 2006.jpg
Born Edward Timothy Leaton
(1983-12-09) December 9, 1983 (age 30)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Years active 2006–present

Tim Leaton (born December 9, 1983) is a filmmaker, assistant editor, and editor.[1] He won significant critical attention in 2006 when he was awarded the grand prize of the 2006 Film Your Issue competition,[2][3][4] judged by President Barack Obama,[5] George Clooney and the Dalai Lama, among others.[6][7] Leaton presented his winning film Orphans in Africa[8] and gave acceptance speeches, covered by the press, at three awards ceremonies: at the United Nations Headquarters where he was introduced by the President of USA Today,[9] then again in Hollywood where he was introduced by the Mayor of Los Angeles,[10] and finally during Sundance in Park City with Kevin Bacon and Mandy Moore.[11] Leaton also received the 2006 grand prize Walt Disney Pictures paid internship. His mentors included some of the top executives, and he began getting hands-on experience on various Disney films. When a newspaper reporter asked him what his favorite memory was from his grand-prize internship, he replied "Having dinner with Roy Disney on board the Queen Mary."

Tim Leaton and Steven Spielberg at a Motion Picture Editors Guild event - February 5th 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

This internship gave Leaton the connections and experience that would help him land future jobs in Hollywood after he finished college.[12] He returned to Film Your Issue as a member of the jury the following year, and has also judged other student film contests.[13]

In 2007, just three weeks before his college graduation, Tim lived through the Virginia Tech Massacre, the deadliest massacre in the history of the US, while locked in a classroom all day.[14] Soon after, he graduated with the top academic honor of summa cum laude in each of his two separate degrees,[15] and moved to Los Angeles on August 1, 2007.[14][16][17]

From 2007 to 2008 he worked with Ben Stiller at DreamWorks Pictures on the Academy Award-nominated film Tropic Thunder in the editing department, and received a letter of recommendation from Ben Stiller.[14]

In 2009 he moved up to become an Assistant Editor, and has since Assistant Edited over a dozen TV shows for various studios such as Warner Brothers, ABC, and NBC.[18] His recent credits include the theatrical feature Apartment 1303 3D, as well as the #1 show of the summer, America's Got Talent.[19]

Tim has been featured in many media outlets,[20] including the United Nations Chronicle, distributed to leaders around the world in various languages.[21] In 2011, he was pictured in LIFE Magazine.[22]

Tim Leaton, Age 26, October 3rd, 2010, Los Angeles, CA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tamara Gaskin (January 19, 2007). "Going Hollywood". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Student film clinches top prize in film competition". Vtnews.vt.edu. June 22, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leaton Wins 2006 FYI, now works for Ben Stiller, other film companies". Whatsyourissue.tv. March 23, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hokie Filmmaker's Hard Work Pays Off by Tommy Eichmann". Planet Blacksburg. June 29, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alumnus' film career started with competition". CollegiateTimes.com. March 23, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Tech student makes the cut". Roanoke.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "10 Questions With Virginia Tech Student Filmmaker Tim Leaton". CollegiateTimes.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tech filmmaker wins national award". Roanoke.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Student film clinches top prize in film competition | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech". Vtnews.vt.edu. June 22, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Antonio Villaraigosa, Walt Disney – FYI – Film Your Issue Reception – Photo". LIFE. August 2, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Going Hollywood". Roanoke.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "I?m going to Disneyland". CollegiateTimes.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "How Film Your Issue Jumpstarted My Career". Voices.whatsyourissue.tv. March 1, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2758355/bio
  15. ^ "Picasa Web Albums – Tim Leaton – Google Image". Google. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ http://www.uri.clahs.vt.edu/URIreport.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.uaao.clahs.vt.edu/OpportunitiesAndServices/Ambassadors/ambsnewsmay07.pdf
  18. ^ Lindsay Brookbank (March 22, 2010). "Alumnus' film career started with competition". Collegiate Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2758355/
  20. ^ "– The Largest Entertainment Photo & Video Archive". Wireimage.com. August 2, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  21. ^ United Nations Chronicle, UN Chronicle, Department of Public Information, DPI (April 21, 2010). "Chronique Onu | Fyi – Film Your Issue". United Nations. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Antonio Villaraigosa, Walt Disney". Life.com. August 2, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 

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