Hello! I'm Leigh. I'm a freelance editor, animator, and filmmaker based in Chicago. I started my career working in book publishing in New York City. First at HarperCollins Publishers, then at Penguin Random House. I followed my love of storytelling to Seattle in 2014 to begin the Communication Leadership (CommLead) Graduate Program at the University of Washington. There I produced short documentaries and audio stories about things like the longest-running dance music station in the world run by high school students, a sea captain, an eight-time Jeopardy! champion that used his winnings to open a book store five miles from Amazon's corporate headquarters, and the slow demise of a Missouri town.
I was also the editor on In the Council of Women, a documentary from filmmaker Patricia Boiko about the women of the Pankisi Valley, a Muslim region in Georgia near the Chechen border. In 2016 my short doc Superfan, about a die-hard Seattle SuperSonics fan, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened on Alaska Airlines flights.
Since then I have worked as an editor and animator on videos for companies such as Allstate, Sears, PMI, Regions, Wells Fargo, and Truist Financial. I love using these skills to help shape the story. In my free time I enjoy using animation as a tool to create audio-driven short docs—I'm currently working on one in which I dissect my mom's middle school diaries. When I'm not at my desk I spend a lot of time walking around my neighborhood, listening to podcasts, and pestering my grey cat, Huey.
I am available for new projects! Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.