Mr. Daniel Leonard
Professor, Associate Dean, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
- University of New Haven, Bachelor of Arts
Florida State University, Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television
- Like many a young man who dreams of becoming a rock star, Dan Leonard found film a good outlet for his creative energies in tandem with his love of all things technical. A music and sound engineering student at the University of New Haven, the never-sit-still Leonard took every sound-related course and then started in on film courses when he encountered the teacher who would change his life. When that teacher moved on to Florida State, Leonard followed, first as a student and then as faculty supervisor of the post-production facility. Along the way, he worked on both student and feature films, moving up through the ranks from gaffer, boom operator, and transportation captain to first assistant director.
Although young in years, Leonard is rich in experience, having worked on some 13 features, including the black comedy Rose's, which won a rave review in Variety. Most recently, he's been editing special feature material for DVDs produced by Lion's Gate/Artisan Entertainment. "I love the sense of community on film sets," says Leonard, "there's nothing better than having a whole bunch of creative people come together for a creative purpose." Not a bad way to live. It might even beat rock stardom.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film Western, Cannes Film Market,Cannes, FRANCE screened by Foreign Distributor Multivisionnaire
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western screened in competition Stony Brook International Film Festival New York, USA
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western, screened and won Audience Choice Award Sacramento Film & Music Festival, Sacramento CA
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western, screened and won Best Western Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Washington, USA
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western, screened and won Special Jury Award and Best Actress for Gwendoline Yeo at Houston international Worldfest, Houston Texas
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western, screened and won Outstanding Dramatic Feature at the Sacramento International Film Fest, Sacramento CA
Heathens and Thieves, Feature Film, Western, screened and won Audience Favorite Award Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles Ca.
Edited 8 additional 30 minute shows of "Health Matters with Dr Larry Santora", This won a 2011 Communicator Award and a a Bronze Award for outstanding achievement from the 31st Annual Telly Awards. Also edited the 10 minute submission for these juried competitions.