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Meet Roy Tighe of Tigheland Productions in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roy Tighe.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I was born and raised in northern Ontario, Canada. Before moving to Los Angeles, I lived in Vancouver, BC. I originally went to Vancouver for film school and ended up dabbling in stand-up comedy and creating a web-series called The Backshop Show, as well as some commercial content for various businesses in Vancouver, such as Coors Light, Shark Energy Drink, etc.

In 2008, I created Tigheland Productions, which is my production company. In 2011, I moved to LA to further my film career. I booked a few commercials and used those skills and on-set knowledge to begin developing commercials of my own for Alcatel, a cell phone brand, in which I have now been creating for 5 years. After moving to LA, I randomly met Bud Smith while I was working at a computer shop. He took me under his wing and became my mentor.

Bud is the Oscar-nominated editor of The Exorcist and Flashdance. Bud taught me many things, and helped me edit my first short film, Where’s Barry? Which went on to win some awards in festivals (and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, & Google Play). Over the past 9 years, I’ve been working on my first feature-length documentary, Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story, which is set for its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival this November.

Has it been a smooth road?
There has been both actually, and I’m grateful for that. It’s all a process for me, and those two factors have been the driving force to my growth. I’ve always been aware of the choice I made choosing this industry and its potential struggles. I say potential because it’s only a struggle if I decide it’s one. That’s been a lesson that I continue to learn. I love what I do and the journey that comes with it. But for sure at times my choices have made me question my sanity (LOL).

Especially when I was working at a computer shop and a mail center earning minimum wage in my 30’s while building my business on the side. I had no idea whether this was going to work out or not and still don’t.

Although I’m grateful for that time and the people who understood what I was building, it’s amazing because if it wasn’t for that time in my life, I wouldn’t have met Bud. It’s taken many years, risks and hard work to build my company into where we are now, and we are in the thick of it, and it’s exciting.

I’ve got an awesome, loyal group of people who work closely with Tigheland Productions, and we’re currently tied to some bigger projects which, I believe, will get Tigheland’s name out there even more. And if not, then on to the next project.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tigheland Productions – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Tigheland Productions is a full scope production company, where we have one simple philosophy: Make it unique, and make it entertaining. From commercials to narrative fiction, we work closely with our clients to create stand-out, original content for all media platforms.

We are mainly known for commercials and documentaries, however, we also have success in comedy videos, web-series, and short films. As I mentioned, I’ve got a great group of talented artists who work closely with Tigheland, who help it thrive. You’ve got me, Roy, director and owner, as well as producer and editor. You’ve got Andy Hemp: motion graphics artist, editor, colorist, and photographer. You’ve got Adam Tyree: editor, writer, director, and producer.

Chelsea Mee: social media, Photoshop guru, writer, graphic designer, producer, and actress. Delmar Washington: producer, director, creator, and writer. I’ve got a great mentee named Nico who is a talented young man with great potential, who shoots, edits and does a lot of our behind the scenes stuff. We also have a couple interns around here that help keep the studio space together.

I am proud of how Tigheland has grown, and all of the people here who continue to work hard to build it up.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
You know, coming from the small town of Fort Frances in Canada, there wasn’t much opportunity for what I’m doing now. What I like about living and running a business in LA, is there are endless opportunities and countless of creative people that live here. LA is still the central hub for the entertainment business, and I like being in the middle of it.

What I like the least would have to be the traffic and lack of parking.

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