For booking in the Midwest, contact - Filmworkers Club - | Derek De Board
Craig Leffel has been a Senior Colorist based in Chicago
for over 20 years.
Starting as a dailies colorist for companies like Backyard Productions, GKO, Komnenich and Fox, Leffel cut his teeth working on national broadcast commercials, award winning documentaries, features, short films and local tv shooting in Chicago.
While building a name as a colorist and working for places like Skyview and Editel, Leffel was fortunate enough to work on many national and global brands with advertising agencies in and around the Chicagoland area. Early on, he also dedicated quite a bit of his time to local documentary efforts, because in those times, if colorists didn’t support indie films, those films had a very hard time getting video masters made and eventually released. Leffel worked closely at the time with Chicago partners like Kartemquin Films color correcting films like “Hoop Dreams”, “Stevie” and others - as well as many, many independent filmmakers, Dp's and editors involved in creating non-mainstream film, video, and multi-media projects..
In 1996, Leffel joined Optimus as the Senior Colorist for the shop, and quickly went on to become a partner. Over the course of his time at Optimus, he continued to work on bigger and bigger brands showing on bigger stages like the Super Bowl, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammy's, NCAA playoffs, NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL playoff series and high visibility national and global spots shown on those kinds of platforms.
Nintendo, Kellogg’s, Anheuser Busch, Gatorade, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Mcdonald’s, Wrigley’s, KFC, UPS, Unilever, State Farm Insurance, American Family Insurance, Dell, Microsoft, Coors, Kraft, Mondelez, RJ Reynolds, Samsung, Comcast, ATT, Qwest, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers, and many many more subsidiary brands.
Since parting ways with Optimus in September '14, Leffel has continued to color correct, while maintaining his role as Executive Producer for Big Spoon Industries. It is with pride and pleasure to be able to continue to offer color correction services under the Big Spoon Industries brand.