Broadcast Lab Instructor
Office: AH 105.16
E-mail: [email protected]
Layton Burton has been a Director of Photography for 35 years. Starting in television news in the early eighties, he’s shot everything from breaking news stories to feature films.
As a video news photographer at CKTV in Regina, Layton quickly gained the ability to “think on his feet” and to do without, yet still present pictures and sequences that were both effective and beautiful.
From there Layton went on to work at CBC-TV Regina as a new photographer and soon found a home with Director/Producer Trevor Grant in the Arts and Entertainment unit as a lighting cameraman working on both local and network productions such as Utopia Café and Sesame Street. Those productions, as well as many other local productions, gave Layton the ability to stretch as an artist and at the same time solidify long-term relationships with many of Saskatchewan’s most notable producers and directors. Layton left CBC-TV in the spring of 1992 opening new opportunities as a freelance cinematographer on many new and innovative information series (Discovery Television, Food Network Canada, The Comedy Network, BravoFact etc).
Those opportunities also led Layton into working as a camera operator/Steadicam operator/2nd Unit DoP on many national and international television and feature film productions that grew from the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. Productions like, Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie and feature films Just Friends, Surveillance and Dolan’s Cadillac are just a few of the dozens of films and television credits on Layton’s resume.
Layton’s vast experience being behind the camera as a Director of Photography and camera operator has given him a unique viewpoint for projects big and small. From shooting shorts for 4th year film students at the University of Regina to working as a professional cinematographer on films with Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta and directors Jennifer Lynch (The Walking Dead, Kevin Saves the World) and Roger Kumble (Suits, Famous in Love), Layton has learned to adapt and succeed.
Today, Layton continues to busy himself as a D.O.P. with independent feature films such as Basic Human Needs, Space Milkshake, Archie, Patient 62 and the just released indie feature Talent.
As his wife Sue often notes, if he’s not working behind a camera, he’s reading about working behind a camera. This dedication to his craft has made Layton an ‘in demand’ cinematographer both in his home province of Saskatchewan and beyond.
Layton’s on-set demeanor and practical attitude allow him to always ‘make his days’ and to provide a working atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. On set or off, Layton can be heard saying, “…this is supposed to be fun, let’s make it fun!”