By 1812Blockhouse

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development recently marked an important addition to Mansfield’s creative industry with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Leapyear Studios. Situated in the Braintree building at 201 E. Fifth St., Suite 320, the studio is poised to become a hub for filmmakers and visual artists.

Co-owners Jennifer Enskat and Andy Gardner were thrilled to unveil not just their state-of-the-art studio but also their new film school aimed at nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.

The Dynamic Duo Behind the Lens

In 2011, Enskat and Gardner joined forces to create Leapyear Studios. With a rich background in various aspects of film production, the duo has been involved in a plethora of projects, ranging from documentaries and short films to visual effects and commercials. According to their website, the studio has remained a two-person operation, hiring additional crew as needed for each project. Their latest venture, a film school, aims to teach everything from the basics of film-craft to specialized crew positions and equipment handling.

A Client List as Diverse as Their Portfolio

Leapyear Studios takes pride in its diverse clientele, which includes corporate entities, indie directors, non-profits, and local healthcare providers. Their projects have varied from short videos and commercials to documentaries that required international travel for filming. This diversity in projects has not only kept them on their toes but has also given them the opportunity to work with a wide range of people and companies, both locally and internationally.

From Ohio to the World

While many of their shoots have been conducted close to their Ohio-based studio, Leapyear’s work has also taken them to locations such as New York City, Illinois, Iowa, Jamaica, and Malawi. Their ability to adapt and work in different settings speaks volumes about their commitment to their craft and their clients.

Film School: The Next Chapter

The launch of their film school is a significant addition to Leapyear Studios’ offerings. Jennifer and Andy are eager to share their craft with aspiring filmmakers, providing a comprehensive curriculum that covers everything from the basics to the intricacies of film production. This educational venture is not just an expansion of their business but also a contribution to the growing creative community in Mansfield and beyond.

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