INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT on Kevin Tighe
Updated: Mar 16, 2022
Written by Hannah Reese
Kevin Tighe is the founder and co-owner of Spotlight Cinema Supply. He is definitely the driving force of the family business as he has the most on-set experience. As his wife, I fully understand the amount of work he puts into production--and as an actress, I can attest that his work pays off on set. His sets are calm, friendly, and organized to the T--which allows room for creative adjustments on the day. I always have the best experience on his sets, even when he was working with the adventurous and creatively wild Tony Kaye.
Kevin didn't mention it, but I happen to know that he's been inside Mel Gibson's house and got to hold the sword from "Braveheart", which I think is really neat. He's worked with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, professional athletes like Matt Stafford, Peyton Manning, Kevin Durant, Shaq, Shaun White, and Cheyenne Woods, the Budweiser Clydesdales, famous musicians like Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, and many more. He's had the opportunity to work on anything from major motion pictures with massive budgets to working on tiny, "no-budget" projects that were shot in our bathroom, living room, kitchen, etc. He truly seems to enjoy the process of making a vision become a reality, and he is very good at it.
It's always mind boggling to wrap your head around all the moving parts, talent, crew, props, meals, parking, payments, permits, etc on set...like, who organizes all of these complicated moving parts to filmmaking with such foresight and precision? Production does. When production doesn't have their act together the (unhappy) crew is usually a reflection of that-- no one can find what they're looking for, everything is everywhere, things are late, talent is late, food is cold, props are missing...you get the point. When you have a great experience on a set be sure to thank production for a job well done! (But don't bother them, they're busy! Ha, ha.)
I came up with ten questions to ask local Tulsa filmmakers, talent, and crew members in order to get to know our film community better. If you would like to be featured on our social media, website, and newsletter as the next "Industry Spotlight", please email email@example.com
1. Are you from Oklahoma? If yes, where? If no, when did you move to Oklahoma?
No, I am originally from New York and moved to Los Angeles in 2005. I made the move to Tulsa in late 2020 and haven’t looked back!
2. What’s your favorite movie?
Definitely a difficult question to ask but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a big comic book movie fan so anything by Marvel or DC is probably at the top of my list.
3. How long have you been in the “film industry” and what is your title on set?
I have been in the film industry since 2002. I’ve had many titles over the years but “Producer” is where I have settled and feel my skillset is best used.
4. Where have you learned your skills?
LA School of Hard Knocks… Started as a PA on commercials and worked on as many sets performing as many positions as I could… Assistant Director, Prop Master, Grip, Electrician, Camera Assistant (I used to be able to load film into a mag!), Location Manager, and the list goes on. I attribute my abilities as a producer to my knowledge of each department.
5. What is your favorite on-set memory?
Driving a Chevy Pickup truck at night around downtown LA with Shia LaBeouf and Tony Kay in the flatbed filming.
6. What sets have you worked on? (Especially Oklahoma projects)
“The Revenant” Fox
“Bad Times at the El Royale” Fox
“Reservation Dogs” (OK) FX / Disney
“The Inhabitant” (OK) Independent
“Possessions” (OK) Red Clay Studios
Commercials for Nike, Cox Communications, Ralph Lauren, McDonalds, BMW, Hasbro, Wheaties, T-Mobile, Amazon, Bank of America, BASF, Budweiser, Sony Vaio, Google, and many more.
7. Do you dream of taking on other roles in film? i.e., an actor dreams of directing, a PA aspires to be producer, etc.
My goal is to work with good people on fun projects. My exact title or role is secondary to having a good experience and feeling like I am a part of a good team.
8. What do you think Oklahoma film needs to continue to be successful?
I think the infrastructure needs to continue to expand and grow. More sound stages, equipment, and skilled labor is what’s needed to support the increasing amount and quality of projects coming into the state.
9. What’s your favorite restaurant in Tulsa?
PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse – Try the Wagyu!
10. What’s your favorite show?
Big fan of “Mr. Robot”. Well thought out and perfectly executed show from beginning to end.