Heliotrope Studios Ltd.

44 Oak Street   Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 USA  
Telephone:  (617)964-8181   Fax:  (617)964-8030


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Credits on IMDB

Wikipedia entry

"Louisa May Alcott" preview clips and features

Preview clip of "At Home in Utopia"

Behind the scene shooting "Streamliners"

Behind the scenes shooting "Secrets of a Master Builder"

Filming "The Navigators"

Behind the scenes on "Murder at Harvard"

"Murder at Harvard" production stills

"The Powder and the Glory" production stills

New York Times listing and reviews


Boyd Estus is a motion picture Director of Photography and Producer/Director whose credits include the Academy Award winning The Flight of the Gossamer Condor and the Academy Award nominee Eight Minutes to Midnight as well as many Emmy winning television productions.  He is noted for his elegant work in 35mm, Super-16mm and 16mm film, and in high definition, standard, and digital video.  He has shot and/or directed a wide range of material from feature films to cinema verité documentaries on locations around the world.


Mr. Estus has made films for many of the celebrated television series on PBS (e.g., NOVA, Frontline, The American Experience, American Masters, Eyes on the Prize), the BBC and other overseas broadcasters, commercial television networks (e.g., the long-running Unsolved Mysteries, Spenser For Hire), the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, leading corporations and independent film producers. 


His recent projects include Louisa May Alcott:  The Woman Behind Little Women; Woody Guthrie:  I Ain’t Got No Home (American Masters);  Living in Utopia;  Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (NOVA);  Murder at Harvard;  The Powder and the Glory (Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden);  Annie Oakley, and Houdini (American Experience).  Currently in production are Mr. Emerson’s Revolution, Becoming Helen Keller, and Turmoil and Triumph:  The Life of George Shultz.


Mr. Estus has extensive experience in the production of films dealing with history, music and science and in making these subjects understandable and vivid to a wide audience.  He is an innovator in the development of  “docu-drama” technique for compelling storytelling.


Feature credits include Good Will Hunting, Foreign Affairs, Kurt Vonnegut’s Between Time and Timbuktu, Dawn of Our Nation and the Klezmer music feature A Jumpin’ Night in the Garden of Eden.  Corporate clients include Merrill Lynch, American Express, Polaroid Corporation, and the Harvard Business School, as well as major pharmaceutical and computer companies and advertising agencies.


In addition to the Academy Awards, Mr. Estus has received numerous awards including the CINE Golden Eagle (Louisa May Alcott, Where the Galaxies Are, Arthur Fiedler--Just Call Me Maestro, Flight of the Gossamer Condor), Melbourne International Film Festival Kino Award (So Many Galaxies...So Little Time), the Peabody Award (NOVA, Tender Places), the Cindy, Emmy, Telly, Hugo, and many others.  His work has been screened at international film festivals.


Mr. Estus is President and cofounder of Heliotrope Studios Ltd. in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, providing production and post-production services and facilities.  He was a founding member of the film unit at WGBH-TV in Boston.






American Experience (PBS)

Murder at Harvard

Annie Oakley


Secrets of a Master Builder (James Eads)


Ulysses S. Grant

Public Enemy #1:  Dillinger

Alone on the Ice (Admiral Byrd)


Golden Gate Bridge


Frontline (PBS)


Apocalypse (BBC co-production)

The O.J. Verdict

Harvest of Fear (NOVA co-prod.)

From Jesus to Christ (BBC co-prod.)


Organ Farm

Commanding Heights (BBC co-prod.)



Absolute Zero

Typhoid Mary:  The Most Dangerous Woman in      America

Pharaoh's Obelisk (Secrets of Lost Empires)

Search for a Safe Cigarette

Survivor MD (sub-series)

China Bridge (Secrets of Lost Empires)

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius

Cut to the Heart

Kidnapped by UFO’s?

Medieval Siege (Secrets of Lost Empires)

Roman Bath (Secrets of Lost Empires)

So You Want to be a Doctor?

Animal Hospital


Benjamin Franklin (PBS)

The Real Louisa May Alcott (PBS)

Woody Guthrie:  I Ain’t Got No Home (PBS)

Antiques Roadshow FYI (PBS)

At Home in Utopia (PBS)

The Powder and the Glory (PBS)

Some Kinda Funny “Porto Rican”?

The New Medicine (PBS)

NOW (PBS Public Affairs)

Earthbound (PBS)

Wired Science (PBS)


BBC, Channel 4 (UK), et al

History of Soul Music


Together On Broadway

     (Kiri Te Kanawa & Andre Previn)


The Big Fight

Heaven & Earth (James Taylor)

Me and Uncle Sam

Three Tales (Steve Reich)

The British Empire (American Revolution)

DNA (NOVA co-prod.)

Angry America (A&E co-prod.)


History Channel + Discovery Channel +  HBO

The Conquerors: General  William Howe

Forensics of the Bible

Hitler’s Last Book

Prophets of Science Fiction

Shay’s Rebellion

Breaking Vegas


George Washington & The Generals

TR – An American Lion

Unsolved History:  Forensic Presidents, Salem    ….Witch Trials, Aztec, Pearl Harbor

History’s Mysteries:  The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden

The American Presidency

Brilliant Minds

Amazing Medical

Stealth and Beyond

Boomer Nation

Hope Diamond

Miracle Hunters

The Real JAG’s

Reel Sex

Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, CBS, Lifetime)