Hugh Gorman Whittington, 78, a government and freelance filmmaker who retired in 1993 as a civilian director and scriptwriter for the Naval Imaging Command, which handles many audiovisual duties, died March 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Whittington, a Washington resident, worked for the U.S. Information Agency from 1949 to 1962 and was a project supervisor on many contract productions. He wrote scripts for such films as "In Search of Lincoln" and "Winterthur -- Adventure in the Past."

He was a recipient of the USIA Meritorious Service Award.

From 1962 to 1979, he was a freelance motion picture consultant, often on government projects.

He began working for the Navy Department in 1979.

After he retired, many of his oil and acrylic paintings were exhibited at the Foundry Gallery.

Mr. Whittington was born in Philadelphia, where he was a 1946 graduate of what is now Saint Joseph's University. In 1950, he received a master's degree in sociology from Catholic University, where he completed all but his dissertation for a doctorate degree in sociology.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe as a photographic technician.

His memberships included the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association.

He did volunteer work for the Washington Interfaith Network.

His first wife, Virginia Doherty Whittington, whom he married in 1952, died in 1966.

Survivors include his wife, Anne McGinnis Whittington, whom he married in 1970, of Washington; six children from his first marriage, Anne M. Whittington of Alameda, Calif., Christopher Whittington of Silver Spring, Paul E. Whittington of Arlington, Julia M. Whittington of Bethesda and Mary E. Whittington and the Rev. Justin Whittington, a Jesuit priest, both of Washington; three children from his second marriage, John M.N. Whittington, Richard B. Whittington and Andrew D. Whittington, all of Washington; and three granddaughters.