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The youngest of four boys, Richard grew up in Sydney. After leaving school, he spent a few years travelling and working in Europe.
Upon returning to Australia, he trained and spent 5 years working in commercial radio and print as a journalist. The advent of portable digital broadcast technology enabled Richard to apply his audio production and journalistic skills to digital video and establish his own production entity.
From the concept to scripting, shooting, and the finished edit, Richard takes a production from the idea to the delivered product - using the latest in high definition video cameras and editing.
His first gamble was a self-made documentary, TROUBLED, purchased by SBS Television Australia, and broadcast twice.
After the success of TROUBLED, SBS pre-bought Richard’s 2nd documentary, Down Under Paris, which went to air July 2002 and was repeated in February 2003. Richard completed a follow up 6-part “Down Under” series in six other world cities, which was broadcast on SBS in 2005 and repeated in 2007.
In 2006-2007 he produced a 20-part multiplatform series about the Australian Alps region for ABC Radio, Television and Online. To help fund his doco habit, Richard is constantly producing videos for government, industry and other authorities.
In 2008 Richard visited Japan for a holiday. Sure enough a handheld HD camera emerged from his luggage and he filmed “From Tokyo To The Top”, a loose tale about travelling by train from the capital to the top of Hokkaido – in the dead of winter! From Tokyo To The Top has screened on pay network TransTV.
Richard has a variety of projects in production for 2011, including commissioned heritage films, government and other work. And most exciting will be his return to overseas production with a documentary to be filmed in Taiwan in the early months of 2011.
A few random shots:
- Production is underway on a number of short environmental films commissioned by the Australian River Restoration Centre
- Post production is underway on short films that focus on the health of Indigenous Australians, shot around Grafton and Broken Hill
- Postproduction is underway on a project filmed in Taiwan in 2011.
- Canberra Museum & Gallery - Richard is currently working with the museum on a number of historical multimedia projects, one of which uses excerpts of his film, The Stakeout Of Canberra.
- Cotter Dam – Richard is working on the heritage program established by the Bulk Water Alliance for the enlarged Cotter Dam project in Canberra. The Cotter catchment is home to a wealthy of history and environmental change, that predates the building of the first Cotter Dam in 1915. Over the course of the dam work (until 2011), Richard is producing many short films about the construction project, the Cotter area history and the environmental and social changes that will take place with the newly enlarged reservoir. The most recent series of films feature the endangered fish management species program, the Aboriginal and European archaeological salvage work and geotechnical investigation and modeling work.
- Based near Canberra, Richard is working on a variety of projects for government and industry around Australia bodies. Click here for details.
The production process
Richard takes a project through every step of the process:
- Editing and post-production
- From broadcast to web quality
- Output to DVD, and other formats