RICHARD W. TAYLOR II DGA, VES
Richard has an extensive background in live action direction, animation direction, production design, special effects, and computer generated images for theatrical films, television commercials, computer games, special venues and new media.
In 1971 Richard received The Cole Porter Fellowship to USC to earn his Masters Degree in Photography and Printmaking.
In 1973 Richard joined Robert Abel and Associates, the pioneer TV commercial graphics/special effects studio, where he served six years as art director/director. While at Abel’s, Richard created many award winning spots, receiving four Clio awards for his work on the 7UP Bubbles, 7UP, Uncola and Levi’s Trademark commercials. He directed promotional films and network graphics for ABC, CBS, and NBC and designed theatrical logos for CBS and Columbia Pictures. Richard worked for Paramount Pictures on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He supervised the storyboarding of the FX sequences and designed and supervised the building of the miniatures including the redesign of The Enterprise.
In 1980 Richard became the Creative Director at Information International Inc. one of the first companies to create computer-generated images for film and television. While at III Richard designed and directed the special effects for Looker, a Michael Crichton feature and became the co-effects director of the innovative special effects and computer-generated images for Walt Disney’s Tron, the film that introduced the world to computer simulation.
From 1985 to the present Richard has directed commercials and has won many Clios, Hugo’s and Mobius Awards. He directed campaigns for 7UP, Duracell, Reebok, Intel, Budweiser and Disney.
In 2003 Richard became the Cinematic Director at Electronic Arts Los Angeles He directed the cinematic sequences for Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II. He then directed the live action / cg cinematic sequences for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Kane’s Wrath, Red Alert 3 and Red Alert 3 Uprising.
Richard has been a member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America) for thirty years and is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Visual Effects Society.
In 2014 the Visual Effects Society presented Richard with the 10th Honorary Fellow Award.
Richard is the Creative Director of XLNT FX, his own company. Recent work includes Shrek 4, Turner Classic Movies, Showtime, Marvel, Disney and Ubisoft Games.
Presently, Richard is directing and designing media for a new entertainment format. 3Space Spherical Stereo Theater.