Richard Taylor: Film Department’s Capstone August 9th Class Guest

August 20, 2012

From Dale Angell, FT Film faculty

Richard Taylor was a guest of the Film departments capstone class on Aug 9.

Richard Taylor holds an extensive background in live action direction, production design, graphic design, special effects, and computer generated images for theatrical films, television commercials and computer games. Richard holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah.

Richard began making short films in 1965 and in 1967 co-created Rainbow Jam, a multi-media light show and graphics company. Rainbow Jam toured with The Grateful Dead and regularly preformed concerts with bands such as Santana, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Crosby Stills and Nash. In 1973 Richard joined Robert Abel and Associates, the pioneer TV commercial graphics/special effects studio, where he created many award winning spots, receiving four Clio awards for his work on the 7UP Bubbles, 7UP Uncola and Levi’s Trademark commercials. As a part of his work at the Abel Studio Richard worked for Paramount Pictures on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where he supervised the storyboarding of the film and designed and supervised the building of the miniatures including The Enterprise.

In 1980 he 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. After 2 decades more of work on films and television, and winning 8 more CLIOs, Best Director at the International Monitor Awards, two Hugos and two Mobius Awards, Richard began working in the gaming industry.

In 2003 Richard became the Cinematic Director at Electronic Arts Los Angeles where he directed the cinematic sequences for Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath., Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. Presently Richard is the Co-Creative Director at yU+Co Inc. and is the Director of XLNT FX inc. his own design and production company.