Richard is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer, with over 26 years’ industry experience. Originally from the UK, he graduated from the University of Bristol with an Honours Degree in Drama, specialising in Film and Television
Richard began his career running scripts at Independent Television News (ITN) in London and spent ten years there on Channel 4 News, becoming a Producer and Foreign News Editor. He travelled widely, producing stories throughout Europe, Russia, the Balkans, Saudi Arabia and Iran. While working on the program he won the RTS Journalism Production Award, for a short film he made with photojournalist David Modell, on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.
As a freelancer he has made numerous documentaries for CNN, RTE and Channel 4, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning Young, Nazi and Proud. He won a BAFTA for this, as well as an Indie Award and was shortlisted for a Grierson and RTS Award. Richard was a producer on the BBC4 revival of the legendary late night Channel 4 discussion show, After Dark, which The Guardian had described as “One of the most inspired and effective uses of airtime yet devised”.
In Australia he worked principally for Andrew Denton’s production company, Zapruder’s other films, but has produced programs for a range of broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Channel Seven, Channel Ten and The Comedy Channel. His credits include Insight, Hungry Beast, Balls of Steel, Randling, Can of Worms, Legally Brown, The Roast and The Full Brazilian.
At LiveLab, Richard oversees all production and serves as Executive Producer on each project. He’s always on the lookout for new opportunities to collaborate and to develop closer industry links. Having worked with many young, emerging professionals, he’s a firm believer that their fresh eyes and ideas are essential to rejuvenate the industry and keep it relevant.
The reason LiveLab exists. Our students gain invaluable opportunities to cut their teeth in industry while you get the chance to work with fast-emerging talent and fresh creative minds.
While they are not fully fledged professionals we see them as being on the first rung of their career ladders. In return we expect reliability, attention to detail and a desire to excel. Recent students we’ve worked with are listed below.
Mary Duong is a Brisbane-based filmmaker specialising in sound, currently enrolled in the Master of Screen Production at Griffith Film School. She graduated from the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production in 2014. Focussed on developing her own creative narrative voice, Mary revels in the ability to evoke emotion and tell stories through audio.
She has worked on a number of successful short films such as Sailboats (Rachel Anderson, 2013), City Crush (Mia Forrest, 2015) and Little Kingdom (Rachel Anderson, 2015). She won the Most Outstanding Sound Recording and Design Award at the Master’s Showcase in 2016 for Little Kingdom.
Recently, Mary has developed a keen interest in web content, creating and writing Two Weeks (Fortnight Films and LiveLab) and sound designing Hitstroke FM (Humdrum Comedy). With Two Weeks, Mary has been able to explore her interest in scriptwriting and develop skills within the production side of filmmaking. She endeavours to tell the stories that she's been waiting to hear, while exploring what the internet has to offer storytellers.
Mary is passionate about fostering a career in sound and film; she looks forward to building upon her knowledge and skill set with each project. Her lifelong dream is to work at Skywalker Sound but until then, she won’t get cocky.
Stephanie has loved film editing from a very young age, even before she knew what it was! As a young child she would watch movies on mute and attempt to match music to what was happening in the scene. Who knew that she would grow up to use these skills in her studies and work!
Throughout her school life, Steph always enjoyed making films for class and for fun. She particularly enjoyed the control and creativity that came with the editing side of filmmaking. Steph would often dig through the family computers for holiday footage to edit, if all her personal footage had been used already. This resulted in some hilarious ‘remixed’ family videos. Her love of film carried on into high school where she relished the drama and film classes. She also participated in Toowoomba’s own Origin8 film festival many times.
Knowing that she wanted to pursue editing, Steph enrolled at Griffith Film School and has put her hand up for every editing role she could get her hands on. Her favourite achievements so far have been the short film ‘Lukewarm’ and the Griffith Film School web series ‘A Hard Pill To Swallow’. For LiveLab she worked on the James C Sourris Collection Interview Series.
Steph spent several years in the UK as a child which meant most of her favourite films and tv shows are British. Her biggest influences are comedy show such as ‘The Office’, ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’, ‘Green Wing’ and ‘Black Books’ - to name a few. She hopes to become a full time editor on TV shows with huge cult followings.
Rhiannon got a taste of the film and media industry while working abroad as a transcription typist and translator for magazines including German Vogue. After returning to Australia, she commenced studies at Griffith Film School, which saw her take on many projects as producer and assistant director, allowing her to really explore her passion for filmmaking.
Over the course of her time in the industry, she has successfully produced many corporate productions alongside entities such as LiveLab, music videos for local artists and short films including A New You (2013), which saw international success, screening at over 12 film festivals worldwide including Flickerfest, Palm Springs International Short Fest, IFFCA, and Cannes Short Film Corner. Rhiannon currently divides her time between working at the long-established and well-respected post-production facility, The Post Lounge, as well as collaborating with various talented individuals within the Brisbane film industry as a freelance producer. She believes the key to effective producing is finding the happy medium between a creative and business mindset and it is this balance that she strives to bring to her latest project, the web series Two Weeks.
After graduating from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Ynte chose to attend Griffith Film School to further develop his skills as a filmmaker. It was there that he found his niche as a producer, and since 2014 has continued to develop his skills by producing nearly every project he has been involved in at film school.
In 2015 Ynte produced a short award-winning documentary about the importance of family, Kindred. In December of that year he went on exchange to the United Kingdom where he worked with students at Falmouth University to produce a short musical film A Sharp Glance.
2016 saw Ynte produce his graduate film, Scan Lines, while also producing a series of dramatic shorts under LiveLab for the Griffith BA Musical Theatre program. Currently, Ynte works part time at TheStoryBoxes in Newstead while completing his third year studies and hopes to develop his skills as a creative producer further after he graduates.
With a strong passion for storytelling, Reilly’s interest in directing and editing piqued while studying filmmaking at high school. Fascinated by the possibilities and emotional power of the medium, his next step was Griffith Film School, where he is set to graduate in 2016.
Working in both directing and editing, Reilly’s specialties inform one another. Involving himself with every stage of the creative process, he has a keen eye for structure and detail, and is dedicated to delivering a slick finished product. Outside of university, Reilly has had experience in corporate video with clients such as the University of Queensland, as well as local music videos and feature films. His work on documentary short Kindred has won awards for editing, and black comedy Lukewarm, which he wrote and directed is set to enter the festival circuit this year.
Taylor has been interested in filmmaking since the age of 16, when she started taking classes in high school. 2016 sees her undertaking her final year of study at Griffith Film School. Her passion is for cinematography, as well as working in lighting department and writing from time to time.
In 2015, Taylor made a documentary about her family which won her an award for best writing within the university. In the same year, she started her own production company along with a few fellow students and started to branch out into small-time corporate work. An area of interest that she maintains is short-form documentary, which carries into her work for local businesses. Taylor hopes to continue in 2016 as a cinematographer for as many projects as possible.
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Liam's passion for filmmaking and storytelling goes back to when he first discovered the behind-the-scenes extras on Wallace & Gromit, which he constantly re-watched for years. To date his efforts have branched from short films into documentaries, music videos and creative corporate content. Liam has also assisted Hobart-based commercial studio, Hype TV. He hopes to move into a future where he can help create stories that slowly usher in a more diverse environment in the local industry, both on camera and behind.
In 2015, Liam co-edited, recorded and designed sound for the 30 minute hip hop documentary Straight Outta Logan for LiveLab in conjunction with BEMAC.
In 2016, Liam edited his first music video for newcomer Brisbane band SERA and worked for LiveLab again on the Fruit Ninja Nation videos, editing a short doco about the upcoming animated series as well as directing and writing a cute short film called Ninja Gal, which has slowly gained attention on the Fruit Ninja YouTube Channel. For the graduate slate, Liam's primary focus is editing and animating the intimate documentary Wolfe, which aims to present a very personal and honest insight into mental health.