About Richard Taylor
Richard Winn Taylor II holds an extensive background in live action direction, production design, special effects, and computer generated images for theatrical films, television commercials and computer games.
Richard began his career as an artist and 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 at The Family Dog, The Fillmore, The Winterland and other concert venues with bands such as Santana, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Crosby Stills and Nash.
Richard received The Cole Porter Fellowship to USC where he earned his Masters Degree in Photography and Printmaking and later 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 numerous promotional films and network graphics for ABC, CBS, and NBC and designed new theatrical logos for CBS and Columbia Pictures. 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.
Aside from directing commercials and game cinematic sequences, Richard creates original art that has been featured in several tabletop books on computer art. His work is represented by Phillips Gallery and is in numerous private and public collections.
In 2002 Richard began working in the gaming industry. Initially he began as Cinematic Director for Indie Studios, a division of Microsoft Gaming Studios. While there he designed and directed the in game cinematic sequences and the marketing trailers for Top Spin and Links 2004.
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. His latest work on Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 was released in November 08 and Command & Conquer, Red Alert 3: Uprising was released in March 09.
Richard has been a member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America) for 35 years. He has been the Vice-Chair of the VES Board of Directors. In 2008 Richard received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University San Francisco.
Presently Richard is the Creative Director of his company XLNT FX Inc. He is also the founder of a new venture Imerce LLCspecializing in LED 3D theatrical scale virtual reality formats and media.
In 2014 Richard was honored by the VES in becoming a VES FELLOW.