A new addition to the Richards family

Since I started this website 11 years ago I have never posted anything personal about myself or my family. But now seems like an appropriate time.

On August 8, my wife Teresa and I welcomed out daughter Eliza Anne Richards into our family.

She enjoys a cold bottle and long walks on the beach. She hasn’t decided yet if she likes baths or not. She likes reading and thinks it is a tremendous joke if I pretend to fall asleep. Since her birth I have twice farted and been able to shift the blame to her without suspicion; very useful.

As you may guess, having a newborn has kept us quite busy. I haven’t have time to post any new films in the last couple months, but now that life is starting to reach a new equilibrium and things have calmed down a little, I should have more time for personal projects.

Stay tuned because I have some very exciting new cinematography to post soon! Thanks for visiting!

I made my own dinosaur film. Take that Jurassic World!

I don’t get a chance to make a lot of films, but this is one I’d wanted to make for a while.
I’d love to make it into a whole series of shorts. We’ll see what happens.

Pudovkin’s 5 Editing Techniques

20% Of the Way to the Fundraising Goal!!!!

I’m 20% of the way to my goal! A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far and another huge thanks to all of you who have sent encouraging messages and kind words. It is all very much appreciated.
Please help spread the word about this site. If you know an artist, a cinematographer, director etc. that would find a site like this useful please pass the link along to them. That’s one of the best things you can do to help keep this site on it’s feet.


Jamie Benning’s “Filmumentaries”

I don’t post a lot of links to other people’s content but I may start doing it more if I find some amazing sites or resources that I don’t believe are widely known.

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A Message To All My Visitors

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Let There Be light! – A new instructional video from Mark Vargo

“American Cinematographer” nominates the top 50 best shot films of the last decade


Amélie was awarded the #1 spot as the best cinematography of the past decade. I know aesthetics is very much a matter of personal taste, but I couldn’t agree more. For my money Amélie is the most beautifuly shot film I’ve seen to date. Here’s the complete list. I’ve linked the films I have covered in past blog posts. All the older films that only have SD shots I will be replacing at some point with HD shots. Enjoy!

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Thoughts on 3D

Thoughts on 3D

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An Interview with Mark Vargo, ASC

I recently had the very exciting opportunity to speak with Mark Vargo, ASC. Mark has worked on some of the most iconic films in the history of cinema like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghostbusters (for which he was nominated for an Academy award in 1985). He graciously shared his thoughts on film vs. digital, his experience shooting “The Way Back” and where technology might be headed in the not-to-distant future. Special thanks to Mark for taking the time to chat with me. Here’s what he had to say.

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