Founder of d1n0, a startup leveraging creativity and innovation. He advises tech startups across the field: from bio-medical engineering to augmented reality applications. Previously, he founded Cloudpic, a tech company focused on digital content creation and multi-channel deliveries. He consulted and served as CEO for studios worldwide for projects and business development, directed studios and startups into new markets like artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented/virtual/mixed reality, real-time production, mobile & game development at studio capacity, quality enhancement, and talent development for mobile, film, and television. He also was the creative producer that launched Oddbods, a daily-animated CG show.
Richard was the co-founder of PDI (PDI/DreamWorks) from 1981 to 2008. He pioneered the studio's proprietary animation system, for which he received his first Academy Technical Achievement Award in 1998 and his second in 2016. As a forerunner in computer animation and visual effects for both animated and live-action films, his credits range from directing commercials to winning an Emmy Award for graphics design. He has 16 live-action film credits as visual effects supervisor. While at DreamWorks Animation, he led efforts to set up production around the globe, most notably in China and India.
His most recent projects included the design and development of an augmented reality application for the Petersen Automotive Museum featuring characters from Pixar's Cars animated franchise. Richard served on the Strategic Advisory Committee for ACM SIGGRAPH, foreign adviser for the Beijing Film Academy's Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment, and adjunct professor for AR/VR at Cogswell College.