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Richard Matthews III

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2011 ROSCAR Judges – Wild Talk Africa, 24 Sept 2013 [cached]
Richard Matthews
Richard is an internationally recognised wildlife filmmaker with over thirty years of experience in production, camerawork and directing. Born in South Africa Richard has degrees in Life Sciences and in Film, Photography and Television. He joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1979 working on Wild Track, Animal Magic, Wildlife On One, The Natural World and Attenborough's Emmy award winning series "The Living Planet". After turning freelance Richard filmed in the Serengeti with Alan Root for Survival Anglia.
During this time Richard designed and developed the car balcony door bracket now widely used in African wildlife filming. Richard's UK independent production company, Zebra Film Productions, pioneered the theme of dangerous and deadly creatures in "Nightmares of Nature". In 2004 Richard moved to Cape Town and his company, Wild Images, now specializes in aerial photography. He has developed a number of gyro-stabilised aerial camera systems for use on light aircraft and helicopters.
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Richard Matthews
Richard Matthews - Copyright: Richard Matthews / Survival Anglia
Richard Matthews - Copyright: Richard Matthews / Survival Anglia
Richard Matthews has twenty years experience in natural history film production.He joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1979 as a researcher and worked on a variety of series including Animal Magic, Wild Track, Wildlife on One, and The Natural World.He worked on Sir David Attenborough's Emmy award winning series "The Living Planet" and produced programme five Seas of Grass.
In 1985 become a freelance producer and cameraman and has since made a number of films including Emas, High Plains of Brazil; The Secret Leopard; Queen of the Beasts for Survival; Crater of the Rain God; Nightmares of Nature; Lake of the Flies; King Cobra; The Living Edens - Namib; Sea Bears of the Diamond Coast, a three-part series on Indonesia, Wild Indonesia and another film for Survival on African antelope entitled Flying Hooves, Fleeting Shadows.
In 1992 Richard formed the independent, Zebra Film Productions Ltd., which is based in Bristol.He recently completed a one-hour on seals for WNET/Devillier Donegan Enterprises and is presently filming two half-hours on snakes for National Geographic Television.
Richard has received numerous awards including three Emmys for his camerawork and his work as a film producer.Richard is renowned for his camerawork - his extraordinary sequence of a male lion killing cubs for his film Queen of the Beasts is acknowledged as being a classic, and probably unlikely ever to be bettered.
Richard Matthews – Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation – Jonathan & Angela Scott, 7 Mar 2013 [cached]
Richard Matthews - Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation
Angie and I were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Cape Town wildlife filmmaker Richard Matthews.
Richard - who co-owned Table Mountain Films - and pilot Mark Berry died earlier this week in a plane crash in Namibia while filming aerials for an international documentary.
Richard and his wife Sammantha were old friends of ours dating back to the 1980s here in Kenya. We join their many friends in sending our love and condolences to Sammantha and her children and all the family - and to Mark's family too.
Richard was unique. I first met him in the early 1980s while working on the story of The Leopard's Tale (1985). He enjoyed roaming Fig Tree Ridge and Leopard Gorge (above) as much as Angie and I love to - home to Chui, Half-Tail, and Zawadi in times past. He was a talented stills photographer with a great love of East Africa and its people and wildlife. Richard had already established himself as an Assistant Producer with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. But his heart was always in Africa where he was born. He was very much his own man and we all knew that Richard would never settle for second best. He had a great eye for the shot and a wonderful understanding of light. He was an artist with his camera and soon decided he wanted to set up on his own as a wildlife cameraman. When Richard heard that a leopard mother had given birth to three cubs along Rhino Ridge in 1985 he decided to step up. That meant taking moving out of his comfort zone - mortgaging his home and heading back to Africa - literally putting his money where his mouth was. We spoke on the phone when I was in the UK - he was concerned about the risk he was taking but I knew this was what he needed to do - this was his golden opportunity - one of those moments when you have to decide if you are going to live the life of your dreams - or step back.
Richard was feisty, competitive and totally dedicated to his craft. He made his film on the leopard mother - it was a classic - some of the shots were achingly beautiful in their artistry - he really did have that magic ingredient. There was a 'look' to his work that was all his own. By getting stuck in like this he put his reputation on the line - he was filming the same leopard that the BBC decided they wanted to film for the Natural World! Typically that just made Richard all the more determined and he got some unique footage along the way - including a 'killer' sequence to top it off when the mother leopard leapt out of a tree to snatch a zebra foal!
Richard then worked with the legendary wildlife cameraman Alan Root in the Serengeti around the time I was collecting material for books on the wildebeest migration and the wild dogs.
Samantha gave Richard her dedication, loyalty and love - and the wonderful children that were and are so special to them both.
Later Richard worked with us on Big Cat Diary and we always knew Richard's 'rushes' - they were so beautifully shot - with his unerring eye for sidelight and backlight, mood and emotion. Samantha and Richard agonised over the economics of whether to buy a home in Kenya or head south to where Richard had grown up.
So they headed south with Richard now intent on combining his love of flying with his craft as a cameraman.
Richard was a man of many talents. He was a leader and a pioneer in his field. He had what it takes to step up.
And even though we lost contact with Richard and Samantha these past few years we were always delighted to hear news of their achievements.
Richard had a soft and sensitive side that sometimes got hidden by his drive and determination to complete his ideas. But anyone who knew Richard well understood his vision, saw his kindness and loving side, admired his boundless energy. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
14 comments on " Richard Matthews - Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation"
That early leopard film by Richard from the 1980s was an inspiration, I had never seen such intimate footage of wild leopards before that. What a terrible loss.
Thank you Jonathan and Angie for a touching tribute to Richard. I first met him in 1979 (!) when he first joined the NHU and a gang of us would hang out together in a (rather smaller, then!) Bristol. Mandy's just gone out to be with Sam and Nathan and Bella for a little while... I'm joining them for the memorial on Sunday in Cape Town. I have only the greatest respect for Richard as a filmmaker - and affection as a friend. Best wishes to you both, Brian
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