(unless otherwise stated Richard acted as producer, director, writer, cameraman, and editor)
he was commissioned by CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau
to do a documentary about their silver anniversary performance of Come Sing Messiah
. At this performance the singers out number the audience members. Good amateur singers, a professional orchestra & conductor and up and coming soloists make for a memorable evening (and a very hectic shoot with a crew of just two people). You can see the trailer by clicking the image on the left. You can also see the complete 47 minute documentary by clicking CAMMAC Messiah 25
he completed a 58:34 documentary titled More than a BOX with Windows
. It follows the construction and design of Schluter Systems' (a company that makes tile installation products) new head office. It has become one of Québec's greenest industrial/commercial buildings to date and has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The documentary provides quite a good insight into how these technologies work as well as how tile is a good choice for sustainable energy efficient construction. You can see the trailer by clicking the image on the left. You can also see the complete documentary by clicking More than a BOX with Windows
. It is for private viewing only since he has a contract with a distributor.
he released Building in HARMONY
It is about CAMMAC
an innovative music centre that takes on an innovative green construction project. While poetically blending the music and the construction footage together, this documentary also explores the technical, artistic, and logistical challenges of this undertaking.
The project itself won an award for sustainability from the OAQ (Ordre des architectes du Québec). In May, 2007 he was invited to present this film at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. It also played at Greenbuild Expo 2007 in Chicago. The trailer is on the left. The complete 49:19 documentary can be seen by clicking Building in HARMONY
. If you want see it with French subtitles, click the CC icon. Note this was shot wide screen in standard definition.
he released Ghosts of GRIFFINTOWN
, a one-hour documentary about a vibrant Montreal working-class Irish neighbourhood that after WWII gradually disappeared. It aired on CFCF and screened in many community settings. Over 400 video copies were sold along with over 600 copies of the coffee table book 20th Century Griffintown in Pictures
. A third edition of the book had to be created because of the demand. More info at: griffintown.rjburman.com.
, he produced a half dozen short pieces for Vision TV's magazine show SKYLIGHT
he completed The World at Our Feet
(Le monde à nos pieds
). It took a look inside the 6th Lachine International Folklore Festival.
Produced in partnership with Shanda Productions, it aired on CFCF and TéléQuébec.
he made his first documentary film Being Part of It All
(24:00). It was about an intellectually handicapped couple's progression from institution to married life in their own apartment. It had distribution in Canada and the United States. It won a few awards and was selected for distribution in all NFB outlets.
Over the years he has field produced (sometimes doing the editing as well) a number of educational/promotional video's:
• story for Dr. Phil on parents and their freeloading adult daughter
• story for ExtraTV on Kate Middleton's wedding dress knock-off
• stories for truTv including "Keg Stand Granny" and "Exploited Montreal Riot"
• workshop recordings onto DVD for Straumann, dental implant company
• interview with CEO of Golden Goose Resources and General Romeo Dallaire
• corporate profile video clips for Tomasso Corp., King Canada, Korhani and Bankers/Spector & Co.
• training VIA Rail employees about serving handicapped customers
• promoting the work of Citizen Advocacy
• country and line dance instruction
• cooking demo for FBI Foods
• fashion pieces for Louis Feraud, Arnold Brant, Harry Rosen