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Meet Richard


Known in the NYC film scene for his knowledge and experience in film-making and his creative problem-solving skills…Richard Roepnack is the Man with a Movie Camera.

image of VariCam LT camera with matte box

VariCam LT with matte box (photo courtesy VaricamLT.com)

EQUIPMENT SKILLS
Camera and Steadicam Operator

  • 35/16mm, digital cinema
  • Custom/design-build production specific lights
  • Specialty optics visual efx
  • Motion-control animation
  • Lens modifications

RECENT CLASSES 

Masterclass with Steven Poster, ASC: Case Study ‘Donnie Darko’

Camera Assistant Skills Workshop: IGC Local 600 intensive AC class (2 days)

Abel Cine

SOC: One week intensive Steadicam with Jerry Holloway. Guest instructors: Larry McConky and Garrett Brown

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • IATSE* Local 600 – Director of Photography
  • SMPTE – Professional Membership
  • AICP – General Membership
*International Cinematographers Guild

SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERSHIP/ASSOCIATIONS

  • Friends of the ASC; SHOOT; IFP; MOMa [+film]; MoMoving Image; IFC; The Rubin Museum
  • Film Forum; IFP; Cinematography.net; SHOTS; NYPA; Shooting People; All Relevant Forums
  • NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television)
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

EDUCATION

  • MFA Filmmaking (1 year): School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL [1988]
  • BFA Filmmaking: School of the Art Institute of Chicago [1986]

RECENT PROJECTS

Director of Photography – Feature Film

”The Cutting Room Floor” Watch a one minute excerpt

SAG Signatory [Mod. Lw. Bdgt. Agreemnt.]

16/35mm B & W Feature

Multi-camera sync-sound studio production. Conceptualized, developed and executed a complete lighting and shooting method devised to accomplish the particular requirements of an unorthodox cinematographic, emulsion based, Production & Post-Production workflow and schedule. Designed & fabricated a studio and film-set created to conform to the projects’ exact needs.. Also; engineered and implemented a production-specific apparatus to singularly slate, operate, & monitor two synch- sound 16mm blimped Arriflex cameras. {In Post}.

Director of Photography – Feature Length Documentary

“An African River Rises”: The D’jenne Initiative

Director: Jean-Louise Bourgeois

On location: Mali – West Africa

16mm COLOR

DoP: Supervised, in situ, the design, building and outfitting of a unique film-boat to my needs and specifications.  The vessel, retrofitted from 2 traditional fishing boats and repurposed into a stylized catamaran that could pan on its axis – and combined with an extended cantilevered camera platform that hung inches above the water – provided the basis of visual approach for the film.  The 51 foot twin-hulled craft – constructed largely by using a fire-heated nail as a drill bit – with a crew of 12, generator, satellite up-link, & accommodations navigated and documented some of the cultural conditions – from the Rivers point of view – in and around the Niger river basin. {In Post}.

Roepnack Racks: Unique film grip/lighting racks

Roepnack Racks: Custom Film Grip/Lighting Racks

DESIGN/BUILD

  • Roepnack Racks: Unique film Grip/Lighting racks
  • Rotating matte box
  • Motion control system