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Richard James Bennett

Lighting Cameraman

(778) 889-7422 (Mobile)

(604) 985-0352 (Residence)


Award winning lighting cameraman.  After traveling the world for 18 years based out of London, England doing documentary, newsmagazine, corporate and multi-camera series work  Rick is now based out of Vancouver.

Director of Photography on a wide range of programs for U.S. and U.K. based broadcasters and production companies.

Extensive travel filming world events including; The Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, UN missions to Mogadishu and Darfur, conflicts in former Yugoslavia, Albania and Macedonia, the British handover of Hong Kong, the Pope’s visits to Bosnia and Cuba and ABC TV's exclusive interview with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.  Numerous documentary projects for ABC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

DOP for single camera shoots and multi-camera events using Sony XDCam F800, CineAlta F900, Digital Betacam and DVcam.  Expertise in location and studio lighting using a wide variety of fixtures, Chimeras, Kinoflo Divas, poly, silks, nets, and flags to give images depth and texture. Experienced with using various jib arm and dolly systems.

Selected projects:

  • Evolutions - The Bear - Yukon segments  for this F-900 series for National Geographic Television
  • William and Kate - Royal Wedding - feature reports for Dianne Sawyer Royal Wedding special - ABC News, London
  • Art installation - corporate documentary - MGM Grand Macau
  • Beijing Olympics - BC Pavilion - interviews for  High Def video inserts promoting BC
  • Charles and Camilla - Royal Wedding - Live event special  for ABC, Windsor
  • Citizen Sam - documentary on Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan - NFB/National Film Board
  • Kyle XY, Reaper, Painkiller Jane - behind the scenes features for DVD release
  • Kids Eye View - took a kids eye view of Greece and history of The Olympic Games, PBS, Washington
  • Tonight with Trevor McDonald - multiple segments - DOP 2 cam - ITV, London
  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair - feature 3 camera interview - Bloomberg Television, London
  • Unrealtime - Ross Noble - live at The Garrick Theatre - DOP 6 camera/jib, BBC, London
  • Breaking Vegas - Madrid Spain -  Atlas Media Corp for the History Channel
  • The Beckhams - DOP for feature interview - ABC Prime Time
  • The 100 Million Dollar Diamond Heist - 2 camera for ABC Prime Time
  • Star Wars -  DOP F900 interviews for documentary for Lucas Films (George Lucas)
  • X-perimental - Children’s science series - DOP 5 Digi Beta cam shoots, Initial Endemol for BBC2
  • Queen Mary II Ocean-liner Launch – with Mary Hart - DOP 3 cam remote, Entertainment Tonight
  • History of Ballroom Dancing in England – magazine feature - ABC Prime Time
  • Lauren Bacall - feature interview with Ted Koppel in London - ABC Nightline
  • Angelina Jolie - feature interview with Barbara Walters - ABC 20/20
  • The Cresta Run Documentary - History of sledding in San Moritz - San Moritz
  • Springtime Fireworks Festival - Valencia Spain - Discovery USA


  • NHL Hockey - CTV
  • Arsenal Soccer feature - London, Fuji TV
  • Spanish Grand Prix F-1 - Barcelona Spain, Fuji Television
  • Wentworth England Golf Club World Match Play - player profiles - TV Asahi
  • England vs Australia - Lord’s Cricket Club London - SBS Australia


  • Paul McCartney - concert video and promo interviews for European tour - Millennium Dome, London
  • U2’s Bono - interview prior to G-8 Summit, Scotland
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - Stripped - promo interviews, Virgin Records
  • The Cure - studio recording and interviews, Yahoo web-cast, London
  • The Payolas - studio recording, Global Television, Vancouver
  • Brian Adams/Sheryl Crow - Fashion Awards - Royal Albert Hall, London

Recent corporate experience

  • Bombardier - corporate video at a train production factory Derby England
  • Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers - Corporate video on 50th anniversary Auction - Kelowna
  • Virgin Records - Promotional interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for DVD
  • Hard Rock Café - 30th anniversary London England, APTN


  • Shakespeare in Love - EPK interviews with cast members and behind the scenes, Shepperton Studios
  • James Bond - Die Another Day - interview Pierce Brosnan and behind the scenes,Pinewood Studios
  • Queen Mary2 Launch Special - Mary Hart Entertainment Tonight, DOP of 3 camera multicam, London
  • The Muppet Christmas Movie - interview with Michael Cain and Kermit the Frog, Pinewood Studios
  • BAFTA / British Film Awards - red carpet arrivals and interviews three years running
  • Entertainment Tonight - London Bureau freelance cameraman for over 10 years. Projects included location and studio interviews with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Judi Dench, Joseph Fienes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Greer, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Halle Berry and many others.


  • 2005  Emmy - ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings - Hidden War; Genocide in Darfur
  • 2004  Overseas Press Club of America - David Kaplan Award - ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel, Spotlight on Darfur
  • 2002  Peabody Award - ABC News Special with Peter Jennings for coverage of September 11, 2001
  • 1984  CanPro award - feature on Child Abuse for local CTV affiliate in Alberta