Richard Cullen is a British animator, designer and director, working primarily in live music related projects.
He trained as a theatre director at the Rose Bruford College in London, and later studied film theory at the University of Westminster.
He directed and designed productions for a number of fringe and experimental theatres, including Battersea Arts Centre and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and also worked alongside companies such as Improbable theatre, Complicite, Shared Experience, and the late Ken Campbell.
As well as directing music videos, he has created bespoke video content for concert tours, including Darren Hayes' Time Machine and DarkLight Tours, George Michael's 25 Live Tour and Symphonica, Keane's Perfect Symmetry, Red Hot Chili Peppers 2011/2012 world tour, Elton John's 'Million Dollar Piano' residency in Las Vegas.
His work has appeared in festivals (including Hong Kong's Clockenflap), Ralph Larmann's 'Stage Design' (published by daab, and featuring his work for George Michael), and in magazines such as Digital Arts and Total Production.
In 2009, he directed and animated the Darren Hayes' DVD This Delicate Film We've Made, which entered the UK music DVD charts at #1.
Through his own studio 'Pixelfing', he often produces work for onedotzero in London, and Duck Studios in Los Angeles.
- 2006: "Mango Tree", Angus & Julia Stone
- 2007: "Who Would Have Thought" by Darren Hayes
- 2007: "Me, Myself and I" by Darren Hayes
- 2009: "The Sunshine Song" by The Candle Thieves
On 19 June 2006, Richard Cullen entered in London into a civil partnership with his boyfriend of two years, Darren Hayes previously of Savage Garden. Hayes announced the event two days prior on his official website. Before the announcement Cullen's name had appeared on the website as the designer of the cover for Hayes' single "So Beautiful". The song was actually written by Hayes for Cullen himself.
Awards and nominations
- In 2008 he was nominated for a BIMA award for his work on the video for Darren Hayes' "Who Would Have Thought"
- In 2009 he was nominated for the UK Music Video Awards for his mixed media video for The Candle Thieves' "The Sunshine Song".
- In 2009 he was nominated for the UK Music Video Awards for his video for The Candle Thieves' "We're All Gonna Die".