Tom Richmond made it through the first 23 years of his life without ever touching a motion picture camera. He stumbled upon photography during college at Harvard, and then began exploring architecture, which lead to a few years in Houston, Texas in the mid 70s, working with some crazy geniuses called The Ant Farm. Their work attracted a video group called TVTV (Top Value Television) down to Texas, and that’s when Tom got infected by motion camera work.
Goodbye architecture, hello UCLA Film School. Hello Alex Cox (Repo Man), Michael Miner (Robocop writer) and Ramon Menendez (Stand and Deliver). Post grad in LA at that time automatically meant joining the Roger Corman film factory, where Tom paid his early dues, shooting Hardbodies, Hardbodies II and Chopping Mall, among other B classics, along with some no-budget videos for some obscure LA beginners called The Red Hot Chili Peppers. A few TV horror movies later, Alex Cox rescued him to join in the photography of Repo Man, then followed by the insane spaghetti western punk rock classic Straight to Hell. From Camera Management to Cinematography!
That was about 42 feature films ago. During that time, he received several Sundance nominations and one award for Best Cinematography, other IFC nominations, and two films, Little Odessa and Stand & Deliver, received Academy Award best actor/ actress nominations.
Films he is most proud of include Little Odessa, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Slums of Beverly Hills, A Midnight Clear, Killing Zoe, Stand & Deliver, Palindromes, Right at Your Door, and House of 1000 Corpses(!). Also very proud of the pilot for the TV series Cold Case, directed by Mark Pellington. There’s a few others too, for anyone interested....
Music videos include Jeremy-Pearl Jam, and videos for Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Chili Peppers, New Order, Mad Cobra, Iris De Ment, Jimmy Fallon, Lisa Loeb, and Emmy Lou Harris.
Commercials have included spots for Nike, Verizon, Holiday Inn, and Jet Blue, among others.
His most recent film, Little Boxes, starring Melanie Lynskey, was bought by Netflix at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and should be available in theatres soon.
For the past 3 years, Tom has taught cinematography, part-time, as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch Film School. He is also a proud member of the ASC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a working member of Camera Local 600.