Richard Terry has been passionate about making film and television ever since, as a little boy, he glimpsed a movie being made near his home. From that point, the die was cast, and at the first opportunity he began an apprenticeship as a lighting cameraman, gaining union status after a stint in a 35mm camera facilities house. At that point the BBC film unit was in its heyday and it became a burning ambition of Richards to make it in that institution. And so began a fruitful relationship, which took Richard around the world and into many unique situations, from the middle of the Race Riots with Reverend Al Sharpton, to the heart of a jazz festival in Havana, Cuba.
Upon leaving the BBC, Richard embarked on a stint as a freelance cameraman working on a number of high profile British television drama series and independent films, all of which pushed his skills as a lighting cameraman to new heights. This track seemed to lead to a pivotal moment in his career, shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary about a man who had been a personal inspiration, film director Bernardo Bertolucci, on the set of his Paris movie, The Dreamers.
More recently Richard’s career has been focused on documentaries, enjoying the camaraderie of small crews and exotic locales. The size of the crew was to shrink unimaginably for Richard’s next project, as he answered the call to shoot a documentary series about a man who lived with black and grizzly bears. He had no idea that it would throw him into such extreme and dangerous situations, and in front of the camera.
The latest chapter in Richard’s career has seen him film, produce, and host a couple of series, gifting viewers privileged access into the lives of wild bears and the people who study them. In making these films, Richard has had to endure living in harsh terrains and among dangerous animals, all invaluable experience as he embarks on his latest adventure, searching for the real creatures behind terrifying accounts from across the globe.
When he’s not battling monsters, Richard lives in a remote house and beautiful woodland on Dartmoor National Park in the southwest of England with his wife, two young sons, dogs, cat, and African guinea fowl.