Executive Producer / Producer / Lead Editor
Richard began making films at the age of thirteen in a suburb of Pittsburgh. ... [more]
Executive Producer / Producer / Lead Editor
Richard began making films at the age of thirteen in a suburb of Pittsburgh. From his early claymation, pixilation, and live action work, he’s been combining technology with creativity. After developing early computer-based interactive entertainment, he created a series of films with casts up to fifty high school students. His culmination was a dramatic one-hour-super-8 medieval epic with a huge cast, authentic costumes, horses, elaborate locations, and full student orchestral score.
Moving on to college, Richard began his film schooling at the University of Bridgeport’s film department, and then transferred to USC cinema to earn a degree in film production. His senior project was a 15 minute rock musical with original choreography and music by top Hollywood musicians.
After SC, Arsenault worked as a video technician and video editor on some classic feature films and television including Die Hard, Beverly Hills Cop II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the pilot of the Wonder Years for television.
He worked with notable celebrities, musicians, and comedians: Bruce Willis, Louie Anderson, Danny Gans, Elton John, John Lithgow, Rick Rossovich, Dana Delaney, Robert Picardo, Christian Slater, Vince Gill, Pauly Shore, Victoria Principal, Heather Locklear, and dozens more.
Next, Arsenault moved in the direction of educational and documentary film making. He helped Taco Bell Corporation create an international video training department -- one of the first and largest in the world. He also worked with other major corporations from Mitsubishi to American Airlines to create training and educational television.
Arsenault went on to become one of the most prolific educational/documentary filmmakers in history, producing and writing about 500 films -- most of which are still in distribution world-wide. He was a pioneer of reality television, and has developed many of the cutting edge styles popular today.
Arsenault moved over to network television as his next step and became a lead editor for E! Entertainment television -- redefining their style and quality. Adept at “day of air” programming for various daily shows, he developed one of the fastest editing styles in the industry and became one of the leading AVID editors to this day.
Always looking for new challenges, Arsenault was the creating editor for Ellen Degeneres for her award-winning Ellen, earning him an Emmy nomination. Some of his pieces have become cult classics on YouTube. Arsenault also added his talent to American Idol, and was lead editor for winner Fantasia during season 3.
His television credits span almost every network, from MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon, to CBS and FOX, to Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, WB, FX, Oxygen, Style, and more.
Arsenault is an outspoken and leading voice in a number of issues and has interviewed leading politicians, doctors, and researchers on some of the most pressing politcal and humanitarian issues of our times.
He’s a rebel, not afraid to take on authority. His 2000 documentary on the DNC protests sent shock waves around the world, gaining respect of leading civil rights leaders and helping justice prevail in the rights of protesters to this day. He is respected by both state and federal legislators.
Now, Arsenault is engaged in roles ranging from Executive Producer to producing editor. He has dozens of projects in the works from interactive internet gaming to HD programs for network television, to cutting edge dramatic feature films.
His most recent producing/editing work can be seen on Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches which showcase a brand new style of reality-documentary storytelling.
Samples of his work and web design can be viewed at his websites www.richardarsenault.com, www.true-film.com and with fan commentary and over 700,00 views on YouTube (raproducer).
Arsenault is CEO and president of True-Film Incorporated, a hybrid entertainment production and distribution company.
Arsenault is president of Biohazard Educational Productions LLC, a leading producer of documentaries on scientific topics.
His interests include high-definition interactive internet delivery, developing new film making styles and genres, opening new distribution networks for film and television, developing improved theatrical systems for exhibition, discovering and nurturing new musical and performance talent, and developing new film and television projects with upcoming talent.
“My production philosophy is absolutely content driven. Upon finding the "spirit" of the topic, the other elements naturally fall into place from sound design to pacing to visual elements. My production philosophy is heavily edit driven, as I consider editing to be the ultimate language of cinema and television. I am proud to be one of the top and most innovative editors in television. Most importantly my style is "organic," meaning the film ultimately drives what it will become on every level. This style has proven very successful with audiences and my work consistently gets higher ratings and approval from my audiences compared side by side with other producers/editors on the same series. Modern television and cinema will seem archaically non-interactive, non-responsive, and (frankly) non-engaging to our great-grandchildren who will consider them flat and one-dimensional. The future director will be responsible for creating an entire Universe -- not just a story.”
University of Southern California 1986 Los Angeles, California
BA Cinema-Television Production: Directing/Editing Emphasis
True-Film Incorporated President / CEO
Documentary, reality television, DVD sales
Biohazard Educational Productions LLC President
LLC Specialty science training and documentary
Summary of Positions
In Development 2009
The History of TV Technology: Executive Producer/director
The Travel Channel 2009
Lead/creating editor: Bridget's Sexiest Beaches (Highest Rated, Creating/Producing editor for pilot)
True-Film Incorporated 2009
Executive Producer: Untitled documentary on microbiology
True-Film Incorporated 2009
Executive Producer: Invisible Influences (in development)
The Travel Channel 2008
Lead editor: Food Paradise II
The History Channel 2008
Editor: Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler
Biohazard Educational Productions 2002-2009
Executive Producer, Writer Toxic Mold Solutions (1-hour special and resources) News/Documentary
True-Film Incorporated 2008
Executive ProducerToxic Mold Solutions (5 new versions)
Creating Editor Dion and Pilar: Tough Love
JPL / NASA 2006
Editor Call to Greatness
Editor Family Face Off
Editor The Complex
Editor Pepsi Smash
FOX 2004 (season 3 & 4)
Editor American Idol
Creating Editor/Lead Editor Ellen
Editor The Sharon Osbourne Show
Creating Editor The Bill Stanton Project (pilot) Action/Reality TV
Producing/Creating Editor Sorority Life (pilot & 9 episodes) Reality TV
KPFK Radio 2002
Writer, Co-Producer Live Toxic Mold Discussion Panel w/ Senator Ortiz (1-hour live radio panel) Radio News
FOX / TMW Media 2000-2002
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Real Life Teens (15-episodes) Reality TV (in syndication)
Editor Band of Brothers (We Stand Alone Together - Documentary)
Opallo & Arial Prods. 2000
Director/Editor Behind Enemy Lines: dnc2k protests Documentary and DVD
E! Entertainment Television 1998-2000
Staff Lead Editor True Hollywood Stories (20-episodes) Biography
Staff Editor Search Party (8-episodes) Multi-Camera Location Game Show
Staff Editor Celebrity Profile (5-episodes) Biography
Staff Editor Mysteries and Scandals (5-episodes) Biography
Joe Conti Productions 1999
Producer First Flight 35mm film Science Fiction
NBC Television 1997-1999
Editor Access Hollywood
Warner Brothers Television 1997-1999
Editor How’d They Do That? News
Educational Media Productions, Inc. 1996-1997
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor American History Series (15 episodes) Biography
Pacific Pictures Corporation 1994-1996
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor U.S. History (5 episodes) History
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Latino History (5 episodes) History
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor African American History(5 episodes) History
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Health/Social Issues (10 episodes) Self-Help
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Native American History (5 episodes) History
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Slavery (1 episode) History
Research and Development Interactive Educational TV new technology development
Ready Reference Press 1990-1996
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor The Guidance Club for Kids (150 episodes) Guidance Television
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor The Guidance Club for Teens (120 episodes) Guidance Television
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Immigration Series (50 episodes) History
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Career Series (50 episodes) Career Guidance
Additional Clients: The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Taco Bell, American Airlines/Sabre, Mitsubishi, The Los Angeles Zoo, Golden
Harvest Films, United Airlines, Paramount Pictures, MGM, New Line Cinema.
Produced, Directed, Written, and Edited over 450 programs/episodes
Technical Skills and Experience
AVID Media Composer -- all versions, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, 3D animation and graphics, DVD development and
authoring, All video formats, Location Camera/ Lighting/ Sound, Desktop publishing , Web Design
Awards, Ratings, and References
Emmy® Nominated work for Ellen
Comedy Central segment featured for American Idol
Entertainment Tonight segment on work for Kept
Telly® Award for Behind Enemy Lines: dnc2k protests
Irvin Kershner, director of Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back: reference
Additional awards, ratings, and references available upon request.
March 29th 2011
Montage or demo reel? by Richard Arsenault 9 years ago I've done something I put off for over 20 years -- I created an editor's demo reel. Why did I wait so long Because every editor's demo reel I've seen has simply been a montage of other people's images