10 December 1948 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Francis-Bruce aspired to be a cinematographer like his father, Jack Bruce, who worked for Hollywood players like Cecil B. De Mille and the Famous Lansky Players. Nonetheless, Richard's aspirations landed him an editing gig at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Sydney, where he spent 15 years honing his craft.
Francis-Bruce collaborated with filmmaker George Miller on a plethora of films including The Dismissal (1983), Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and Lorenzo's Oil (1992).
Francis-Bruce later earned Academy Award nominations for his work on Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994), David Fincher's Seven (1995) and Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One (1997). Francis-Bruce was nominated for ACE Eddie Awards for The Shawshank Redemption, The Rock (directed by Michael Bay - 1996), Air Force One, and for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (directed by Chris Columbus - 2001). In 1997, he was invited to become a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
In 1996, Francis-Bruce visited Australia and spoke at a seminar at the Australian Film Television and Radio School entitled Frame by Frame. Francis-Bruce explained the importance of understanding internal rhythm and external rhythm as well as the choices he made in and between every shot throughout the film Seven.
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1983)
- The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
- Dead Calm (1989)
- Cadillac Man (1990)
- Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
- Silver (1993)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Academy Award nominee
- Speechless (1994)
- Se7en (1995) Academy Award nominee
- The Rock (1996)
- Air Force One (1997) Academy Award nominee
- The Green Mile (1999)
- Instinct (1999)
- The Perfect Storm (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
- The Italian Job (2003)
- The Forgotten (2004)
- Ghost Rider (2007)
- Killers (2010)
- Repo Men (2010)
- Cristiada (2011)
- Oblivion (2013)
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