Richard Keane is an award-winning filmmaker that works in both animation and live-action as a writer, director and producer. Since 2003, Richard has been working solidly in a variety of important roles on numerous prolific projects. These range from commercials, short films, and television series. Clients have included Amazon Studios, BBC, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, RTÉ and Screen Ireland.
Richard has worked at several high-profile animation studios in both Ireland and the UK. He was with Brown Bag Films for over 12 years where he was involved in many BAFTA, Emmy and IFTA award-winning productions that have been broadcast in over 200 territories worldwide. One of his most notable directing roles there was on DisneyJr's Peabody award-winning series "Doc McStuffins" and Nickelodeon's "Butterbean's Café". This was the highest rated new series on Nickelodeon from the previous five years.
In 2012, Richard wrote, directed and edited the award-winning animated short film called "Bird Food". This was funded by Screen Ireland under their Short Shorts scheme and produced by Brown Bag Films. It toured the film festival circuit and was shown in over 50 festivals around the world, and was used by schools in the UK and Ireland to teach kids storytelling techniques.
Since 2007, he has also been working in live-action filmmaking. He wrote, directed, and produced the live-action short films "Perpetual Darkness" in 2007, "The Grand Canal" in 2016, and "Time Slips Away" in 2019. All of which have been screened at prolific film festivals around Ireland and Europe.
In 2015, he started the Dublin based boutique production company Out Left Productions Ltd. Its first production was in that same year and Richard produced and co-wrote the short film "Hot Knives" that was selected as part of RTÉ's Storyland series. Since then, Richard has been developing multiple animation and live-action projects. These range from shorts, TV series and feature films.
In 2019, Richard wrote, directed, and produced an episode for RTÉjr's new animated series "HerStory". This episode focused on Máire Ní Chinnéide, a truly epic female trailblazer, that was voiced by Amy Huberman. In 2020, Richard was commissioned by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to direct a live-action short comedy called "Chicken Out" which is currently being entered into festivals around the world.
Along with filmmaking, Richard is also the creative director and story consultant on the children's book series called "Not Just a Princess". He is also a highly trained improviser and performed with several troupes for over six years around Ireland and the UK. In 2013, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the improv troupe "Mondo Bizarro" where they did 5 sold-out shows.
Film (short) by Out Left Productions (Comedy) Director/Editor/Exec Producer A cash-strapped dad gets a job as the mascot of a chicken takeaway to make ends meet for his young family. They need to fly the nest of his overbearing mother, but can the plucky dad make it dressed as a giant chicken?
TV Series by RTÉjr/Out Left Productions (Animation) Wirter/Director/Producer/Editor The story of Máire, an incredible woman who was one of the the group who started the game, camogie. She also translated Grimm's fairy tales into Irish and in 1936 she edited the legendary Peig Sayers' autobiography.
TV Series by Nickelodeon/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Episodic Director Animated series about a fairy and her adventures running a neighborhood café with her friends.
Time Slips Away
Film by Out Left Productions (Short) Wirter/Director/Producer/Editor It's Christmas. An old married couple try to remember the past as they prepare to face an uncertain future.
The Grand Canal
Film (short) by Babyjane Productions/Out Left Productions (Short) Wirter/Director/Co-Producer An old homeless man sits on a bench, on the banks of the Grand Canal, and talks of love and life to a man with nothing to say.
Film (short) by RTÉ/Out Left Productions (Drama) Producer/Co-Writer 1995. Deepest suburbia. Fourteen year-old Charlie lives for his skateboard. Nothing else matters. But he is forced to take action when his wayward sister Sam steals vital medicine from their dad.
TV Series by DisneyJr/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Head of Previs & Layout "Doc McStuffins" is an imaginative animated series about Doc McStuffins, a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and communicates with and heals broken toys and stuffed animals.
TV Series by DisneyJr/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Head of Previs & Layout A happy young Hugglemonster named Henry goes on adventures with his friends and family. When they run into problems,Henry finds a way to save the day.
The Doc Files
TV Mini by DisneyJr (Animation) Titles Director "The Doc Files" offers young viewers a glimpse into Doc's keen deductive skills as she shares an in-depth look at specific cases and diagnoses after the clinic doors close for the day. Each episode opens with Doc dictating a toy patient's chart and recalling how she solved the case from allergies to splinters to the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
I'm a Creepy Crawly
TV Series by RTÉ (Animation) Writer Creepy Crawlies are slimy, squashy, stingy little pests. Or so we all think, but they've got a thing or two to say about that! In I'm a Creepy Crawly, the insects invite us into their alien world, right under our feet, to set the record straight.
Film by Brown Bag Films (Animation) Wirter/Director/Editor A man plans to eat his lunch in the park, but the local pigeons have other ideas.
TV Series by BBC/Silvergate Media/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Head of Previs & Layout An intrepid band of explorers roam the oceans in search of adventure and fun. Led by a valiant polar bear and a daredevil kitten, these eight talented critters are always ready to embark on an exciting new mission.
Noddy in Toyland
TV Series by Chorion/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Head of Previs & Layout A small boy with a blue hat lives in Toyland with his many toy friends. Join him as he learns valuable lessons, creates new friendships and defeats evil.
TV Series by Nickelodeon/Brown Bag Films (Animation) Head of Previs & Layout Olivia is an imaginative, and creative pig. She does everything with her best friends, Julian and Francine. Olivia is always up for fun, if it's at school, at home, or at a friends house.
Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly's History of Ireland
Film (short) by Brown Bag Films (Animation) Editor A tourist walks into Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O' Reilly at the bar who insists on telling him the 'real' history of Ireland over a number of pints.
Film (short) by Out Left Productions (Short) Writer/Director/Producer A visual arresting psychological horror about a girl who only wants to rest in peace.
Roobarb & Custard Too
TV Series by Monster Animation & Design (Animation) Lead Animator In this reboot of the 1974 classic, Roobarb and Custard Too follows a dog and cat that go on many crazy adventures.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education