Richard Mellon: “I was brought up on the West Coast of South Africa where sunny days, salty hair and cool water fostered a sense of fun and adventure that remains an integral part of who I am.
After school, I received training in the culinary arts, which taught me to perform skillfully under pressure and as part of a highly codependent team. This training allowed me to work my way across Europe where I discovered what I later found to be a rare, but important component of the best of these teams: Having fun while working hard.
My travels taught me a lot about myself and when I saw the opportunity I was able to unite my lifelong love of water-sports with my newfound love of travel by successfully proposing and then creating the first magazine for the World Tour of Kitesurfing. At the time when this was the fastest growing sport in the world, my business grew with it until I was managing the World Tour and their international media platforms during its most exciting and foundational time.
After many years on the road I returned home to Cape Town in search of an opportunity that allowed me to plant some roots, while still being able to travel and work in an exciting and rewarding field.
Fortunately, I found the perfect opportunity to do just that when I landed a job in production. The world of production has afforded me the chance to work with wonderfully creative and dedicated people – learning and sharing and travelling with these incredible men and women remains one of the greatest blessings I have received. After a decade of freelancing and four years as a full-time producer for one of Cape Town’s finest production companies, I am finally ready for this new challenge that unites my skills and experience.”
Photographer based in Los Angeles
“Richard is simply my favourite producer to work with, it’s always a fun shoot with lots of laughs, but it’s done with the right professional balance, he always goes the extra mile on every project.”
Creative Production Manager for Outdoor & Cycle Concepts
“We’ve relied on Rich for the past 2-years to be our go-to man to produce our big tri-brand commercial shoots, producing 2x completely separate shoots alongside one another – that’s 2x lots of talent, 2x crews, 2x production plans and 2x sets of problems and issues to juggle. From finding us SA’s best downhill mountain biker as talent, to casting and shooting kids glamping around a huge tipi-tent. Rich takes it all in his stride and can be safely trusted to get the job done.”
Photographer & Director based in London
“I look forward to every project we do together, not only because they are always smooth, well produced and a lot of fun, but because Richard really cares about the shoots and that shows in every element of his productions. He is simply my favourite producer to work with”
Image Producer Fat Face UK
“Rich has worked with us (FatFace – UK clothing brand) for the best part of 8 years in many roles including Production Manager, Photo Assistant, Photographer and Producer on 3 continents and in at least 6 countries. His ability to “get it” first time is impressive and if on the off chance he doesn’t, he asks all the right questions until everyone is on the same page. Genuinely a great guy to have on your side.”
Director & Producer for Santa Ibiza
“We collaborated with Richard in a challenging shoot, which involved a helicopter chasing motorboats, beach buggy racing, controlled beach bonfires and underwater filming among other scenarios. I must say that the job was easy thanks to his professionalism, experience and always present smile!”
Photographer based in New York
“Richard Mellon is one of those producers that just makes the difficult/impossible just magically happen with no stress and a ready joke to make sure everyone gets the work done but with a big smile. Great guy, great producer.”
Ice Models Mainboard Cape Town
“Richard is always a pleasure to deal with, he is always on top of everything and no matter how stressful the job is; he always seems to have a sense of humour, which helps a lot in this industry.”
SIXLOVE Artist Management in Cape Town
“Richard is always a pleasure to work with, his work ethic is thorough & honest. Always looking at the glass half full. Throw in a great sense of humour and you have the perfect producer.”
Ice Genetics Cape Town
“Having worked with Richard for many years amidst the organised chaos that the Cape Town model season brings; I can attest to the fact that his work ethic, professionalism, cool demeanour and brilliant sense of humour have made for many a smooth sailing job.”
Flash Rentals based in Cape Town
“Richard is the original real deal who goes out of his way to ensure that a shoot goes smoothly.”
Hair & Make Up Artist based in Cape Town
“I have worked with Richard in so many different places & circumstances and he amazes me with how easily he adapts and makes people feel relaxed around him!”
15 On Orange Hotel Cape Town
“Creative, fun, smart, energetic and an attention to detail type of guy. He always wants the best for his clients, and goes that extra mile to ensure that they are comfy and happy.”
Boss Models Cape Town
“Working with Richard, you’re sure to have the smoothest production possible. He crosses his t’s and dots his I’s and without fail you’ll have a laugh or two in-between.”
Cape Milner Hotel Cape Town
“After working with Richard in the industry for some years, his passion for what he does is clearly evident. It’s always such a pleasure dealing with Richard due to his experience and ability to get things done, but also his brilliant humour that can break the ice on stressful times.”