CLAIRE NIA RICHARDS (UNITED KINGDOM)
Claire Nia Richards was our hero in Reykjavik, Iceland (2017).
Being from a small town in Wales Claire Nia Richards always dreamed to broaden her horizons and spread her wings. Though she studied Film and Photography and specialized in photography, today she is a remarkable person in the entertainment industry and a professional Set Decorator.
After finishing Playmouth College of Art, Richards went to London with an intention to find a job in film production companies. Her desire was soon fulfilled as she was taken on as a runner by Carnival Films. “My first love was with drawing and being creative. I knew little of the Art Department until the Producer let me flee the nest and I started on one of his TV Dramas. This was the beginning – a long hard slog of insane hours and at times unsavory conditions and locations – but I was hooked” – Richards remembers early days of her career.
Throughout artist’s experience, she has worked with some incredibly talented people on stunning projects - she has been highly involved in commercials, movies, TV projects and dramas. Over the years, Claire Nia Richards has more than 20 movie titles where she worked in art department mostly as set decorator or as an assistant set decorator.
Among most known movies one can find "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" directed by George Lucas, "A Bunch of Amateurs" directed by Andy Caddiff, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” directed by Guy Ritchie, “A Little Chaos” directed by Alan Rickman, “The Theory Of Everything” directed by James Marsh and many more. In 2015 Richards was nominated for an award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild as a set decorator for “The Theory Of Everything”.
Considering the industry Richards has chosen, she says it is tough at times but incredibly worthwhile. “I feel privileged and grateful to those who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to develop and grow”.