Digital media creator was also screenwriter
Screenwriter, author and director Richard Burges Smith died of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma June 29 in San Francisco. He was 48.Smith was a creator of digital media and live events whose credits also included the screenplay to 1989 action thriller “Lock Up,” co-written by Jeb Stuart and Henry Rosenbaum, and a novel, “Freezer Burn.” He also created immersive media for tradeshows and experiential installations for museums and worked for corporate clients that included Google, cabler History, Sling Media and Zynga. Smith worked for decades for San Francisco production companies including Camp Creative, Group Delphi and the Kenwood Group. Born in Hartford, Conn., Smith graduated from Wesleyan U. in Connecticut in 1985. In 1988 he received his master’s degree from the School of Cinema-Television at USC, then launched his screenwriting career before relocating to San Francisco. Smith was a member of the Writers Guild of America West. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mariana Schwartz; three daughters; his mother; three sisters; and three brothers. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. July 8 at St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union St. in San Francisco. Donations may be made to Surfrider Foundation or the Putney School.