Richard P. Kempster, executive producer at visual effects and character animation studio Kleiser-Walczak, died March 28 at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He was 57.
Kempster, a native of Long Beach, worked in computer animation for 18 years, most recently overseeing project development and production at Kleiser-Walczak’s Santa Monica studio.
He contributed to the company’s work on films including “Mask 2,” “Frida,” “X-2,” “The One” and “Rose Red.” He also produced interactive synthespian models for Ray Kurzweil’s “Ramona” performance project at “TED11.”
Before joining Kleiser-Walczak, Kempster held sales positions at EMC Corp., Viewpoint Data Labs and Alias Wavefront. Throughout his career, he specialized in providing entertainment companies with new technologies.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his brother, film score mixer Steve Kempster; two daughters; a grandson; and his mother.