RHP was formed in 1996 in Melbourne. Utilising digital technology we make documentaries for video and the web, primarily on issues concerning human rights and the environment. We also provide editing and videography for documentary and other productions.


Pip Starr - director/videographer/editor/writer

Pip co-founded Rockhopper Productions in 1996. Prior to this he has directed and produced a number of programs and segments for community television in Melbourne. His work with RHP includes live multi-camera shows, and single-handed "guerilla" documentary style programs. In March 2000 he completed the funky 17-minute doco Violence is Violence. Also completed in 2000 was the 30-minute documentary Fire & Water, which was the result of a rigorous three-week shoot in the South Australian desert.

He received the "New Filmmaker Award" at the 2001 Wild Spaces Environmental Film Festival in Australia for our major documentary Fight For Country.

He has worked extensively using DV, editing on Adobe Premiere® systems, as well as Media 100® and Apple Final Cut Pro®. Other tools used include Adobe Photoshop®, After Effects®.

Bill Runting - technical director/managing director

Bill co-founded Rockhopper Productions in 1996. His background is as an electrical/communications engineer, working for a number of years planning and managing the installation of large mainframe computer systems. He has also maintained a close interest in community radio, and provides engineering services to a number of stations in Melbourne. With this highly technical expertise he provides RHP with the tools and support required to produce our work. His radio background leads to him particularly working with audio equipment at the source and post-production stages.

An early adopter of digital video systems, he has built a very effective DV editing system for use by RHP. Favourite tools include Sound Forge®, Photoshop®, Premiere®, Canopus DV Storm®.

Bill also manages the business side of RHP.