One week after graduating college from the University of Richmond in Virginia, Ryan packed his bags and drove to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker. He didn’t have a job or a place to stay, but was passionate about filmmaking, and since his Mom liked the first film he made in college, he figured, “that’s a start. ” After working in Development for two years, Ryan was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts to study directing.
At USC, Ryan has had the privilege of writing and directing short films, music videos, and commercials that have screened at various festivals. In 2009, Ryan directed an hour-long dramatic television pilot, RX, which was selected to screen at the prestigious New York Television Festival. RX also earned Ryan Directing honors at the Accolade Television Awards and Telly Awards. His commercial debut for Forman Mills aired in commercial markets across the country and his latest commercial for AT&T was a finalist for the Mofilms’ Cannes Commercial Contest.
Ryan draws his inspiration from lost generation literature, classic rock music, and international travels that enabled him to study in Spain, Argentina, and China. When not writing and directing, Ryan enjoys cheesy horror films, hookah bars, and hanging out with his puppy Sally.