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Ryan Essery



Ryan Essery



          

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I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, spent a few years in Niagra Falls and then came back to Thunder Bay where I have lived to this day. I have always had a keen interest in computers and for years thought that was what I wanted to do, so I took courses and studied for my A+ and CCNA certifications. However, I also always had an interest in movies, so I took a course on making films at my high school, I had no idea how to even turn a camcorder on, let alone shoot or edit video. But over the course of a few months I learned about production and video editing, loving every minute of it. A year later I did a co-op placement at the local television station where I continued to grow and thrive. At the end of the placement I was offered a job there and accepted it. I was a camera and audio operator in the production department and a production assistant in the videography department, doing Closed Captioning for a weekly news recap program (NorthWest NewsWeek) as well. I spent a total of 2 years at the station. I have directed and produced a 10 minute promotional piece for a local high school, as well as a short pilot for a web based cooking series. I have also written several short scripts and done lighting for a few live theater productions. I edited a short interview piece in the late summer/early fall of 2007 for an organization called Face Homelessness and also edited a project called "The Movie Makers". I completed work on my first short film called "Walking the Distance" in September 2008 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1382373/). After the short film, I did some editing of conference footage for a company that specializes in the Contact Center Industry and went down to Vegas, Nevada to do some audio/visual work and film the world finals conference for the same company. After the events that took place during that, I decided that my production company (which formed in 2008)needed a complete overhaul. In 2009 I spent the first half of the year working for Lakehead University Athletics shooting the basketball and volleyball games and uploading them to a coach website so other teams could view the games and also working for an art gallery shooting promotional pieces to help sell the artwork. Afterwards I spent the next 5 months working on pre-production for a film that was at the time titled "The Roommate" (Now titled just "Roommates"). In October I was invited back to Lakehead University to shoot the games again. Currently I am working on several major projects (one is spiraled off of the "Roommates" film which never got the necessary funding) and heading up the webcasting (entitled "Thundercast") of the Basketball and Volleyball games.

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