Ryan knew from a very young age that he wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking. It was this certainty that led him to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in the University of Southern California’s program for Cinema-Television Production. While there, he wrote and directed The Midnight Express – a modern-day fairy tale that screened internationally in over forty film festivals, was crowned Global Anarchy Champion at the Slamdance Film Festival and was featured in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He also wrote several original screenplays, including The Atomic Avenger – a lighthearted children’s superhero tale that was a quarter-finalist in the Nicholls and Disney writing fellowships and a finalist in the Slamdance screenplay competition.
Immediately following completion of his advanced undergraduate thesis film, Periphery Texas, and his graduation from USC with honors, Ryan was hired by writer/director Stephen Sommers’ production company. While his job took him around the globe as an assistant on Van Helsing and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Ryan was busy writing and directing an award-winning reel of commercials. Following his role as Post Graphics Supervisor on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, he started writing and directing full time.
Ryan’s latest commercial, written and directed for Razor Scooter’s campaign, can currently be seen on the air. His upcoming projects include episodes of Paramount's new web series, The LXD, which is in post-production and set to launch this summer. Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles, spending the majority of his free time working on a jetpack for everyday use.