A native of Vancouver, Canada, 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 short film that was screened internationally in over thirty film festivals, crowned Global Anarchy Champion at the Slamdance Film Festival and featured in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. After graduating from USC with honors, Ryan was hired by writer/director Stephen Sommers’ production company.
While assisting in the development of films including Van Helsing and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Ryan was also writing and directing an award-winning reel of commercials. One in particular, Blak Coffee, was selected by Adrants’ Steve Hall for publication in his book about outside-the-box thinking in advertising. Following his role as Post Graphics Supervisor on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Ryan started writing and directing full time.
Since then, he’s been recognized for his work behind the camera on Game On 3D - a short film that Paramount Pictures gave a worldwide theatrical release with prints of Justin Bieber – Never Say Never, the most popular concert-themed film of all time. His film was the first live-action 3D short ever to be released in theaters. In addition, he’s a frequent writer and director on The LXD – The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers, a Webby-nominated cross-platform adventure that’s the recipient of a Digital Emmy Award, an Advertising Age Vanguard Award and a NAPTE Digital Luminary Award for Best Online Series. His online work also includes directing the Streamy-winning show Masterclass, as well as producing and developing an entire slate of shows for the Webby-honored DS2DIO.
Most recently, Ryan was hired to write the live-action feature adaptation of Hasbro’s classic animated series and toy line, Jem and the Holograms. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 3D) directed the film for Hasbro Studios, Blumhouse Productions and Scooter Braun Productions. Universal released the film in theaters on October 23, 2015.
Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles, where he spends the majority of his spare time working on a jetpack for everyday use.