founder, director and cinematographer
Ryan founded Still Life Projects in 2010 after a decade crisscrossing the globe creating documentaries for top media brands including HBO, PBS and National Geographic. In 2011, he earned the Sundance Cinematography Award for “The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” a documentary he shot with Peter Hutchens and Eric Strauss. Prior to this, he filmed dozens of films for National Geographic Television and spent time embedded with aborigines in Australia, documented child soldiers in Liberia, searched for Columbus’ ships and lost DaVinci paintings. In 2007, Ryan was injured in Afghanistan by an IED explosion while filming the U.S. Special Forces for "Inside the Green Berets” for the National Geographic Channel. His first film “Border Jumpers” received the Overseas Press Club’s "Best International Reporting on Human Rights" award and aired on PBS: Wide Angle. Today, he both shoots and directs commercial campaigns and documentaries.
See below for a sample of Ryan's work.