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 and produced. Prior to this, he filmed dozens of films for National Geographic Television during which time he 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 campaigns for clients ranging from Verizon to Pacific Life to the Rockefeller Foundation.
Danielle is the co-founder of Still Life Projects as well as a producer and photographer. She is passionate about telling stories that move and challenge audiences. She started her career in production working for National Geographic's award-winning Explorer series and then moved on to the Smithsonian Channel's Spotlight programs, producing over 100 hours of programming on topics ranging from art to science. Danielle now leads content curation at Still Life Projects and has developed campaigns for clients including the International Rescue Committee and Next City, shepherding projects from paper to screen, in cities from Baltimore to Bangkok.
Diana leads Development for Still Life Projects. She has over a decade of experience managing development for production companies and broadcasters. Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development and Production for the Silicon Valley 3D VR production company Condition One. In this role, she developed “Melting Ice” which premiered at Sundance New Frontiers and the series “This is Climate Change” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Before this, she headed content development for Al Jazeera America’s Documentary Unit where she acquired multiple award-winning documentaries including the Emmy nominated docs “Freeway: Crack in the System” and “Omar Khadr: Guantanamo’s Child.” She started her career in development at National Geographic Channel where she worked on a diverse portfolio of highly-rated series and specials.