As a kid Ryan grew up on his Parents horse stud farm in Muldersdrift, South Africa. When he grew into his teens he moved to Natal and became an ocean fanatic: surfing, sailing, lifesaving and photographing. At the age of 17 he joined the Natal Parks Board to combine both his passion for nature and movies and by the age of 19, Ryan had become leader of an Anti Pouching Unit in The 100 000 hectare Weenen Biosphere Reserve. Whilst fulfilling his duty in the Parks Board, Ryan was hiring video cameras and compiling footage to work his way into the film industry.
Having never studied video or film through a school or technicon, Ryan moved to Johannesburg and started offering his time for free to gain experience as an assistant editor, and assistant camera man.
He later worked his way up the ladder until eventually was comfortable in running his own small production house doing adventure and extreme sport documentaries, Soon Ryan was directing commercials shot on 35mm and producing, directing and filming short films in southern africa and other African regions. After having directed, shot and written a number of short stories, documentaries and television programs including the youth development program for young mountaineers, the Television insert on South Africa’s formidable youth school “Boys Town” and a full length documentary on the Scout Association of Southern Africa. Ryan started scripting his first major feature film, "Lords of Exile". Whilst pre producing the feature film Ryan made his living following his childhood love: training horses, of which many were used in the film itself. After five years in the making Ryan is back in Johannesburg with his feature now completed and entered into several international film festivals.
Now freelancing as a Director, DOP, Wildlife and feature film Cinematographer, Ryan is constantly on the look out for challenges and opportunities to expand and test his creativity. He is currently completing his Private Pilots License for several productions where piloting skills are necessary.