A college dropout with roots in bedroom videotape tinkering.
Daniel Ryan was a film obsessive from a young age. In fact, when he was a child he had two VCRs in his bedroom. He would make movies with friends on a miniDV camcorder and edit them together in real time from one VCR to the other, doing all of the edits, music and title sequences from his bedroom floor.
He went to university to study film, but eventually realised he was paying a lot of money and not really making anything, just studying the "right way" and "wrong way" to do things. After two years he dropped out, bought a camera and never looked back.
The risk of leaving school and forcing himself to make a living with a camera was the starting point on his journey to becoming a director. Meeting the right people has helped too, from DPs to producers, musicians or other artists to inspire him.
Having worked on numerous music video and art projects, he’s in the early stages of a couple of narrative projects and looking forward to seeing where those take him.
He lives in Chicago and has a fondness for hot sauce.
Watch some of his work here: