Scott Ryan began his professional career as a performer and quickly realized that his desire to make films went way beyond the need to tell a story. He wanted to make films that entertained and inspired people. This need was cemented while working in the environmental movement since he was a teen.
Scott’s vision came to fruition when he began directing documentaries for the startup company Zoom Culture. Many of these films were produced for the national TV shows PLAYGROUND EARTH and HIP HOP NATION. During his time at ‘ZC’ Scott found himself shooting stories on everything from professional street lugers to Los Angeles street art and multiple PSA’s.
On his next adventure, he supervised edits of the OLYMPICS and the first ever multiplatform broadcast of the Paralympics for NBC/Universal. He then further honed his documentary skills shooting with the Gantz Brother’s production company View Film (of TAXICAB CONFESSIONS fame).
In 2005 Scott formed Zero Point Entertainment with partner Charmel Green and served as Senior V.P. of production. At ‘ZPE’ they developed and pitched multiple series and shot the first season of A BLOODY BRILLIANT LIFE which aired on ABC (Australia). They also developed the online video platform Kachoo!, packaged feature films, produced commercials for cutting edge clients like The Wellness Channel, and formed partnerships with industry veterans such as Promenade Pictures.
The duo discovered a missing element in television more than a few years ago: the desires and dreams, the very manifestos (or missions) of everyday people were not being represented. Scott’s background intertwined with this deficit & inspired the project & show known as MANIFESTO! The series has been shopped through much of the world, has inspired countless commercial projects, and is now the subject of Scott’s feature documentary in progress, WE WANT THE AIRWAVES.
Recently Scott also consulted on a feature documentary about the quintessential, defunct punk music venue ‘The Outhouse’ based in Lawrence, Kansas. He’s also developing soon-to-be-announced doc projects involving a team of legendary pro skaters.
Scott’s social justice work spans environmental, animal welfare, & civil rights issues, having worked on behalf of Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, NRDC, Friends of the Los Angeles River, and Rhapsody in Green amongst others. Scott’s animal advocacy includes working with animal advocate Karen Dawn on her campaigns. He was also the co-founder and executive director of the endangered species non-profit Identify Foundation, where they launched a Mountain Gorilla project and a prepped a Pink Dolphin project. Partners included DFGFI (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Intl) and MGVP (Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Patrol), as well as WWF and Sea Sheperd on prepped projects.
Scott was an early, loud and proud creator and supporter of socially conscious, cause oriented television. He continues to push the envelope whenever he can. He was recently featured in Micro$oft’s Green Leaders video series. He hosts documentary film/television projects and organizes/speaks at charity events whenever time allows.