by Ryan Sayward Whittier on November 29, 2016, no comments
A new series from the National Academy of Sciences explores the broad role of how social science research can benefit society. This episode profiles a man named Fielding Daniel and his wife, Amy, who were told to wait years so that Daniel could get a kidney. This led them to Harvard-based market economist Alvin Roth, whose research and redesign of the kidney marketplace saved countless lives. Roth pinpointed the main problem: There were lots of people who wanted to give kidneys but couldn’t because their loved ones weren’t a match. “As an economist that’s not the way an orderly market works,” he explains in this short film. “So, I got together with some colleagues and said let’s think how we would trade kidneys.” This short film premiered on the Atlantic’s website in November 2016. Video by Redglass Pictures. Music by Ryan Whittier.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on October 22, 2016, no comments
The University of Washington commissioned Ryan to create a triumphant opening score for their major live multimedia event, TOGETHER, which was held in a packed Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the Seattle campus on October 21, 2016. Ryan’s score celebrates the inspiring pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest, and specifically the myriad achievements by past and present individuals at the University of Washington. These achievements include: the historic men’s 8-man rowing gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (the exciting story of which is told in Daniel Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat), numerous Nobel Prizes, and the inventions of color television, vinyl, ceramic tiles for the space shuttle, the Hepatitis B vaccine, long-term dialysis, Doppler ultrasound, synthetic rubber, and many others.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 9, 2016, no comments
Ryan created the score for this short film “The American City” written & directed by Matthew James Thompson, which was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Here’s what Thompson says about the film: “I’ve always been inspired by the Depression Era photography of Walker Evans and his portrayal of a changing America. Today many American cities are in a similar stage of transition and I was struck by how different the landscapes must have looked just a few years ago. As the trees and plants grow up from the crumbling foundations it’s as if they’re being swallowed back up by the Earth.”
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 5, 2016, no comments
Ryan created the score music for “The Story of Cancer – The Emperor of All Maladies”, a series of short documentary films for PBS supporting the larger three-part, six-hour “CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies” feature documentary. The feature film is based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, and premiered by airing on every PBS television station in America on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2015; Executive Producer: Ken Burns, Director & Producer: Barak Goodman. Subjects of the short film series Ryan scored include Suleika Jaouad, Dr. Jose Baselga, Terrence Howard, Angelo Merendino and many others. Find out more about the project here. The short documentary series was created by Redglass Pictures and won the Best Reality/Documentary Series award at the 2015 Brooklyn Web Fest, in addition to being named a 2016 Webby Awards honoree: “Honorees like Redglass Pictures are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,000 entries we received this year.”
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 3, 2016, no comments
Sesame Street’s “Autism: See Amazing in All Children!” series has received a 2016 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Interactive Media – Original Daytime Program or Series. Ryan created custom music scores for four of the featured films in the series, all of which were directed by Matt Bockelman. Three of the segments are hosted by Abby Cadabby (Thomas’s Story, Nasaiah’s Day, A Sibling Story), and the fourth (Family Friends) is geared more towards a parent’s perspective. All four videos, along with lots of other content, can be found at http://autism.sesamestreet.org/.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on September 25, 2015, no comments
The USA Pavilion at the 2015 Expo Milano in Italy (May 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015) featured two short films scored by Ryan; the films played 24/7 on a loop, and the USA Pavilion had over 4 million visitors. The Expo Milano 2015 theme was ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. Produced by Redglass Pictures.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on July 28, 2015, no comments
Ryan created custom score music for this 60 second Oreo Thins commercial in August 2015, which was subsequently featured in this AdWeek article. The commercial was produced by North of New York. Post production by Whitehouse Post.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 21, 2015, no comments
August Heat, starring Mark Jude Sullivan (One Life to Live, As The World Turns) and Jarlath Conroy (True Grit, Day of the Dead, Kinsey), received its world premiere screening at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival (where it won the Directorial Discovery Award), and was officially selected to screen at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in LA, Savannah Film Festival, Zero Film Festival NY, Garden State Film Festival, Soho International Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Directed by Matthew James Thompson, the short film is based on the chilling short story of the same name by W.F. Harvey. August Heat was awarded a Platinum Remi at the 2015 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. Music by Ryan Whittier.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on September 28, 2014, no comments
The New York City Ballet premiered this short film at their Lincoln Center Fall Gala in September 2014 to celebrate the commencement of the season and its new costume designers and choreographers. Directed by Matt Bockelman, Fly’s Eye Films. Music by Ryan Whittier.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on February 10, 2014, no comments
The official Ken Burns iPad App is now available at the iTunes store. Ryan Whittier provided score music for multiple segments within the app. From the app description on the iTunes Store: “This app is not a collection of Ken’s filmography—it’s an entirely new way of looking at American history, only available on iPad. Ken has been producing documentaries for over three decades, including such films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Prohibition and Mark Twain. Now, he has returned to this body of work and selected scenes illustrating recurring themes in American history.”
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on February 21, 2014, no comments
Ryan Whittier provided score music for a new film featuring former United States Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. In the film, titled Before Forever Changes, Mr. Perry endeavors to “promote greater public awareness about nuclear weapons and engage more people in acting to mitigate the growing threat they pose to humanity”. The William J. Perry Project produced the film and is sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington, DC.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on August 5, 2013, no comments
Ryan Whittier is composing and compiling a small collection of short solo piano works. Some are brand new, and some are from recent years. The moods of the pieces are generally nostalgic, wistful and contemplative – some with a touch of mystery – and the compositional style is exceptionally sparse. Some of the pieces create a feeling of moving in slow motion.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on October 18, 2012, no comments
Ryan Whittier has received ASCAP Plus Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 for his film scoring work. The ASCAP Plus Awards recognize creative contributions to American music. The program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of ASCAP’s performance surveys.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on August 12, 2011, no comments
Ryan Whittier created the music for Redglass Pictures’ short film about “millenials” for Mercer (a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies). It was a fun and challenging project, since the soundtrack required elements of indie, folk, and good old fashioned rock’n’roll.
by Ryan Sayward Whittier on November 26, 2010, no comments
Ryan Whittier composed, performed, and recorded the music for 14 short films at the National Museum of American Jewish History’s Only In America Hall of Fame exhibit in Philadelphia. The museum’s grand opening to the public was November 26, 2010, and the Only In America biographical films are located on the museum’s first floor. The permanent exhibit was conceived and produced by Local Projects, and the films were directed, shot, and edited by Redglass Pictures. Biographies include Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Mordecai Kaplan, Sandy Koufax, Esteé Lauder, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Leeser, Golda Meir, Jonas Salk, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Rose Schneiderman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Henrietta Szold, and Isaac Mayer Wise.