Category Archives: Film Music

Ryan Whittier Composes New Solo Piano Works

by Ryan Whittier on August 7, 2020, 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 […]

History of Memory

by Ryan Whittier on April 26, 2019, no comments

Ryan created the music for History of Memory, a series of four short documentary films by Redglass Pictures and the Garage by HP. Each film celebrates the power of a printed photograph to change our lives. From Florida to India, Beijing to New Orleans, the series explores stories of real people whose lives were forever […]


by Ryan Whittier on September 20, 2018, no comments

Ryan created the score music for a teaser scene from “The Color of the Sun”: the first live action feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless classic “The Little Prince”.  This video is an excerpt from the longer scene.  The Kickstarter campaign successfully funded in November 2018.  Follow the progress of the feature film’s development.

New-York Historical Society :: Vietnam War Exhibition

by Ryan Whittier on October 4, 2017, no comments

Ryan is the music composer for two separate short films that are part of the New-York Historical Society’s Vietnam War Exhibition.  One of the films features Nic Ut and Kim Phuc discussing the now-iconic, 1973-Pulitzer-Prize-winning ‘Napalm Girl’ image of a girl running toward the camera – away from a recently napalmed village.  Ut was the photographer, […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science In America

by Ryan Whittier on April 19, 2017, no comments

Science in America by Ryan WhittierRyan composed and recorded the music score for this short film released on Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s Facebook page, as well as StarTalk Radio‘s YouTube channel.  In the video, Tyson speaks about the fundamental importance of science to the United States and human civilization at large; he also advocates for science […]

National Academy of Sciences

by Ryan 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 […]

University of Washington

by Ryan 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 […]

PBS Video :: Webby Awards Honoree

by Ryan Whittier on April 4, 2016, no comments

          Get You A Brick – Terrence Howard on Cancer from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo. Angelo Merendino Final from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo. 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: […]

Emmy Nomination for Sesame Street’s Autism Series

by Ryan 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 […]

“The American City”

by Ryan Whittier on April 1, 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 […]

Ryan Whittier Scores Official Ken Burns iPad App

by Ryan 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 […]

Ryan Whittier Scores “Miracle on 22nd Street”

by Ryan Whittier on December 24, 2010, no comments

Here’s a link to the short documentary film ‘Miracle on 22nd Street’, as featured on The New York Times home page on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 2010: Miracle on 22nd St from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.  Ryan Whittier composed and recorded all the music in the three days leading up to the debut of this true story of […]

Ryan Whittier Scores 14 Short Films for NMAJH Only In America Hall of Fame

by Ryan 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. […]