Ryan Whittier has provided music for many clients, including major institutions, international brands, and media creators of all kinds.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 provided the music score for a Crayola commercial that aired on national TV during the 2012 and 2013 Christmas seasons.
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 […]
Ryan Whittier was the music composer for a recent film commissioned by UN Women.
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.
GE licensed some of Ryan Whittier’s score music for use in their Developing Futures in Education short film.
The short documentary film “Ken Burns: On Story“, which Ryan Whittier scored for Redglass Pictures, made its web debut on the Atlantic. The film features the legendary Ken Burns discussing what he finds most compelling about the art of storytelling. Selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Ryan Whittier created custom film score music for the Johnson & Johnson Carbon Footrace short film.
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.
The AFI | Discovery Channel SilverDocs Documentary Festival officially selected Miracle On 22nd Street to be one of the short films screened at the 2011 festival. This film has received a number of accolades, and Ryan had a great time composing and recording the music for it.
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 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. […]