Bi-Annual Update

by Ryan McFaul

Dearest website, it has been too long since I’ve updated you. But fear not: I’ve been making you plenty of new baubles to add to your collection. So then…

First up, an awards update, since I never followed up on the prior post. The Electric Company won five Emmy’s last summer. Unfortunately “Sesame Street” beat me out for the Children’s Directing award, but we did take best Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, and overall Best Children’s Program. It was a spectacular night, and winning so five of our eight nominations was a stunning endorsement of the show.

In other award news, the Cutzilla spot won a bronze Cleo. Go, go Cutzilla.

For the rest of the summer, I directed another six episodes of Electric Co., and also worked on a few other projects for the show: I did some animation direction, revised our beautiful title sequence, and created a really cool music video using light painting. I’ll post the latter once that episode has aired.

In the Fall, I created a spot for Cirque du Soleil’s new NYC production entitled “Zarkana,” opening at Radio City this Summer. It’s a fairly simple spot, so I won’t be posting it to the main portfolio pages. Instead I’ve posted it here for inquiring minds. All of the work was done here at Ryantown.


December took me to Moscow, where I shot a crazy VFX/comedy commercial for Russian television. The job was pretty wild and complicated, but it came together nicely. The spot is still in post right now and I am eager to post it along with a behind-the-scenes. Here’s a tease photo. Look for that in early March.

Moscow Sneak Peak

That’s the update! Come back soon for clips of the new work.