Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

independent screenwriter

Albany, New York

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July 2016
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About Matthew

I am an attorney by training with a passion for inspirational true stories of individuals whose great deeds have propelled our world forward in dramatic ways. I have completed a historical feature screenplay "Aegis For Dreams" (128 pages) of one of the most important relationships in American history, at one of the most pivotal moments in American history: that of General George Washington and his aide de camp, Lieutenant Alexander Hamilton, during America’s War for Independence.

This passion project has received strong comment from three nationally prominent historians and many industry professionals via The Black List. Moreover, the script was green-lit by industry AI Firm ScriptBook. The sweeping epic story I tell has been compared in script notes from professional reviewer to Barry Lyndon, Spartacus and Ben-Hur.

I envision the soundtrack of this film to be primarily works of Mozart, many written in the year of the scene the work depicts. All of my energy that I exert in this specific world is to bring the story to the big screen.

Unique traits: I have been told by an Oscar-winning Producer that my writing demonstrates that I "have an ear for dialogue".


  • Aegis for Dreams

    Aegis for Dreams Budget: $10M - $30M | War Romance Aegis for Dreams is an epic story centered on the contentious relationship between Washington and his prodigal aide Alexander Hamilton. The story climaxes with the interactions between these men as they simultaneously attempt to stabilize a new government and stave off mutiny within the ranks of the American Army. 


  • Aegis For Dreams

    Aegis For Dreams (2016 - 2017)
    Drama (Drama, History and Biography) screenwriter This is the story of the relationship between George Washington and his "prodigal son" Alexander Hamilton as they confront crises in America’s war for independence. This is a character-driven relationship story, rather than a “war movie”. Father-son and larger family themes pervade. The story crests with the interplay of the two men as they attempt to quell mutinies within the American Army, which are finally brought home, literally, to the front steps of Independence Hall. In the story’s climax, it is Washington’s unfailing belief in civilian control of the military – and his unwillingness to surrender to political expediency – that preserves the freedom America had gained on the battlefield. Works of Mozart (born a year after Hamilton) will serve as the primary soundtrack for this film. Several of the works were written very close in time to the depicted scenes. Highly emotive music worthy of the storylines and, like our country, still a force nearly 250 years later.


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