Ryan Hamelin

Ryan Hamelin

Climbing Higher Pictures LLC

Director, assistant director and camera operator in New York City, New York

About Ryan

A graduate of NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has spent the last few years working tirelessly on sets ranging from small independent films (Don Jon, A Birder's Guide to Everything) to Hollywood Blockbusters (The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America: The First Avenger). He's worked as a 1st Assistant Director on various projects, and has directed three short films of his own (Going Down, Fortitude, and The Final Illusion) with several more films in pre-production.

Alongside personal projects, he's produced several other shorts, and acted as a production manager/writer/director for the web based comedy troupe The Horse Thing. With the recent acquisition of the MoVi, Ryan has become an active camera operator and acts as the "Gimbal Op" or "Runner" for the two person operated rig.

Name: Ryan Hamelin

Lives in: New York City, New York

Company: Climbing Higher Pictures LLC

Occupation: Director, Assistant Director, Camera Operator, Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter and Special Effects Supervisor


  • New York Is Dead

    New York Is Dead (2016)
    Television (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A darkly hilarious series about two broke New York City artists who become hired killers to make ends meet.

  • Shelter

    Shelter (2014)
    Film (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

  • The Vigilante

    The Vigilante (2014)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The year is 2046. When a genius orphan on the run meets a 'neurocorrected' serial-killer recently released back into society, the two of them find themselves on a dangerous road to redemption.

  • The Sound and the Fury

    The Sound and the Fury (2014)
    Film (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Directed by and starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century's greatest works, The Sound and The Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honor, social injustice and forbidden love. Written by Anon

  • Crazy Glue

    Crazy Glue (2014)
    Film (Animation, Short and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Crazy Glue is a film about one woman's unique solution to holding things together when she feels like her life and her relationship is falling apart.

  • The Final Illusion

    The Final Illusion (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer "The Final Illusion" centers around the last sold out performance of the world renowned magician "Phineas the Magnificent". Phineas's daughter Sarah, having not seen her father in almost 20 years, has arrived at the theater to bring him some important news, tidings that may serve to rekindle the relationship they once shared. Have the intervening years proved too much of a strain, or is there still room for a little wonder in the life of a celebrated illusionist? Written by Anonymous

  • Touched With Fire

    Touched With Fire (2014)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

  • Zarra's Law

    Zarra's Law (2014)
    Film (Crime and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew A retired detective Tony Zarra (Tony Sirico) is pushed into the world of crime after the murder of his younger brother.

  • Friends and Romans

    Friends and Romans (2014)
    Film (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A group of lifelong mob movie extras mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in their local Staten Island theater in order to finally get some speaking roles. But the theater is the secret hideout of a real-life gangster who fancies himself an actor, and whom the FBI are hunting for the recent murder of a Broadway producer. The Feds insert their own undercover agent to audition for the role of Cassius, seeking to determine who is the real gangster among a cast of make-believe criminals. All the while, the oblivious cast seek only to prove to themselves, their families, and friends that they are more than just extras.

  • Celebrity Ghost Stories

    Celebrity Ghost Stories (2013 - 2014)
    Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Celebrities talk about paranormal experiences that they've had.

  • Introducing the Superdesk

    Introducing the Superdesk (2014)
    Commercial by The Barbarian Group MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) for the video "Introducing the Superdesk" for The Barbarian Group.

  • Gatorade - Fierce

    Gatorade - Fierce (2014)
    Commercial by Gatorade MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) on the Gatorade spot "Fierce" for Jake Oleson.

  • Nowhere to Hide

    Nowhere to Hide (2014)
    Music by Crobot MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) on the Crobot - "Nowhere to Hide" music video.

  • NYC Ballet Gala Presentation

    NYC Ballet Gala Presentation (2014)
    Commercial by Buffalo Picture House MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) on a New York City Ballet Gala Video for Felix Thompson and Brandon Roots, produced by Gabrielle Nadig.

  • Rollerskating Promo

    Rollerskating Promo (2014)
    Commercial by Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) on a promo for "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

  • Discover Art

    Discover Art (2014)
    Commercial by Depict MoVi Operator Acted as MoVi Gimbal Op along with Erin Trout (MoVi Remote Op) on the documentary "Depict - Discover Art" for the CA based company Collaborative Method.

  • The Harvest

    The Harvest (2013)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew The girl Maryann has just moved to the house of her Grandfather and Grandmother in the countryside after losing her parents. She is lonely and misses her former friends and decides to wander around the area. She finds the secluded boy Andy, who lives alone with his mother, the surgeon Dr. Katherine Young, and his father, the nurse Richard Young, in an isolated house. They immediately befriend each other and she enters in his room through the window to play video-game with him since Andy depends on a wheelchair to locomote. On the next day, Maryann visits her new friend again and Richard let her in to play with Andy. On the next day, Katherine does not allow Maryann to visit her son and she goes to the house of her grandparents to forbid Maryann to visit her son. However Maryann insists on visiting Andy when his parents are absent; out of the blue, they return and Maryann is trapped inside the house. She goes to the basement expecting to find a way out and stumbles with a dark secret. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno (2013)
    Film (Adventure and Horror) Miscellaneous Crew In New York, college student Justine joins a group of activists led by Alejandro and travels to Peru to protest against a timber industry that is destroying the Amazon rain forest. When the group is returning to civilization, the plane blows-up and crashes into the forest. Soon the survivors discover that they are not alone and they are abducted by a tribe of cannibals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Run

    Run (2013)
    Film (Action, Romance and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew RUN is a fast-paced, action/thriller, which centers on a street smart, 17-year-old named Daniel who practices Parkour and is both hero and thief.

  • A Birder's Guide to Everything

    A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013)
    Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Written by Crossroads Films

  • Degrees of Delusion

    Degrees of Delusion (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Before covertly leaving town to start a new life with his girlfriend, Carl must break free of the confines of his infirmed mother's grasp.

  • Cold in July

    Cold in July (2013)
    Film (Crime and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew In 1989, in the east of Texas, Ann Dane overhears a noise during the night and awakes her husband Richard Dane. He picks up his gun and stumbles with a burglar in the living room and accidentally shoots and kills the intruder. He is identified by the police as the wanted criminal Freddy Russell, but Richard is affected by the incident. Richard goes to the cemetery to see Freddy's burial and his father Ben Russell, who is also a criminal on parole, talks to Richard and asks for his son. Richard brings his son from the school and meets his wife at the police station, but the police inspector Ray Price cannot do anything to help him. Soon Richard finds that someone has broken in his house and the police officers stake out the place. However Ben breaks in the house but escapes. Ray calls Richard to tell him that Ben was arrested in Mexico and the case is closed. While leaving the station, he sees a picture of Freddy Russell and he realizes that he is not the burglar. Richard ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Flipsters

    Flipsters (2013)
    Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew A group of modern Brooklyn beatniks takes in a down on his luck wall street analyst and unwittingly bring a world of secrets and espionage crashing down on their heads.

  • Paranoia

    Paranoia (2013)
    Film (Drama and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. Written by Relativity Media

  • Don Jon

    Don Jon (2013)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. Written by SophiaLB

  • Redrum

    Redrum (2013)
    Television (Crime) Miscellaneous Crew When it comes to murder, no detective starts their search at the beginning of the crime. Rather, a murder investigation always begins with the body, after the deed is done. It is up to the police to piece together the story, moving backwards in time until they arrive at the root of the crime. In REDRUM, viewers follow the backwards tale of murder from false motives and mistaken witnesses to conversations taken completely out of context, until the truth finally comes out at the very end. Written by Investigation Discovery Publicity

  • Sulfuric

    Sulfuric (2013)
    Film (Short, Horror and Thriller) Editorial department Jennifer returns home to find her roommate unconscious. After reviving her, it becomes apparent that something is occurring inside their apartment. Something awful.

  • My Shopping Addiction

    My Shopping Addiction (2012)
    Television (Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew Features shoppers who love the thrill of finding that perfect dress, beautiful décor item or fabulous piece of jewelry. But what happens when the high of the buy becomes an addiction and obsession, and causes their finances, and their lives, to start spinning out of control? Written by Oxygen

  • Fashion King

    Fashion King (2012)
    Television (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Add a Plot »

  • Girls Against Boys

    Girls Against Boys (2012)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew After a series of bad experiences with men, Shae teams up with her co-worker, Lu, who has a simple, deadly way of dealing with the opposite sex.

  • Duplicate

    Duplicate (2012)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Writer Add a Plot »

  • NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes

    NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes (2012)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Election specials that will educate, activate and entertain viewers while shining a spotlight on the state of national politics through an LGBT lens.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    Film (Action and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. Written by WellardRockard

  • The Dictator

    The Dictator (2012)
    Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by an eccentric and oppressive leader named Hafez Aladeen. Aladeen is summoned to New York to a UN assembly to address concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program, but the trip goes awry. Written by Sam

  • Men in Black 3

    Men in Black 3 (2012)
    Film (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew After breaking out of a moon-based maximum security prison, Boris the Animal decides to go back in time and eliminate the person who arrested him - Agent K. When he does so, Agent J realizes that the time line has been changed and he too travels back to July 15, 1969, the day before Agent K is killed. After overcoming some disbelief, J manages to convince K and others of just who he is and why he's there. With the help of a being who can see all time lines, they track Boris down. J also learns a secret, something K had never told him. Written by garykmcd

  • Fortitude

    Fortitude (2012)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer A man faces a unique problem, one which would define him if not for the aide of a thoughtful psychiatrist.

  • Going Down

    Going Down (2011)
    Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Drama) Writer Two hitmen and an elderly woman in an elevator together. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Nemo Nisi Mors

    Nemo Nisi Mors (2011)
    Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department NEMO NISI MORS is a poetic story capturing an elderly couple getting ready to take one last journey together. What seems like any ordinary day for married couple Christine and John, slowly turns into a day of remembering the past, their passion for work, and most importantly, their love for each other as they make the decision to be together till the very end. Written by Anonymous

  • Until the End of the World

    Until the End of the World (2010)
    Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Sensing that his time is short, Henry honors a pledge he made to a long lost love.

  • Waves

    Waves (2010)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Obelisk Road

    Obelisk Road (2009)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and 2 More) Camera and Electrical Department Two friends seek solace in the supernatural only to find themselves lost in a world they will not easily escape.

  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2009)
    Television (Family and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew A family that has faced hardship has their dilapidated house completely rebuilt while they are away on vacation for a week. While early episodes renovated houses, the usual approach is to tear down the house on the first day and build a brand new, usually much larger, one, fully furnished. The houses are customized to the families, with rooms reflecting the interests of, especially, the children, and special technology for any unusual medical conditions. Host Ty Pennington usually has a "secret" project which is only revealed when the family sees it. The construction is accomplished with the help of a large army of blue-shirted volunteers and a wide array of sponsor-donated products and services. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

  • The End of the Line

    The End of the Line (2007)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Writer Add a Plot »

  • Glacier Bay

    Glacier Bay (2006)
    Film (Short) Miscellaneous Crew At a party following a grand-nephew's Confirmation, ARTIE and CONNIE find a quiet table off to the side to eat their cocktail appetizers. They are both elderly, and Artie is deep in the throes of Alzheimer's. The two grouse and bicker as old married couples will, and the conversation takes many comical and absurd turns as Connie struggles to make sense of Artie's foggy pronouncements. But the comedy is always shadowed by the grim presence of Artie's illness, and the memories of happier times that will never be again. And when niece JILL reveals a crucial bit of forgotten information, Connie is left to ponder the darkness of her own future. Written by Anonymous


  • New York University (New York, NY)

  • NYU - Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Film and Television (New York, NY)

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