Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Gipson.
Hi Ryan, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
During my childhood, nothing influenced me more than the things on television. Whether it was a simple fifteen-minute cartoon or a two-hour feature, the nuances of the characters and stories never ceased to amaze me. At nine, realizing I wanted to tell stories and create my worlds, I began writing storybooks and comic strips that I still have! After dedicating about a year or so to filling notebooks with doodles and speech bubbles, I was exposed to my cousin’s YouTube channel. Watching him and his peers make skits, and fictional documentaries inspired me beyond measure. It set me on the path I’m on today.
As I studied my cousin’s style of filmmaking and his creative language, I would imitate what he did using my grandparents’ digital camera. Due to not having any editing software and being too anxious to use my cousin’s, this did not last very long. After a few years of making little iPhone skits, vlogs, and whatever else, I finally got an “actual camera” (which isn’t necessary for filmmaking) in 2017. I was set.
So with my entry-level Canon camera, I filmed everything. In 2019 I began filming small local artists. Music videos, interviews, vlogs– things with little to no narrative. Things that do fuel me creatively, but on a small scale. I was driven by money. I gauged my artistic ability and success with money. After two years of this, I was burnt out until I remembered my original passion for storytelling. So, I buckled down and began screenwriting, studied my favorite filmmakers and writers, and became more open to networking and building connections with other artists. Since then, I’ve made some of my best work and met countless like-minded peers.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Before taking my artistry seriously, my biggest obstacle was confidence. “What if no one likes this” “What was I thinking?”, “Is this even art!?” These are questions that I ask myself during every project. But I’m sure many other artists experience this as well. Right?
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a filmmaker. Right now isn’t a good time to narrow down my title, considering I wear nearly every hat during production. My projects “Powerhouse” ( by N.M.L. Hano) and “D.A.R.E.” are two examples where my strengths in filmmaking are showcased most. Interesting composition and eye-catching color. Taking my time with my art could be what sets me apart. In a world where the viewer demands instant gratification. I find peace in taking my time.