St. John's Confidential File
Jake Ryan Is Magic When Money Is Involved!
By Michael St. John
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:46:28 PM

HELLO AMERICA!— Hollywood would be nothing without tough and determined executive producers. After all, they are the guys who hustle the money! Jake Ryan is one of those guys and spending time talking with him about his passion, one can easily understand why he is so respected in our business.  He is a man to be remembered.


MSJ: What is it about being the man who has to make the money happen for a film production that excites you ”“ is it the title of being recognized as the Executive Producer?


JR: No, I don't care that much about titles and credits. I get excited about supporting great artists.  Sometimes we can make money doing this, and that excites me too!

Jake Ryan


MSJ: What is the major challenge of taking on the responsibility of getting a film project financially backed? 


JR: The biggest challenge is getting people to hand over the money.  At first, it's an easy sell.  Everyone wants to be involved with a movie, but when it comes down to writing the check, people get scarce.  


MSJ: Since you have not restricted yourself to just working in this country where have you experienced the most positive satisfaction and why?


JR: I just came back from filming a movie in Bogotá Colombia, called "La Luciérnaga" or in English "The Firefly." Colombia, and this film, was a truly magical experience.  I can only hope to be involved with another wonderful project there.  


MSJ: What kind of films, in your opinion, are we looking at in the near future and why?  And is digital technology destroying the concept of story-telling in motion pictures, if so, how?


JR: Well, to your first question, in the near future I think we are going to see the number of films with $100M+ budgets decreasing significantly while films with sub $500k budgets will see tremendous growth.  

As for your second question, digital technology isn't destroying the concept of storytelling. Digital technology is taking part in the evolution of story telling. It's a good thing.  


MSJ: Globally where do you see the production of motion pictures being concentrated based on budget demands and general costs?


JR: Having returned from Colombia, and seen the incredible amount of talented artists and individuals there, I think we will see much more content coming out of Latin America. However, the proliferation of film making will be strong in all emerging economies, including China.  When you have more or less a billion people who more or less speak the same language, it gives films in those languages a chance to become pretty big.  I love Hungary, and Hungarian people, but films in Hungarian just won't be able to catch as many audiences like a film in English, Spanish and Mandarin. 


MSJ: Facing the production realities of coming up with the financing for film projects, has it changed your view on Hollywood and your place in it and why? 


JR: Hollywood is really a general term for the film business.  I see the film business decentralizing from Hollywood (the place) as film making becomes more and more accessible. My place in Hollywood (the business) will change over time and I will try to adapt as best I can. 

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