St. John's Confidential File
MSJ: Ryan, what was life like growing up in the south for you? Were you exposed to films, music or what life in
RLM: I actually grew up in
MSJ: Who were some of your favorite film actors and what type of motion pictures excited you most and why?
RLM: One very strong aspect of my style as a filmmaker is romance, so I would have to choose “
MSJ: When did you discover that your passion involved films and possibly being in front of or behind the camera? And what excites you the most and why?
RLM: When I was two and saw “Star Wars” for the first time I knew on a subconscious level that what I was watching was more like a painting than reality and I knew that I wanted to be that kind of a painter. As I grew up the desire to be the “George Lucas” producer/director type of filmmaker was matched by a desire to act because I wanted to master other art forms; I also play the cello and paint in surrealism. I chose to begin my personal sense of identity in the art world as a surrealist oil painter at a very early age (and I never stopped painting) because I considered myself an artist first in the way I would approach any project, and I continue that approach. I don't differentiate a performance as an actor from a painting or a feature film project. Each is an equal work of art and an equally interesting challenge with a unique message to communicate. My favorite aspect of art is the ideal that it can be seen as just another form of communication, yet as potentially the most intelligent, profound, and well thought-out form of communication available to humanity.
MSJ: What kind of challenges have you confronted in trying to be recognized in
RLM: The hardest part is getting focused. I have been having a lot of fun acting, right now I'm going to agencies for representation. I'm also working on a new set of oil paintings that are of perfect ocean waves on a beautiful sunny or moonlit beach which fades out into beautiful colors, like a dream. I also need to balance these projects with wrapping up the editing on my first feature film, Ingrid, which is currently on IMDB, which I wrote and directed during my senior year in college. It came out wonderfully, just the way I wanted it to at around 90 minutes running time. Could acting or painting be a distraction? I'm keen to figure out if one is. I doubt I'll be able to stop either though. I love painting because I am an inherently artistic soul and that is a way to express it even when I am alone. I also love acting because I'm very natural at it and I am a Taoist at heart, which talks about doing what comes naturally: Beauty in nature doesn't work hard to be what it is, it just is. By that rule of life acting should be high on my agenda because I'm natural in the way I take it seriously as an internal art form, and therefore I am always proud of the results. I played a supporting role in my own feature and that result was an indication that I should be branching out with acting. I also went to a respected magnet art high school and majored in acting and took a lot of classes in it, so I understand the craft and methods.
MSJ: Has all the years spent in preparing for a career in film worth it or do you believe that possibly another route might possibly bring about an easier or faster response to what you want as a filmmaker?
RLM: One route I often consider is turning some of my larger film projects, scripts, and concepts into books and publishing them and using success in that area to help leverage the projects as films. In the end, that doesn't seem like a shorter route to success.
MSJ: How have you changed since arriving in
RLM: I have had to grow up fast in many ways here in
MSJ: When you are alone and look at yourself in the mirror what and who do you see?
RLM: I see a warmth that comes from being loved by my family.
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