From interview [BSC, 2011]

 

   


ROBBIE RYAN   BSC/ISC

 

Born: c. 1970, Dublin, Ireland.

Education: Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design [DLCAD] [now Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology/Institiúid Ealaine, Deartha & Teicneolaíochta Dhún Laoghaire] [Graduated in 1993.].

Career: Decided to become a cinematographer at the age of 14 when he, his friends and his cousins commandeered one of his father's KODAK s8 cameras and started making short films. A college course in cinematography in Dun Laoghaire's CAD fuelled that passion. Finishing his college course, he left Ireland following the realization that 'people in London would pay me for making short films which I had been doing for free in Ireland'.

Ph commercials and music videos.

Ph web series for the 'funny or die' website dir by Simon O'Neill [2007; 'Possessive Boyfriend 1' (1m10s), 'Possessive Boyfriend 2 (The Brooch)' (1m08s) & 'Possessive Boyfriend 3 (A Walk by the Canal)' (1m24s)].

Awards: IFTA 'Best Cinematography' Award nom [2007] for 'Isolation'; BIFA 'Best Technical Achievement' nom [2009] for 'Fish Tank'; Camerimage 'Bronze Frog Award' [2011], Venice FF 'Golden Osella' Outstanding Technical Contribution [2011], Valladolid IFF 'Best Director of Photography' [2011], IFTA 'Best Director of Photography' Award nom [2012] & London Film Museum Award for Technical Achievement [2012] for 'Wuthering Heights'.

Website: Robbie Ryan


 

 FILMS AT THE DLCAD

1991

Eleven Stories [Alison Toomey; short] storyboard; ph: Conor O'Mahony

1992

Heaven Only Knows [Liam Regan; short] co-lighting; ph: Neal Boyle

1992

M.A.N. - Matrix Adjusted Normal [Conor O'Mahony; short] storyboard (+ music); ph: Mick Mahon & Liam Regan

1992

Mind's Eye [Paul Giles; short] focus puller (+ storyboard); ph: Lee Rooney & Maurice Sweeney

1992

The Last Word [Lee Rooney; short] c.asst; ph: Mick Mahon

1993

Undertow [Conor O'Donnell] 16mm/c; short/12m

1993

The Twenty Second Plastic Love Affair [Robbie Ryan] 16mm/b&w; short/13m; ph: Liam McGrath; + scrpl/music/ed

1993

Faith [Martina Durac] 16mm/c; short/15m; cph: Liam McGrath

1993

War [Gerard Mayock; short] c.op; ph: G. Mayock

1993

Changelings [Dee Armstrong] 16mm/b&w-c; short/15m; cph: Gerard Mayock

 

 FEATURE FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES [>60m]

1996

How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate [Graham Jones] 16mm-35bu/b&w

2000

Large [Justin Edgar] 16mm-35bu/c; 2uc: Zac Nicholson & Hugh Fairs; uwph: Mark Silk & H. Fairs

2001

This Is Not a Love Song [Bille Eltringham] 16mm-35bu/c

2004

Isolation/The Calf [Billy O'Brien] s35/c; filmed 2004-05

2005

Mischief Night [Penny Woolcock] c; 2uc: Simon Vickery

2005

Red Road [Andrea Arnold] HD (Sony HDW-750P)-to-35mm/c

2006

Brick Lane [Sarah Gavron] s35/c; addph: David Katznelson

2007

Carmo [Murilo Pasta] s16-35bu/c

2008

Fish Tank [Andrea Arnold] c

2008

The Scouting Book for Boys [Tom Harper] ts/c

2009

Patagonia [Marc Evans] 16mm/c

2009

I Am Slave [Gabriel Range] ts/c; filmed 2009-10

2010

Wuthering Heights [Andrea Arnold] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2011

The Angels' Share [Ken Loach] s35-to-digital (1.85:1)/c; 2nd cam: Barry Ackroyd & Alastair Rae

2011

The Summit [Nick Ryan] c; doc/100m; aph (HD): Stephen O'Reilly & Mike Wright

2012

Ginger & Rosa/Bomb [Sally Potter] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope/c

2012

The Last Days on Mars/The Animator [Ruairi Robinson] p (+ D-Cinema)/c

2012

Philomena [Stephen Frears] HD (ARRI ALEXA)+s8+16mm-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; filmed 2012-13

2013

Catch Me Daddy [Daniel Wolfe] ts/c; addph: Jenna Mills

2013

Jimmy's Hall [Ken Loach] 35mm-to-D-Cinema/c

2013

Slow West [John Maclean] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-D-Cinema/c

2014

Long Distance Information [Paul Duane] pre-production

2015

I Am Not a Serial Killer [Billy O'Brien] s16-to-digital/c

2015

American Honey [Andrea Arnold] HD (ARRI ALEXA)+35mm-to-digital/c

2015

I, Daniel Blake [Ken Loach] 35mm-to-digital/c

2016

Yeh Din Ka Kissa/The Meyerowitz Stories [Noah Baumbach] c

2016

Best Before Death [Paul Duane] c; doc/?m

 

 SHORT FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES [<60m]

1996

Mercy [Liam Regan] 16mm/c; short/26m; prod DLCAD

1998

Retribution in the Year 2050 [Brendan Muldowney] c; short/18m

1998

Patterns [Kirsten Sheridan] 16mm-35bu/c; short/19m; prod DLCAD

1998

The Farmer's Wife [Robert Taylor] c; short/17m

1998

The Wind [Billy O'Brien & Alan Friel] c; short/3m

1999

Forty Below [Clare Langan] 16mm-to-DVD/c; exp short/5m; cph: C. Langan; 1st part of trilogy

1999

New Dawn [Simone Horrocks] c; short/?m; comm by the Edinburgh IFF; also part of 'Edinburgh Bytes' (2000; 16m)

1999

Random Nights [Tinge Krishnan] c; short/3m; also part of 'Edinburgh Bytes' (2000; 16m)

1999

7th Heaven [Shimmy Marcus] c; short/10m

1999

Holy Hijacker: Seeking the Third Secret of Fatima [Colum Stapleton] c; doc/53m

1999

Blessed Fruit [Orla Walsh] c; short/16m; also ep of Channel 4 tv-series 'Shooting Gallery'

1999

Sniffers [Murilo Pasta] b&w; short/4m

1999

The Tale of the Rat That Wrote [Billy O'Brien] 16mm/b&w-c; short/15m; 2uc: Darran Tiernan

1999

Short [Imogen Murphy] 16mm/b&w; short/10m

2000

Snøw [Alan Friel] c; short/4m

2000

Are We Alone? [Nick Ryan] c; short/3m; comm by Adobe Software

2000

The Black Suit [Frank Berry] b&w; short/20m 

2000

Mule. [John Hardwick] c; short/14m

2000

Shadowscan [Tinge Krishnan] scope/c; short/12m

2001

Too Dark for Night [Clare Langan] s16-to-DVD/c; exp short/11m; cph: C. Langan; + co-scrpl; 2nd part of trilogy

2001

Landmark [James Gibson] scope/c; short/10m

2001

Ivor the Insomniac [Shimmy Marcus] c; short/4m

2001

Life in the Fast Lane [Orla Walsh] 16mm/c; short/25m

2001

Robertson Major [Nell Greenwood] c; short/13m

2002

Glass Hour/Volcanic Winter [Clare Langan] 16mm-to-DVD/c; exp short/10m; cph: C. Langan; 3rd part of trilogy

2002

LSD '73!/Seachto Tri [Paul Duane] c; short/15m

2003

Wasp [Andrea Arnold] 16mm-35bu/c; short/25m

2004

Knitting a Love Song [Annie Watson] s16/c; short/14m

2005

Toz/Dust [H. Fatih Kizilgok] s16-35bu/c; short/14m

2005

At Debt's Door [Kelly McErlean] b&w; short/12m

2005

Antonio's Breakfast [Daniel Mulloy] c; short/16m

2005

What Goes Up Must Come Down [Adam Smith] 16mm/c short/9m; addph: John Watters; promo for hip-hop band 'North of Ping Pong'

2005

Tube Poker [Simon Levene] c; short/15m

2005

Cubs [Tom Harper] HD (ARRI D-20)-to-? (scope)/c; short/10m

2006

Metamorphosis [Clare Langan] s16-to-DVD/c; exp short/9m; cph: C. Langan

 

"The Silent City"

 

2006

The Silent City/The Leveller [Ruairí Robinson] scope/c; short/7m

2006

The Jerk [Simon O'Neill] ?; short/?m

2007

Son [Daniel Mulloy] c; short/17m

2007

The Flooded Rooms [Clare Langan] s16-to-DVD/c; exp short/4m; cph: C. Langan

2007

I Gaer [Clare Langan] HD (high speed)-to-DVD/c; exp short (3-screen projection)/6m; comm by ICA for Becks' Fusions

2007

Showtime! [Simon O'Neill] c; short/4m

2007

The German [Nick Ryan] p/c; short/10m; aph: Adrian Warren; hph: James Mather

2008

The Ice Above, the Fire Below [Clare Langan] HD-to-DVD/c; 3-screen installation/8m

2008

Night School [Ben Soper] RED-to-?/c; short/11m; ep film series 'Shortcuts'

2008

Uncle Bill's Barrel [Eoin Ryan] scope/c; short/10m

2008

Coppers [Simon O'Neill] c; short/10m

2008

Twins [Simon O'Neill] c; short/6m

2009

Dating Don'ts [Simon O'Neill] c; short/4m

2009

GirlLikeMe [Rowland Jobson] s16-35bu/c; short/14m; add cam: Sara Deane

2009

XXX [Marie Lanna] c; exp dance film/4m

2010

The Lost Explorer [Tim Walker] c; short/20m

2010

For the First Time [Charles Mehling] c; short/16m; a music video for rock band 'The Script' (5m) was edited from this footage

2010

Pitch Black Heist [John Mclean] b&w; short/13m

2010

Ghost in the Machine [Oliver Krimpas] p/c; short/19m

2011

Roflmao [Simon O'Neill] c; short/20m

2011

The Kármán Line [Oscar Sharp] RED Epic/c; short/24m

2012

State of Suspension/Sigur Rós Mystery Film Experiment - no. 13 - Varðeldur [Clare Langan] HD (Phantom HD)-to-DVD/c; exp dance film/7m

2012

Time to Dance [Daniel Wolfe] s16/c; short/9m; promo for electro-pop band 'The Shoes'

2012

Tell me about yourself [Simon O'Neill] iPhone 4S (0.75:1)/c; short/7m

2013

Sophie at the Races [Alan Friel] 16mm/c; short/17m

2013

The Magi/The Gift of the Magi [Charles Mehling] c; short/20m

2014

Iron Sky [Daniel Wolfe] ts/c; mus short (a: Paolo Nutini)/c

2014

Open Mic [Simon O'Neill] c; short/12m

2014

Amishi [Malinda Kaur] c; short/7m

2015

Little Soldier [Stella Corradi] s16/c; short/15m

2015

Drop the Hand [Simon O'Neill] 16mm/c; short/10m

2015

The Sticks [Jamie Delaney & Russell Davidson] c; short/9m

2016

The Door [Vika Evdokimenko] c; short/18m

2016

Cake [Alan Friel] scope/b&w; short/6m

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1994

The Connivers [David Caffrey; short] c.asst; ph: James Mather or Owen McPolin

1995

The Bench [Kirsten Sheridan; short] c.op; ph: James Mather

1995

James Gandon - A Life [Sé Merry Doyle; tv-dram doc] co-rostrum ph; ph: John T. Davis

1996

Alaska [Michael West; short] co-focus puller; ph: Peter Robertson

1996

Pteranodon [Bill Murphy; short] focus puller; ph: Neal Boyle

1996

Summertime [Eve Morrison; short] co-c.op; ph: James Mather

1996

The Last Bus Home [Johnny Gogan] c.op; ph: James Mather

1997

Niamh and the Angels [John O'Brien; short] co-loader; ph: ?

1997

Brood [Frankie McCafferty; short] rostrum ph; ph: P.J. Dillon

1997

My Dinner with Oswald [Paul Duane; short] c.op; ph: James Mather

1998

Alive-Alive-O! [Sé Merry Doyle; tv-doc] co-c.asst; ph: Donal Gilligan

2000

Floodlight [Clare Langan; exp short/art installation] c.asst; ph: Brian McHugh