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About Me

Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Cho (professionally go by Cho), a filmmaker that's based in Los Angeles. I work as a director+1st assistant director and do production department work (key production assistant, etc.) as well. On occasion, I also work on other positions (editor, videographer, camera assistant, etc.) and act on occasion. I'm primarily focused on television shows, music videos and feature films but also work on short films, web series, events, documentaries, etc. My wide variety of working on different mediums of storytelling allows me to continually evolve as a filmmaker. Having had experiences as a YouTube personality as well (filming, acting, editing, sound mixing, etc.), I'm well rounded in how to tell a good story from being on camera to being behind the camera. Some clientele, production companies and studios that I've worked with are: Netflix, CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN, HGTV, Discovery, National Geographic, Bleacher Report, Black Veil Brides, A24, Stan Bush, Fever, etc. Whether it's directing a music video or being a 1st Assistant Director on a feature film, every project that I work on is a learning experience. Scroll down to check out some of the projects that I've worked on, different ways to contact me, etc.

Freelance Work

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Director+Editor Reel

Here is my director+editor reel (created in Spring 2018), showcasing the projects that I worked on in 2017. My content ranges from music videos, events, documentary short subjects, fitness content, etc. Even though I solely transitioned to directing in the past couple years when it comes to my own personal projects, I edit on occasion when a compelling project and/or client comes along.

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Wish

"Wish" is a music video from the hip-hop artist "Knowa Lazarus", having his daughter (Jeqayla) as a featured singer. I was the director and co-videographer.

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"Girl Lost: A Hollywood Story" - Trailer

"Girl Lost: A Hollywood Story" is a feature film, the sequel to the indie hit "Girl Lost". Had the pleasure to be the 1st assistant director, and also have a small acting role as well.

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Soul Song Paralytic: opening night!

Inspired by the loss of very close friends, "Soul Song Paralytic: grief, death and other favorites" was a musical-visual collaboration exploring grief that brought together the musician Dup Crosson (Saint Solitude) and the visual artist Dara Lorenzo of an evening of art and catharsis. Drawing from and sublimating personal losses into a complete musical album and visual exhibit, the event created a shared public space where mourning and all its facets can be on display with pride. Alongside the debut of Dara's exhibit, Saint Solitude performed as a band for the first time in 5 years, playing the newly released album in its entirety. I was the director, editor and co-videographer.

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The 80's

"The 80's" is a music video from the Emmy award winning rock musician, songwriter and music producer Stan Bush. I was in the production department.

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I CRASHED THE FINAL 2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

The video involves Prince EA (rapper, spoken word artist and civil rights activist) crashing the final 2020 presidential debate, having a discussion on what he will do if he was president. Had the pleasure to be a part of this in the production department as the key set production assistant.

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Born to Fight - Stan Bush | BAKI x Kengan Ashura | Music Video | Netflix Anime

"Born to Fight" is a music video from the rock musician, songwriter and music producer Stan Bush. The project was incorporated with a Netflix Anime television series event. I was the first assistant camera (often working with a director of photography/close colleague of mine (via Red cameras, Arri cameras, Sony cameras, etc.) for the past 2+ years.

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Overcoming Struggles

Here is a short film that I was the director, editor and videographer for. The project is for the fitness startup company "Train Your Body and Mind", based on true stories from both of the actors, creating a message that you can overcome any obstacle if you put your mind to it and have a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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34 Seconds - Trailer

"34 Seconds" is a documentary feature from the Emmy award winning filmmaker Adam Markle. The project is still currently in post-production. I'm involved in this project as the associate producer.

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Black Veil Brides - The Vengeance (Official Music Video)

Here is a music video that I worked on in the production department, for the rock punk band "Black Veil Brides".

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How Lola Glaudini brought her new film to life with the help of Dropbox

This video shows the behind the scenes of a short film that I had the pleasure of working on in the production department. We shot the project in Las Vegas and a few cities in Idaho. The video shows how we used Dropbox in order to make the production run smoothly. Lola Glaudini is an actress from "Criminal Minds", etc. and the short film starred Elizabeth Rodriguez ("Orange Is The New Black").

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Dragoness

Here's a music video that I had the pleasure to work on in the camera department, for the musician YellaCatt.

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When, why, and how to get a REAL ID

This is a commercial for the California DMV. I was in the production department as the key production assistant, being the right hand person to the 1st Assistant Director (DGA member: worked on "Ant-Man and the Wasp", "13 Reasons Why", etc.).

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Guestlist/After Hours

"Guestlist/After Hours" is a music video from the musician, producer and writer Tariq Nasheed for his band "Mink Slide". I was the 1st assistant director.

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Voices of Recovery - San Mateo County

Voices of Recovery - San Mateo County is a non-profit organization that helps people in long term recovery from addiction (drugs, alcohol, etc.), providing recovery groups and establishing a community based on the idea that the most successful path to recovery is through peer to peer support. The documentary short subject covers the structure of what the organization provides through the words of past participants of the program, who have graduated and are working to continue to help others. As a mental health advocate, being involved in this project as an editor was an incredible privilege to be a part of. I was involved in this project as the editor.

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Portfolio

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I Swear I Lived

"I Swear I Lived" is the 2nd project in my mental health story trilogy. The music video/documentary summarizes and tells a big segment of my mental health story, carried by a OneRepublic song. I was the director and editor of the project.

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The Wildflower

Here's a music video that I worked on as an editor and production assistant.

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Archives and Outcries: California’s Unconventional Women Tell their Stories

In 2016, the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University commissioned Flyaway Productions to create a site specific performance. Flyaway Productions is a dance company that explores the range of female physicality and advances social issues in the public realm. 3 performances took place on the northern side of the library at the school. The performance took place in the form of an aerial dance, to commemorate the Center’s 30th anniversary and to celebrate the work of California’s unconventional women. The dance is symbolic of working women who have broken through gender inequality in non-traditional work. This documentary short subject shows some history of the Labor Archives, rehearsal footage from behind the scenes, and the May 3 performance of "Archives and Outcries" in real time. I was a co-editor and camera assistant for this project.

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College Graduation: Farewell

This music video is the final project in my mental health story trilogy. It was meant to be my series finale/farewell of going to college at San Francisco State University. I released the project on Facebook in December 2016. In the description of the video on Facebook, I talked about: My high school/college story (my mental health story essentially), reflecting on my college life/experiences, what I'm going to do with my life (career, where I'll live in the future, etc.), a thank you list, the reason why I made the music video and saying a final goodbye statement in the end. I was the director and picture editor.

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Contact Me

If you're interested in collaborating on a project, discuss a potential project, etc., feel free to message me on this website. I'm also available via email, phone and direct messages on my social media accounts.

Email: ryancho508@gmail.com

Phone #: 408-375-9669

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