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About Me

Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Cho (I 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, production assistant, etc.) as well. On occasion, I also work at other positions (editor, videographer, camera assistant, etc.) to learn all aspects of filmmaking. I mostly work on television shows, music videos and feature films but also work on short films, web series, commercials, events, brand content, documentaries, etc. as well. My wide variety of working on different mediums of filmmaking allows me to evolve as a storyteller. 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). My content ranges from music videos, events, documentary short subjects, fitness videos, etc. Even though I solely transitioned to directing in the past couple years, I edit on occasion when a compelling project+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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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 and songwriter Stan Bush. I was the assistant director.

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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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Mental Health Matters Day

"Mental Health Matters Day" was a mental health event+festival on May 24, 2017 at the California State Capitol. The purpose of the event was to decrease the stigma around mental illnesses, have speakers and entertainers share their mental health stories, promote mental health organizations in California, etc. The event was organized by the mental health organization "Mental Health America of California" and featured actor Richard Dreyfuss as a speaker. I was the director, videographer and editor.

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Mayor of Fitness: Marin Headlands Workout

Here is a fitness video that I made with the San Francisco blogger and personal trainer "Mayor of Fitness". The purpose of the video is to show who the "Mayor of Fitness" is and to show that exercising can be done outside. I was the director, editor and videographer.

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Finding your Motivation

Here is a video that I was a director, editor and videographer for. It is a motivational video composed of 4 people (including myself), hiking up the peak while having their voiceovers (via motivational speaking) throughout the video.

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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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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.

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De'Aaron Fox Gets Surprised by Zombies While Playing Resident Evil 2

Basketball player De’Aaron Fox originally thought that he was just testing out the new video game Resident Evil 2, then actors in zombie make up came to scare him. The video also shows other video game testers being scared by actors as well. I was involved in this project in the production department.

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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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Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef

"Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef" was one of the TV specials for Discovery's "Shark Week". The project involved Mike Tyson training before heading to the shark location, being with the sharks, etc. I was involved in the production department.

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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, 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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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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"La La Land" Tribute

This is a tribute that I edited for one of my favorite feature films, "La La Land".

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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 together, 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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