LONG-FORM DOCUMENTARIES TRAILERS + SIZZLES COMMERCIAL + SOCIAL
THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD TRAILER DINKY PICTURES // EDITOR One of my best edits ever, this trailer is for a feature-length verite documentary about American students studying abroad and struggling against unfamiliar cultures and educational systems.
DON'T BE A DICK ABOUT IT TRAILER WHITELIST // EDITOR One of my favorite edits ever, this trailer is for a feature-length documentary about two brothers overcoming their personal struggles and also being dicks to each other whenever possible.
I WROTE THIS FOR YOU TRAILER INDEPENDENT FILM // EDITOR Trailer for a feature-length narrative indie film about a young man trying to overcome a difficult breakup whilst enduring a series of psychotic episodes and unfortunate events.
GOING VIRAL SIZZLE INDEPENDENT SERIES // DIRECTOR + EDITOR High-energy Sizzle for an original series about the history of Internet celebrity and its relevance to the real world.
THEY CALL US MONSTERS TRAILER INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY // EDITOR Trailer for a feature-length documentary about kids and teenagers facing lifetime sentences in prison for violent crimes they committed under the age of eighteen.
THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD SIZZLE DINKY PICTURES // EDITOR One of my best edits ever, this sizzle is for a feature-length documentary about American students abroad. The goal of the edit was to show the film's potential and help secure additional funding.
HYPE AND INFLUENCE: DRAG CULTURE VIACOM // ADDITIONAL EDITOR Short verite documentary about three drag queens, the history of drag, and the recent rise of drag into the mainstream. The film is part of a larger series from Viacom about culture.
ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS // ASSISTANT EDITOR Feature-length documentary about women on both sides of the abortion debate in the United States. I worked as one of five editors cutting scenes together on tight deadlines.
HOUSING THE SICKEST HOMELESS THE ATLANTIC // ADDITIONAL EDITOR + CAMERA Short verite documentary about homelessness in Los Angeles and one man's work towards housing the most at-risk group, "The Hollywood 14".
A STUDIO VISIT WITH WAYNE THIEBAUD CHRISTIES // EDITOR + DIRECTOR + CAMERA Short portrait documentary about the life, work, and philosophies of Wayne Thiebaud, an artist who became famous for his "pop" art in the 1960s.
PARK SEO-BO CHRISTIES // EDITOR + DIRECTOR + CAMERA Short portrait documentary about the life, work, and philosophies of Park Seo-Bo, the father or Korean modern art. I shot and edited the piece on an extended stay in South Korea.
LAKHWINDER SIKH LENS // EDITOR + CAMERA Heavy documentary about a secret Indian genocide and an organization's efforts to capture previously unrecorded stories from "the decade of disappearances".
WELL CUT DRUM SOLO @WILDWILDWESTRA // EDITOR Editing is all about rhythm. So is drumming. Why not put them together?
GETTING TO PANORAMA PANORAMA MUSIC FESTIVAL // DIRECTOR +CAMERA + EDITOR Short, high-energy piece about people making their way to the New York music festival Panorama.
FASHION ALERT ATTENTION THIS IS A FASHION ALERT INDEPENDENT // EDITOR A friend asked me to cut something out of some unused material leftover from a fashion shoot. This crazy-colorful, high-energy video is what I came up with.
STAND UP 2 CANCER PSA SU2C CANADA + WHITELIST // EDITOR A short PSA televsion spot with stories from ordinary people overcoming their disease with the support of Stand Up 2 Cancer Canada.
SPLASH HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENING TEASER GOLDENVOICE // DIRECTOR + EDITOR Palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs, palm springs.
COACHELLA WEEKEND TWO RECAP DAYDREAM GOLDENVOICE // DIRECTOR + EDITOR My favorite piece from Coachella 2017, this short mixed-media montage captures the roller coaster of this massive festival. It demonstrates my ability to use different editing styles in one video.

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Let's get down to brass tacks. I've been editing since the age of 12 and it shows. I'm well known for delivering powerful edits under tight deadlines and high pressure. With a background in music, my editing is focused on using rhythm in both visuals and audio to create emotion, intrigue and story.

 

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Email: ryangwestra@gmail.com

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Editing my first feature film on floppy-disk (circa 1996)

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