Ryan Film Institute

Ryan Film Institute We offer Teen Filmmakers' Workshop classes featuring hands-on filmmaking and photography at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. We encourage students to apply for scholarships, and we stage dinner theatre productions like "Dinner with Dracula" to benefit students requesting scholarships to attend our Teen Filmmakers' Workshop.

This June will mark our 8th annual Teen Filmmakers' Workshop that features in-studio and on-location classes with lecturers working in the TV, Video, Photography and Film industries. Students grip gear, and develop creative concepts in a nurturing setting. RFI grew out of market research into successful U.S. Arts programs which was conducted by Katherine Walsh Ryan, the Institute's Founder and President. At the time, she was studying a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership degree program at Mountain State University. Mrs. Ryan teamed up with Broadcast Journalism high school teacher Ms. Marianne Tomasic to develop original curriculum. Workshops began with a one-week course in introductory filmmaking. The program has grown to include Creating TV / Web Ads, Shooting Digital Photography, plus Filmmaking & Documentaries. Workshops are held at Shepherd University. Students with financial need are encouraged to apply for a Scholarship, available through the WV Film Office's generous support, and the Daniel A. Ryan Scholarship.

This June will mark our 8th annual Teen Filmmakers' Workshop that features in-studio and on-location classes with lecturers working in the TV, Video, Photography and Film industries. Students grip gear, and develop creative concepts in a nurturing setting. RFI grew out of market research into successful U.S. Arts programs which was conducted by Katherine Walsh Ryan, the Institute's Founder and President. At the time, she was studying a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership degree program at Mountain State University. Mrs. Ryan teamed up with Broadcast Journalism high school teacher Ms. Marianne Tomasic to develop original curriculum. Workshops began with a one-week course in introductory filmmaking. The program has grown to include Creating TV / Web Ads, Shooting Digital Photography, plus Filmmaking & Documentaries. Workshops are held at Shepherd University. Students with financial need are encouraged to apply for a Scholarship, available through the WV Film Office's generous support, and the Daniel A. Ryan Scholarship.

Mission: Mission Statement: The Mission of Ryan Film Institute is to serve youth in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia through: 1. Teaching Arts programs within the realm of filmmaking, photography, and theatrical productions; 2. Showcasing their work at a community film festival, exhibiting photographs at a public venue, and displaying other artistic and theatrical endeavors for the community’s enjoyment. Vision Statement: The Vision of Ryan Film Institute is to offer the Eastern Panhandle's premier Arts Education Program that ignites teens' interest in The Arts, specifically filmmaking, photography, and theatre; and expands their scholastic pursuits and employment opportunities. Values Statement: Ryan Film Institute welcomes teens from throughout the region regardless of creed, racial, ethnic or socio-economic background or national origin; teaches workshops at an ADA-accessible facility; and offers workshops with state-of-the-art equipment taught by instructors with expertise in the Arts who embrace life-long learning.

Operating as usual

07/31/2019
07/31/2019
Please call Gov. Jim Justice’s office to support House Bill 2941- Restore WV Film Industry Investment Act. Call 304.558....
02/20/2019

Please call Gov. Jim Justice’s office to support House Bill 2941- Restore WV Film Industry Investment Act. Call 304.558.2000 before February 23 or the bill dies on the 24th.

We ask former Ryan Film Institute (RFI) students, parents, teachers, board members, and dinner theatre fundraiser supporters to speak up about value of filmmaking in West Virginia! WV Film Office helped fund our Teen Filmmakers’ Workshop student scholarships. With demise of WVFO and Film Tax Credits, we were forced to close RFI.

However, now we have an opportunity to call Gov. Justice and ask him to support House Bill 2941- reinstatement of WV Film Industry and Tax Investment Act! Our WV youth deserve opportunities to learn from TV/Film/Video industry professionals who need your help to get back to work. Gov. Justice’s office phone is 304.558.2000. Thank you!

P.S. Just heard that negative forces in Charleston are attempting to kill this bill while in committee and prevent it from getting on the docket to be read and voted on during this session. They want to KILL WV Filmmaking. Please call and make sure it is voted on this session!!!

10/02/2018

Greetings friends of RFI!
When WV Legislators voted to shutter WV Film Office in 2017, and eliminate Tax Credits this year, we lost our funding and they killed our industry. Sadly, we were forced to discontinue Teen Filmmakers’ Workshop.

However, I am now teaching Broadcast Journalism at Washington High School, Charles Town, WV! I am very excited about this opportunity in a brand-new setting where I am able to train students with a passion for TV, Video, Film and Journalism!

We are still cleaning out broken and obsolete equipment to make way for new gear (prosumer HD video cameras, LED lights, boom and lavolier mics, etc.) so donations of everything from video gear with SD cards, MacBook Pro laptops, to Craft Services equipment like a fridge, microwave, etc. would be most welcome and very appreciated!

Premieres Sept. 19 & 20 at Opera House
09/16/2015

Premieres Sept. 19 & 20 at Opera House

Premieres Sept. 19 & 20 at Opera House

On behalf of Cast & Crew of Rainbow Bridge, we are very excited to have our short film chosen as one of eleven Official ...
09/16/2015

On behalf of Cast & Crew of Rainbow Bridge, we are very excited to have our short film chosen as one of eleven Official Selections at the now international Cut to the Chase Film Festival, with filmmakers from France and Australia lending a cosmopolitan air to our home-grown film fest, here in Shepherdstown, WV

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09/16/2015

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Until our new website is online, please Email Mrs. Ryan for details at kwryan@me.com, or call her at 304.283.8878. Thank...
06/10/2014

Until our new website is online, please Email Mrs. Ryan for details at [email protected], or call her at 304.283.8878. Thank you! Registration, Consent, and Scholarship forms will be Emailed to you.

05/19/2014

Still in the process of updating/rewriting/redesigning our website that was hijacked by a company in Belarus! Add a hyphen to the name and keep on rolling!

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05/19/2014

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04/27/2014

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You'll be quizzed on these films this summer!
04/02/2014
How Did He Do This?

You'll be quizzed on these films this summer!

This is absolutely fantastic!

Sets are both fun and dangerous at times!
03/23/2014
Fatal Accident Fuels Safety Concerns On Hollywood's Sets

Sets are both fun and dangerous at times!

On Feb. 20, Sarah Jones was killed in an accident on the set of the film Midnight Rider. But Jones wasn't a stuntwoman who might expect to face a high degree of danger — she was a camera assistant.

03/03/2014

We are watching The Academy Awards! Hope your favorite stars and movies win!

Have you seen this award-winning, indie feature film, produced in the Eastern Panhandle of WV? Katherine Walsh Ryan has ...
12/04/2013

Have you seen this award-winning, indie feature film, produced in the Eastern Panhandle of WV? Katherine Walsh Ryan has a small speaking part as Councilwoman Helen Morgan, and served as Associate Producer for Director Mie Smith, and DP SunJae Smith.

Happy Holidays! Ai Means Love is now playing on Vimeo! Rent or Buy the film for a fun family movie night today! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aimeanslove

10/27/2013

Special thanks to Dinner with Dracula & Vampire's Ball cast, and crew: Rachel Krantz, Nylah Bannister, Riley Bannister, Brandi Bannister, Devin M. McDonald, Cheri George, Ann Alter, Corbin Franklin, Keegan Grove, Shelley Nichols, Marianne Tomasic, Sabryn Franklin, Anthony Brooks, Kandi Howland and headliners Ameraic Magic, Philip J.A. Ryan, Katherine Walsh Ryan, and behind-the-scene helpers Elliott Ryan and Arthur Ebeling!

Don't be stuck in the black hole of "free entertainment" on Saturday night, check out our 8th Annual Dinner with Dracula...
10/22/2013
Ryan Film Institute

Don't be stuck in the black hole of "free entertainment" on Saturday night, check out our 8th Annual Dinner with Dracula & Vampire's Ball!

We raised funds for student scholarships and equipment fund from 2007-2013 by producing theatrical productions and special events that stole the show! We put the FUN back into FUNdraising.

Saturday, October 26 @ 6:30 p.m The Bavarian Inn, Schwarzwald Haus
10/03/2013

Saturday, October 26 @ 6:30 p.m The Bavarian Inn, Schwarzwald Haus

Saturday, October 26 @ 6:30 p.m The Bavarian Inn, Schwarzwald Haus

10/02/2013

Check out short films during the Shepherdstown Film Festival this weekend, Oct. 4/5, 7 p.m. at Opera House LIVE! Ryan Film Institute will be showing best student films from our workshops. I have an entry, "Stinky Little Buggers" a horror genre film just wrapped, made especially for this film challenge-festival! Come out and vote for our entry!
https://www.facebook.com/events/588940124485455/

09/11/2013

We're lining up characters to entertain Count and Countess and their guests at Dinner with Dracula & Vampire's Ball!

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09/11/2013

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09/10/2013

A Program Ad for Dinner with Dracula & Vampire's Ball helps our Student Scholarship program. Please submit by Oct. 9, and purchase tix by Oct. 18.

Ryan Film Institute's cover photo
09/10/2013

Ryan Film Institute's cover photo

08/17/2013

Be sure to enter your latest and greatest work by Wed. Aug. 21!

07/05/2013

Heard from a Mom in Berkeley Springs who might want to car pool for next two weeks of Teen Filmmakers' Workshops - Creating Web/TV Ads (July 8~12), and Introducing Short Films (July 15~19). We'll be having fun in and around Shepherdstown! www.RyanFilmInstitute.org

07/05/2013

Be sure to register now, Teen Filmmakers' Workshop run Monday! (PayPal available online at www.RyanFilmInstitute.org!

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07/05/2013

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06/12/2013
The Screenwriting Challenge 2013

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The Screenwriting Challenge is a competition that challenges writers to create short screenplays in as little as 24 hours based on a genre, subject, and character assignment.

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Shepherdstown, WV
25443-0359

General information

2014 Workshop dates: June 23 ~ 27 Creating TV / Web Ads *$175 / $200 July 7 ~ 11 Introducing Short Films *$185 / $210 July 7 ~ 18 Filmmaking & Documentaries *$345 / $370 Price with *asterisk represents registering for multiple workshops, two students registering together, or registering by May 15, 2014. Teen Filmmakers’ Workshop is held Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

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