Actor/director Ryan Kruger visited SAE Liverpool to deliver a masterclass to Film students in September last year. For those who weren’t able to attend, Ryan kindly spoke to us and gave us some pointers for students looking to forge a career as a successful director or producer.
What are Ryan's day-to-day responsibilities and duties?
Ryan writes, produces and directs, so a day-to-day basis for him would be heading into pre-production before shooting, organising locations actors permits, doing a gear check at studios, so they are ready for the big day.
How did Ryan get his current role?
Ryan said: "I’ve been very lucky that I made it on my own and created work for myself, it’s about getting content behind your name. Shoot as much as you can, you will always learn more being on set and doing it - there is no better experience than this."
What are some challenges he has faced in his career and how has he overcome them?
Ryan said: "Budgets are always a pain, and if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s making small budgets look like big budgets. You do it by being clever how you shoot things and when you shoot things and saving money in certain areas."
Ryan's top tips include, don’t shoot at night because you need lights, shoot during the day outside and then all you need is poly board and scrims to reflect light. Shoot magic hour for the best light is sunrise and sundown. Also, use minimal locations so you don’t waste time traveling in-between as it’s going to eat up your time.
What professional advice would Ryan give his younger self?
He would tell his younger self to go to film school earlier and get a crew together to shoot stuff in school and outside of school.
What's the most important thing SAE students can do to ensure they are industry-ready by the time they graduate?
Ryan said: "Shoot as much as you can in and outside of film school - make time to do this, build relationships with gear houses as you are going to need them!"
Any other advice Ryan would give about forging a career in the creative industries?
Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up. Ryan said: "If any students want to chat to me and ask any questions please contact me on Facebook."
Read the write-up of Ryan’s September masterclass here.
Note: SAE Industry Insight is an interview feature where we talk to people working within the creative industries about their roles and how they got there, with the intention of providing SAE students with career advice. The people we interview are not necessarily affiliated with SAE in any way.