November 1, 2010
Brunswick News – Local News
By LINDSEY ADKISON
Ryan Blount appears to be shy and polite 17-year-old. He is also an ambitious filmmaker. Ryan's interests were in art and meteorology, until at age 7, when his father gave him a video camera and the desire to be a director began. He was also drawn in by one particular film. "I had watched 'Independence Day.' They had a whole lot bunch of special effects," Ryan said. "I realized that I could entertain people in that way. That's how it started." Blount, a Brunswick High School student who also attend the Golden Isles Career Academy, has already developed films.. The first was "The Fight," followed by "The Streets of San Andreas." His latest and most popular film is "The Misadventures of Ryan and Neco (MRN)."
"At first, I kept my career to myself. Then people started to find my work on YouTube," he said. "The Misadventures" film starred Ryan and his best friend, Neco Trimmings. It told of how two teenagers could have fun on a boring Saturday afternoon. "Now it's kind of embarrassing to watch," Ryan said. The film was well received by others, and it was followed by two sequels: "MRN: Mystery of the Masked Man" and "MRN: Revelations."
"In the Mystery of the Masked Man, Neco is trying to write an 1,000 word action film about a masked man," he said. "MRN: Revelations," his latest film, was recently screened at the Ritz. It deals with a more scientific theme -- human cloning. "I read something about human cloning," he said. "I started writing the script around December and we finished filming around September." He is happy with the results -- for now, he said. "But as I develop and move further along in my career I might look back and wonder 'what was I doing,'" Ryan said with a laugh.
Ryan will enter the film program at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., in the fall of 2011. He plans to absorb as much as he can. Afterward, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of some of his favorite directors, including Martin Scorsese and M. Night Shyamalan. "I'll never stop making films," he said.
When he isn't behind the camera, Ryan is the typical teenager. "I like to draw. That's one of my favorite hobbies," he said. "I like music and to hang out with my friends." He also focuses on giving to others. He's established the Ryan Christopher Blount Scholarship Foundation for gifted students in the area of art and entertainment. The first scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at the Golden Isles Career Academy in the class of 2012.