Filmmaker and Underwater Film Specialist

L: Directing branded content for Crestron Electronics
R: Safety diving on the feature film Driveways

I am a New York City native filmmaker and actor. I've appeared on HBO, NBC, ESPN, and in various independent films as a recurring guest star and character actor. My short film, Venice Love Story, was a selection at LA Comedy Shorts and distributed in Urban Outfitters around the country as part of their Potty Mouth Film Festival in a Box. I co-founded Temple Horses, a video sketch group that was a regular feature on the front page of Funny or Die, as well as the Audience Award winner for the Best Comedy Short award at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. I am a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

As an underwater crew member, I am a certified SCUBA Instructor with SDI, and a Dive Emergency Management Provider with DAN. I have been diving for twenty years and am trained to supervise people trying SCUBA for the first time. Whether you need me on set to help talent get comfortable in the water or shoot a submerged shot, I am qualified to make sure your water day goes safely and smoothly.

No matter what role I have on the production, I just love being on set.

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Focused Direction with in depth Pre-Visualization

Over the last ten years I have written, directed, edited and produced a wide variety of digital content including: award-winning comedy short films (one of which garnered over 10 million views on Facebook), short and long form documentaries, stand-up comedy hour specials, and new media ad campaigns. 

I have written and directed content that featured Grammy-winning artist John Legend, Emmy-winning journalist Katie Couric as well as nationally touring comedians Chuck Nice, Greer Barnes, and the comedy duo Sorry About Last Night which produces the hit relationship podcast "Guys We F**ked".  

Safety on Set. Safety in the Water.

Lots of people SCUBA dive. Very few are dive professionals. I am a dive professional that understands set lingo with two decades of experience both on set and as a SCUBA diver. If you need a submerged shot, you need someone who will not slow down the production, and make sure you keep everyone safe on set. I understand walkie etiquette, production call sheets and start paperwork. 

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Tell me a little bit about your project. I will get back to you as soon as I can with some ideas of how we can make your story shine.

Ryan E. Hoffman


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