With a collection of half of a dozen Vimeo staff picks, millions of YouTube views and international screening of his works, Ryan has successfully merged his design and technology background with the worlds of music video and commercial production. Raised in St. Louis on MTV, Macintoshes and MYST, Staake’s work explores bold concepts, technologically-innovative production methods and non-traditional viewing experiences. After studying graphic design at RISD, Staake worked for several years as a designer on Apple’s Human Interface Team, contributing to the experience of the iPhone, iPad and MacOS X before departing to pursue film direction and production.
In addition to his directorial pursuits, Staake is a talented VFX artist and frequently puts his skills to work on his films. He has created incredible videos for Clams Casino, Lil Wayne, Diplo, Major Lazor, David Bowie and recently his incredible video, a true story about an artist who didn’t turn up for his shoot went viral across the world, winning various awards including a UKMVA (Video of the Year, Best Editing, Best Urban), MTV VMA (Best Editing), D&AD (Creative Excellence), Creative Circle (Gold – Best Music Promo) and a Silver at the 1.4 Award (Brilliant Filmmaking).