Ryan Blitzer, strives to create productions that are both relatable and realistic, allowing those who see them to learn and grow individually through the stories on the screen.
Blitzer has produced numerous works while at SMU, both academically and professionally. His film expertise led him to create promotional videos for organizations across campus such as Residence Life and Student Housing (RLSH), the Mustang Band, and the Community Engagement & Leadership office. Additionally, he wrote, directed, and edited award-winning short film, “Reveal,” an 8-minute story of a college student revealing his sexual orientation and discovering the true meaning of friendship. “Reveal” was an official selection of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, as well as the recipient of an Award of Merit from the IndieFest virtual film festival. Aside from his own productions, Blitzer has also served as Director of Photography for SMU student Scott Bolton’s “Exciting Times,” and Parker Smitherman’s “Lucky,” comedy shorts that showed at the Dallas International Film Festival, and the First Assistant Director, Production Sound Mixer, Gaffer and Editor for various other SMU student films.
Blitzer’s experience in high school led him to pursue two Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and advertising at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. SMU awarded Blitzer the Hunt Leadership and the Meadows School of the Arts scholarships, which are merit-based scholarships that allow Blitzer to pursue his education while further developing his leadership and filmmaking skills. In 2014, Blitzer became the first student to enter the 4+1 program to obtain a Master’s Degree in Popular Film and Media Studies, which he will complete early in 2017.
When not working with film and advertising, Blitzer works as a Resident Assistant in SMU’s Armstrong Commons, where he manages 34 first- and second-year students, performs administrative tasks such as on-call duties and enforcing RLSH policies, and plans commons-wide programming. His position as a Resident Assistant gave Blitzer the opportunity to join the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) in 2014, as the Director of Service for an organization exclusively run by the top 1 percent of student leaders living on campus.