Ryan Weeda grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a B.S. In Engineering Physics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. While a student at Westmont he began doing freelance video work and quickly decided that a life working in the fast paced world of physics perhaps wasn’t going to be the best fit for him.
He then attended Chapman University where he received an M.F.A. in Film Production with an Emphasis in Cinematography and was mentored by Bill Dill, ASC. His work at Chapman included shooting numerous short films and working in various crew positions on countless more. He received a nomination for Chapman University’s Cecil Awards for Best Graduate Cinematography for his work on his thesis film, New World Water.