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Hi I'm Ryan Jeremy Woodward

Grew up in California. Mon-Fri: I draw storyboards and animate for Hollywood films. Saturdays: Fight zombies. Sundays: Church.

About Me

I have always loved to draw and create stories when I draw. The teachers notes on my elementary school report card would frequently say, "Ryan draws too much and doesn't pay attention." (still working on that second part) Today, I am a storyboard artist, animator, comic book creator and educator. I feel very fortunate and blessed that I've been able to be a part of so many films that keep the that young school boy drawer alive in me. The Avengers, Iron man 2, Spider-man 2 and 3, Cowboys and Aliens, Captain America 2, The Iron Giant and even Space Jam. When I'm not on a film, I create my own short films, Thought of You (2010), Bottom of the Ninth(2012) - the first animated graphic novel app for the iPad and several other experimental animated personal projects. To balance out my physical side and allow my brain to rest, I fight off zombies and vampires...no...that's still using my head. I compete in cycling events and tackle super-centuries like LOTOJA(206 miles). But my favorite past time is hitting the lake with the family, the kids have tube wars, my wife gets tan and I wake surf like I'm 16 again. Ah! That's the life. When people ask me where my creative ideas and stories come from, I tell them...my family. Everything I do is influenced by them. In every way, they are the best part about me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because as I act like a Mormon, I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to who I really am and what I can become. I spend my work hours in fictional stories of super heroes, distant worlds, superpowers and then bringing them to life with a pencil. Yet I feel I am developing talents and gifts that God is pleased with and in his time, I can contribute the talents he's blessed me with in ways that will enrich my life and the life of others. I'm not sure God places a lot of care in comic books, or animation - but I know he cares about the things that I care about and the career path that supports my family. I think he cares more that whatever I do, I do it honestly and with integrity. There has been plenty of past evidence that confirms to me that there is indeed someone looking out for me, and when I act like a Mormon, I feel that evidence very strong.

How I live my faith

I was never good at delivering impressive sermons, and I certainly can't memorize scriptures very well (too many superhero's running around in there) , I choose to prove my faith by the little things I do for others each day. Most people don't notice them, but I know the Lord does and that's good enough for me.