SOMETHING ABOUT RYAN is the brainchild from New York City comedian Ryan Mooney. Ryan wrote, produced, and starred in this sitcom pilot that was entered as a short film at the Staten Island New York Film Festival, which was a brilliant move on his part to get more exposure for his property. The pilot can be seen in its entirety at: http://www.youtube.com
Ryan really brings back the classic sitcom format. An avid fan of “Three’s Company”, he strives to make a great situational comedy and doesn’t disappoint. This vid could easily be the next “King of Queens” with a little more budget and some polish. His actors and actresses (the show also stars Rocco Chierichella, Maria Rusolo, Helene Macaulay, and Gerard Adimando) do a fine job of portraying their roles as family and friends to the trouble magnet that is Ryan. This pilot finds the main character and his best friend embroiled in a misunderstanding that leads everyone around them to believe that they are homosexuals, and are in a relationship after Ryan’s friend brings home the wrong movie for a homework assignment (getting it’s gay porn doppelganger instead). Comedy ensues, we all laugh, and are left wanted to see the next episode. Which is all one could really want for any show!
The direction, lighting, and cinematography in this show are quite good, and follow the usual sitcom rules. The visuals are clear, the cuts are solid, and the lighting is consistent. No complaints there at all. As a matter of fact, for a nascent TV show on a low budget, it’s actually quite good! The only complaint being that the sound seems a little too on top of the characters, like it was layered on, and also about a half a second off. But that is something that is easily fixed in another round of post production, or with a different sound engineer.
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I’d throw this into my Hulu queue for at least a season to try them out, and I think you should too!