Custom Printed 3D Model: GoPro Hero 4 Black Case and Lens Cap

Here’s a short demo of a GoPro Hero 4 Black case and lens cap that I printed on a 3d printer.

3D Models:


Picky (DSLR Short Film)

Here’s a comedy film that I helped edit during my last year at GVSU. Please excuse the sound issues, something happened to the sound well after I was done working on it and reached picture lock.

A couple has a grammar dispute over dinner. But who will win?

Writer and Director: Malik Ming
Producer: Tyler Wiewiora
Assistant Director: Mitch Visser
Director of Photography: Emily Cameron
Sound Mixer: Patrick Hellenga
Sound Design: Melissa Nickels and Kristen Bringedah
Script Supervisor: Aj Bedard
Editors: Ryan Rakowski and Malik Ming
Grips: Aj Bedard, James Kozakiewicz, Benjamin Thompson, Mitch Visser, and Tyler Wiewiora

Gavin Kendrick Brown
Anessa Johnson
James Kozakiewicz
Kaylena Beaulieu
Marie Brown
James Christie
Tyler Wiewiora

25 Ways to Speed Up Adobe After Effects!

Is your version of Adobe After Effects running slow? No need to worry, here’s 25 things you can do to make After Effects run faster and perform better!

Here’s a list of things that you can do that are covered in the video:

1. Adding Power
2. Optimizing Your Processor for high performance
3. Install After Effects on an SSD
4. Save source footage, and projects on an SSD
5. Empty Disk Cache and Clean Database Folders
6. Check your graphics Card, possibly update it.
7. Update Drivers for your graphics card.
8. Change fast preview quality
9. Change fast preview preferences (Adaptive Resolution Limit)
10. Change RAM preview options
11. Close any other programs you have installed on your machine.
12. Set Priority of After Effects to Above normal or high in Task Manager
13. Obtain more Ram
14. Utilize Multi-processing (Hyper-treading)
15. Remove unnecessary or unused Assets in After Effects
16. Pre-render nested compositions
17. Lower the resolution of your preview panel
18. Disable effects that you aren’t using
19. Make Complex effects simpler, for example lowe the particles in a particle system
20. Use adjustment layers
21. Change render to classic 3D instead of Raytraced 3D.
22. Turn off any motion blur
23. Update your version of After Effects
24. Downgrade the final render quality
25. Defragment your computer

*I noticed that I mistakenly said render when I should have said RAM Preview. I’ve been spending too much time in Premiere Pro.*

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C47 – An Epic College Graduation GoPro Video

This video features some of the events at Grand Valley State University’s 3PM 2015 graduation ceremony.

A C47 is a clothespin used to attach a color correction gel or diffusion to the barn doors on a light. Film majors throughout the ceremony wore them on their hats to represent their major. I was one of the only people out of 5,000 graduates to wear a GoPro on my Chest.

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Video By: Ryan Rakowski

Music: Dylan Hardy – Kites


Website Update: 4/27/2015

Well I’ve graduated from college. My life is now running in the fast lane. I’ve updated my website’s About page and Demo Reel/Resume page. I’m ready for a real long term full-time job so please, hire me.

Website Update: 4/14/2015

We’ll it’s that time again where I have decided to update my website. I was suppose to have my website finished and fully updated today, however the night before I was up from 9pm to 3am working on an Interactive hosted by Interlude. I will post a link in this post pending on the approval of that video.

In terms of the website:

The theme has been updated. The main page featuring the nebula can be scrolled down to reveal content such as my Instagram page and my Twitter feed. There are also links to my YouTube, DeviantArt and Vimeo pages. The about page will need to be updated in 10 days after I graduate along with my demo reel and resume. The portfolio is a new feature that I am trying out to sort of create a way of archiving some of my work. However the process is slow and I haven’t been able to add the hundreds of thumbnails to the portfolio yet. The website is still a work in progress. I like the direction where it’s going and the website will be fully updated after I graduate from Grand Valley State University in less than 10 days.

The Giver Review: “Not Entirely Bad, Worth a Watch.


Alright well, I don’t entirely agree with the critics that this is a bad movie (31% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it isn’t entirely amazing either. It’s worth a watch. The purpose for this review is to give you a decent reason to see this and to show that it isn’t a horrible film as critics are saying. The way I will break this down is with my review from a filmmaker’s perspective and a review from someone else, a book reader’s perspective.

I did not read the book so the following is my review:
-Taylor Swift’s role: Forgettable and could have been replaced with any actress looking to get into the film business. Solely used for marketing and advertisement.
-Actor Performances: The only main actors that had any character development was Jeff Bridges’ and Brenton Thwaites’ roles. All the other characters were portrayed as dull and boring and any actor and or actress could have replaced their roles. I understand that they’re roles were to be emotionless, but that’s no excuse. Show class and make that character special. This is partly due to the director’s fault because any director could have directed the actors.
-Music and Soundscape: Music was a little above par. Nothing memorable, but is decent. The trailer music made it seem way more intense than the movie actually was.
-Visual Effects: The only visuals that stand out are the solo color changes in objects and changed color tones that happen throughout the film and its not much. This film doesn’t have very many visual effects that take this film to a new level in terms of a science fictiony film.
-Art Direction: I’m in love with the art direction. The styles of the architecture, sets, set design, and props were very interesting to see.
-Script: There really wasn’t much of a conflict and the ending wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been. There isn’t anything new that hasn’t been done in other films. The script is simple. However it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
-Humor: There was no humor. This was a very serious film. Humor could have helped.
-Awesomeness Factor: There wasn’t much of an awesome factor within this film beyond the found footage borrowed from Getty Images, NBC and CNN.
-Ethics: This film shows elephants being shot and no where in the credits did it say that Elephants were not harmed. I’m not happy with this and will explore this further.
-Impressions I got when I walked away from the movie: It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t entirely amazing.
-Cinematography and Arrangement of clips on screen: Cinematography was on par or just a little above par than some of the films released this summer. The found footage added an interesting element on screen that you don’t see in any other film besides Lucy this summer.
-Last second thought: The jittery frame rates on some scenes don’t work as well as the film creators might have hoped.

Review from a person that read the book (SPOILERS): The book version will always be a classic and have more of a preference for me than the movie, but I believe that the movie was satisfactory. The storyline went along with the original source material and had the important information and events that were portrayed in the book. Although there were some details that were not included in the movie that would have made it easier for the viewer to understand more in depth of the message of The Giver, it still showcased the delivery of individuality and the importance of love and relationships. The visual factor of this film is what I enjoyed most. As Jonas begins his training and continues to receive the memories, the color fades from black and white, to sepia, and finally to color. I think that the transition from black and white to color corresponded to the gradual knowledge that Jonas was receiving and the truth he slowly began to accept. Lastly what I liked about this movie is the chemistry between the characters of Jonas and Fiona. In the book, the relationship between Jonas and Fiona doesn’t seem to make a lasting impression. In contrast, I believe that the movie adds more to the effect of emotions and the realization that the love that the characters have for each other help push the story towards its main message. All in all this move was to my liking, and although there could have been more of a character development with many of the people in the film and there lacked a sense of conflict within the plot, it was entertaining and fun. Last second thoughts, Taylor Swift was not needed.

Ryan’s Marvel Movie Rankings








It’s time for me to break down my list of top Marvel films for you since there’s been a lot of controversy after my claim that Captain America: Winter Soldier was dull and boring compared to other films.

1. The Avengers, lets be honest here. The Avengers is amazing. It has amazing action, a script that actually makes sense, a load of laughs, it’s a no brainier. It’s a film you can watch again and again with a cliff hanger after the credits setting up the marvel universe with the biggest villain to ever appear on screen. Thanos will be amazing thanks to hype gained from the Avengers.

2. Spider-Man 2, is my number 2 because it is in my opinion the most emotional marvel film and one of the best movie sequels of all-time. Toby Maguire’s acting is top notch and he gives some fantastic performances both as Peter Parker and as Spider-man. Special effects and action sequences are great and the overall chemistry with the cast is fantastic.

3. Iron Man 1 is smart, it is fresh. A grand superhero movie that features a brilliant performance by Robert Downey Jr., in one of his best roles. Action is great and is better than all of it’s forgettable sequels.

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past is one X-men film that shouldn’t be disregarded. If you haven’t seen it then do so soon. This film blends the First Class prequel and the original trilogy very efficiently. It has all the action, special effects, new and old mutants and leaves you walking away feeling satisfied that this franchise of superheros can see the light of a new day and hopefully new films now that it’s opened up again.

5. X-Men First Class is all about style. With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise after it’s mishap from the X-Men Wolverine film.

6. The Amazing Spider-man 2. If you can forgive it’s length and pacing issues than you can appreciate how much was placed into this film. Screw all the critics that say this movie is bad. Shame on them. This is a great Spider-man film and is an upgrade in every aspect from the first Amazing Spider-man film. The Amazing Spider-man 2 is a very fun film and fun really is what this is. With some great visuals, great actor performances, great humor, and interesting villains, this film’s action sequences won it over Thor and Captain America for me along with the chemistry that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have compared to Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth.

7. Thor. I enjoyed Thor better than Captain America simply because I like Chris Hemsworth better than Chris Evans. I like Marvel’s first attempt at it’s space related visuals and the comedic value that comes with Thor over Captain America. In terms of badass factor I think Thor as a superhero crushes Captain America.

8. Captain America: First Avenger to me is better than it’s sequel due to it’s villain and it’s stylistic approach. The retro vibe and pulpy action scenes. Red Skull was so enjoyable to watch on screen I’m so disappointed we won’t be seeing him in any other Marvel films.  The feeling of satisfaction I got when I walked away from this film in Theaters was better than the Winter Soldier which is why I rate it better. To me it was more entertaining. The Pacing was strong and it ends with you looking forward for the Avengers.

9. The Amazing Spider-man: I feel like the reboot took it’s time compared to Sam Rami’s first Spider-man film. I enjoy Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s Chemistry. The Amazing Spider-Man is about on par in terms of quality; it’s just a different interpretation. Director Marc Webb injects this film with his indie romantic sensibility, creating a film that is first and foremost about relationships.

10. X2(X-Men United): Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor. The impact that this film had on me as a child is the reason why it’s at the end of my top 10.

The rest of the films below are my ranking from highest to lowest and won’t be as indepth as the top ten.

11. Iron Man 3 – Revives faith after Iron-Man 2. Even through the Mandarin was a disgrace I enjoyed it none the less.

12. Guardians of the Galaxy: Saw this twice in theaters. The only interesting characters are Groot and Rocket. The comedic value of this and end action sequences is better than the serious and dull tone of the Winter Soldier.

13. Captain America Winter Soldier: I’ve made the claim that it’s dull and boring before. I guess my problem is that it becomes too predictable. There’s cheesy dialogue; annoying cliches. Don’t get me wrong its not a bad film. But compared to other films, there aren’t enough elements to raise the bar high enough over the awe-factor of the first Captain America film. I think it’s a snoozefest and forgettable. Last point, Red Skull>Winter Soldier. Seeing Hydra’s return only made me pissed that they didn’t spend more time on Bucky aka the Winter Soldier’s character development.

14. Spider-man: It’s a decent film, it’s laughable and it has a lot of problems. But it’s enjoyable and iconic.

15. Spider-man 3:  This film was a train wrench. Too many characters that weren’t developed properly. It may be awful, but it’s hilarious to watch Peter Parker walk down the street when he’s fully committed to the black spider-man suit. That scene is priceless.

16. Thor: The Dark World (2013): Biggest issue I had with this film is that it’s forgettable compared to all the other Marvel films released around it’s time. I don’t even remember who that bad guy was.

17. “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006): Rushed, no character development. It’s a only worth watching for it’s cliches.

18. Daredevil: Suprisingly this film is ranked higher than some would think. I saw this film in theaters and I fell in love with it’s soundtrack that I purchased when I was younger. It’s a bloodier Marvel film. Bullseye and Kingpin may be laughable, but it could be worse.

19. Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer: I downgraded this film so much because of how much they completely screwed up Galactus. I mean honestly, did the directors even check their source material?

20. X-Men(2000): It may be interesting to see all of the X-Men characters’ first appearances on film, however they’re forgettable.

21. Fantastic Four: This film is a joke and a slap in the face to all Comic fans. Doesn’t take it’s material seriously and deserves it’s spot towards the bottom.

22. Hulk-Ang Lee’s Version: This film is so laughable I can’t even begin to describe how much this film made me sick. It’s awful and ridiculous. It lacks personality and is a turgid, CGI-Frankenstein reject.

23. X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009): The Blob was in this film and Ryan Reynolds starred as the awful Deadpool. No thanks.

24.“Iron Man 2” (2010): Watch CinemaSin’s Video on Everything Wrong with Iron Man 2 along with Ryan Weiber’s Review of this film and you’ll understand more on why I don’t care for it.

25. Ghost Rider” (2007): Stars Nickolas Cage. Nuff said…

Movies I’ve haven’t seen:
“Blade: Trinity” (2004)
Blade II
Punisher: War Zone” (2008)
The Wolverine (2013)
The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”
Man-Thing” (2005)
“Captain America” (1990)
The Fantastic Four: The Movie” (1994)
“The Punisher” (2004)
Elektra” (2005)
The Punisher” (1989)
Howard The Duck” (1986)

Adobe Flash Hand Drawn Animation Test 1

My random attempts at learning how to use Adobe Flash for animation is going great. This particular animation was one for a project in which you had to make based on an audio reference.