"ŁICRYNØ, aka, Ryan OToole, is a Filmmaker and Musician with skills as a Film Editor, Production Sound Recordist. He is also a songwriter. His music has been featured in television shows, under the band name, Amateur Blonde Music. Ryan lives in Long Island City, NY, but has worked formerly in Los Angeles and London." - IMDB
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING (8 mins, 16mm, 2008)
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING
(2008, 8 mins, 35mm Film)
Before LIC RYNO, aka Ryan O'Toole, got back into making music, he was filmmaking, full time. His optically printed experimental documentary about generational PTSD, 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', played the festival circuit for 2 years, with notable appearances at Atlanta Film Festival & Mill Valley Film Festival.
Technique: The advancement of video resolution makes 2008 seems like 100's of years ago 😂. The best one could do in 2008 was 1920x1080 HD and film was still superior for projection. This work of art is composed of meticulously photographed and re-photographed Super-8mm home movies on a 16mm Optical Printer (later blown up to 35mm) in, 4:3 Academy Aspect, with stereo soundtrack. There are many experimental elements at play, including re-photography, animation of broken glass flashed onto 35mm film, bi-packing, and an insane A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H layer contact print (in collaboration with film-colorist Chris Hughes at BB Optics (formerly Colorlab). Ryan also scored the film.
IMDB Ryan O'Toole (official film credits)
Filmmaker Bio: Ryan O'Toole has a degree in film production from University of Colorado at Boulder (CU, 1998) and a Master's Degree in Film Editing from the American Film Institute (AFI, 2004). Ryan, also known as ŁIC RYNØ, was accepted to the San Francisco Art Institute based on his high school photography, but chose to attend CU. UC at Boulder is well known as the film school beginning of Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park fame, but for filmmakers, it undoubtedly holds the keys to the legacy of Stan Brakhage (RIP) and his contribution to the experimental cinema. ŁICRYNØ was lucky enough to study under the tutelage of Phil Solomon (RIP) and Brakhage, as well as absorb film history from Professor Melinda Barlow. It was during this time RYNØ was introduced to the Oxberry Animation Stand, traditional 16mm film techniques, as well as experimental.
Following his passion for film, RYNØ, and 13 others, were selected to pursue a Masters Degree program at the American Film Institute. At the time, AFI was the only institution offering a masters degree specifically for Film Editing. AFI was (and is) known to have film editors with ridiculous film credits working as professors. Fellows were required to learn how to deal with 35mm & digital intermediate workflows. RYNØ's mentors included: Howard E. Smith (The Abyss, Point Break, Near Dark, Snakes On A Plane), Stan Salfas (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes), Danford B Greene (RIP) (MASH, Blazing Saddles, Rocky II), Donn Cambern (Easy Rider, The Bodyguard, Twins), and Phillip Linson (Tombstone, Hot Shots!, The Indian Runner). Ryan moonlighted as an assistant editor on a couple AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards programs - Meryl Streep (2004) & Robert De Niro (2003). RYNØ was the editor on Franklin Jin Rho's thesis film, A Distant Shore (2005).
Professional Work to Date: Following AFI, ŁIC RYNØ was lucky enough to land a job working in Television for the BBC in London. He worked as an assistant editor on the show [spooks] (MI-5 in the USA), A for Andromeda (2006), and a few other credits. He served as Patrick Moore's (RIP) right hand man in the editorial room for 3 years. Patrick worked on David Lynch's Elephant Man and was a great friend. He was assistant to editor Anne V. Coates, RIP (Lawrence of Arabia, Erin Brockovich, Chaplin) for many years. RYNØ was in London for the July 7th, 2005 bombings, actually working on an episode of [spooks] that had a mirror image plot-line! Needless to say, that show's air-date become wildly important.
Ryan continues to work in film and post-production. He lives in Long Island City, NY. since 2007, working as a skilled editor, sound designer, and production sound recordist. Ryan's film 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' (2008) combined his experimental filmmaking skills from CU with his AFI and BBC experiences. 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' played in several film festivals, including the Atlanta Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Mill Valley Film Festival. O'Toole was a part of the post production of HBO's "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" 2014 documentary. RYNO is also a songwriter and recording artist whose music (band 'Amateur Blonde') have been in TV Shows including, CBS Extant (2014), FOX Minority Report (2015), and AMC The Walking Dead (2021, S10 Ep21).