|Occupation||Film director, producer, cinematographer|
Ryan Little (born 28 March 1971) is a Canadian film director, cinematographer and producer. He is perhaps best known for his 2003 film Saints and Soldiers. His work has a broad range of genres including war films and children's subjects. Little was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999. He has produced six films, directed eleven and written one.
Born in Vancouver, Little always had an aspiration for making film. Growing up, his father made 8 mm films and was always eager to show them off to him. With this, a passion for film began and Little knew that when he grew up he wanted to make films.
It took Little three tries to get into Brigham Young University and two more applications for an acceptance into the film program. Little is a Mormon. While at BYU, he made over twenty short films.
The idea for his first professional film Saints and Soldiers was inspired by his religion professor at Brigham Young, Dennis A. Wright. Wright was the coauthor of a book Saints at War, and he shared some stories with Little that he wished could have been in the book but had to be left out. Little was able to contact the veterans that Wright told him about and with their help, he wrote the story of Saints and Soldiers. The film, which takes place during World War II, is about three soldiers who escape during the Malmedy massacre.
One key element found in most of Little's work is the portraying of religious people as not completely perfect and secular people as not completely evil. For example, in Saints and Soldiers some German characters were depicted as good people even though they were Nazis.
Some of Little's other work includes the ABC Family Channel original comedy Everything You Want, Forever Strong (a film about the Highland Rugby Team), Age of the Dragons, and the TNT pilot Blank Slate.
Little is married to Lynnita Little and has two sons.
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|1999||The Last Good War||Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation||Won||Best Student Dramatic Film|
|Heartland Film Festival||Won||Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart Memorial Award|
|2003||Saints and Soldiers||Heartland Film Festival||Won||Crystal Heart Award (shared with Adam Abel)|
|Temecula Valley International Film Festival||Won||Viewer's Choice Award for Best Feature Film|
|Big Bear Lake International Film Festival||Won||Audience Award for Best Feature Film|
|2005||Independent Spirit Award||Nominated||Best Cinematography|
|Nominated||Best First Feature (shared with Adam Abel)|
|2006||Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy||Heartland Film Festival||Won||Crystal Heart Award for independent filmmakers|
|2015||War Pigs||GI Film Festival||Won||Best Action Feature (shared with producers Steven Luke and Andre Relis)|