The name “Flying Giant” was born over coffee one morning. With a need to infuse their company with their free-spirited, goofy ways, they finally tried pairing theirs nicknames awarded by a friend. Melanie, an Air Force veteran, was called Air Force because he couldn't believe that she was actually in the Air Force and Ryan being six feet six is called Giant by this friend (and his son too). Need we say more?
After working the photography and eventually video production fields for over eight years, they founded Flying Giant Productions in January 2014. As a small independent production company, the two endeavor to produce branded content and advertisements for commercial clients that shines a light on the unique and quirky. In addition, the company’s profits help fund content for social good, often in collaboration with local non-profits and community programs. A select list of clients include Comedy Central, LogoTV, Marvel, Profoto and Carhartt. Melanie, Ryan, their dog Zoe and Flying Giant Productions recently relocated to sunny Denver, Colorado.
Ryan Brooks graduated with honors from William Paterson University’s fine art and photography program in 2004. He received the Puffin Foundation fine arts grant for his work in Paterson. In 2005 he joined the Peace Corps in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Since returning to the United States in 2007 he has begun a new project documenting graffiti culture. In 2011, Ryan won a prestigious position as resident travel blogger for Host Our Coast with his partner Melanie.
Melanie is an emerging documentary filmmaker, focusing on food politics and gender issues. Her most recent short documentary, Big Hips, Big Dreams, has screened at numerous film festivals around the county, including Big Sky Documentary Film Fest in 2018. Her labor of love is a food-focused documentary, Eating the Enemy, featuring sushi chef Bun Lai. She received her Bachelors in journalism from Rutgers University and a Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in social documentary film.
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