At Buck Ross we assemble a talented crew that matches the unique needs of your project. We're like a classy old tailor that comes to your house, gets your exact measurements and then cuts you the sickest suit or dress you've ever worn. We have an amazing pool of admins and creatives that we hand pick and assign to the films & videos they will benefit the most. This unique modus allows us to be as nimble as a startled doe and to create fresh content for our clients every single time. While these bright young bucks below don't account for everyone, they are some of the repeat offenders that we can't seem to scare off.
RYAN "BUCK" ROSSHailing from the red clay of Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan "Buck" Ross has been making movies since his teens. With a Hi8 video camera and two VCRs cabled together he and his posse created skateboarding masterpieces with very little skating, a lot of story and a little bit of nudity. Ryan then headed to the University of Colorado and took his filmmaking into the mountains.
After graduation and some time abroad he began work at an outdoor documentary company where over the course of five years he went from "office boy" to being a partner in the business. Along the way he helped start the first ever Adventure Film School in the country, produced a malaria documentary in Africa, shot IMAX film on Mount Everest, hosted a regional travel TV show and continued to fall more and more in love with the creative process of filmmaking.
Today, armed with his own production company and an amazing group of collaborators, Ryan continues to turn ideas into moving images for a broad array of clients in an even wider spectrum of genres.
"LIGHTNING FAST" LAM NGUYENIn most cases it's disconcerting to have smoke billowing up from a computer, but not when Lam edits. He's so quick with his cuts the keyboard takes on a lava-like glow and the back of the monitor emits a steady stream of dark blue smoke. He's that fast. You'd think that an editor who operates at these breakneck speeds would have no attention to detail or any storytelling ability and you'd be right…as long as you weren’t talking about Lam.
After graduating Cum Laude with a film degree from the University of Denver, Lam had the opportunity to work with Rick Ramage, a seasoned Hollywood director. With Rick he edited the PBS feature musical, "Ichabod," and thus started his pro career. Over his past eight years in the film biz Lam has written and directed his very own short film, "The Silent Child," edited five different feature-length documentaries, and worked on countless commercial projects. His ability to take a pile of footage and turn it into a compelling story is uncanny. His intense attention to detail is annoying at times. And, his speed is simply unmatched.
This guy has been with us since the beginning and we couldn’t do it without him.
BRANDON LIED "THE BRAVE"Whenever you call Brandon with some crazy shoot idea or some maxed out production schedule he always says the same thing. "Sure, let's do it." Brandon is always down for a cinematic challenge. As a producer, shooter, and editor he is a jack of all video trades that has the rare ability to do everything very well. When needed he can work a project as a one-man-band, but trade the overalls, guitar, and harmonica for a tux, violin, and a tuba. This boy is classical.
Brandon studied Broadcast Production at the University of Colorado and now specializes in DSLR cinematography, Final Cut Pro editing, and his lovely wife, Jaime. His experience in the production industry is extensive for his young age. Brandon has chased Jeeps through the Mojave Desert, hiked the heat of rural Jamaica, and tracked winter antelope all in the name of filmmaking. When he's not out making movie magic, he can usually be found swinging a dirty, yellow towel around his head cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers while most likely wearing ice skates or skis on his feet.
CAROLYN "THE CONTRACTOR' WILEYWhen you think of a contractor you probably think of some grizzly dude wearing a hard hat, dirty Carhartts, and a tool belt while banging nails into a wall. Carolyn is a lot like this, except she is five feet tall, has long curly red hair, a warming smile, and uses camera lenses and mouse pads in place of 2x4's and rebar. Nevertheless, Carolyn is who you call when you need something done and done right. She has got you covered. Whether it’s producing, shooting or editing she’s comfortable with it all and you always know she’s going to do a bang up job.
After growing up on the East Coast and graduating from Ithaca College, Carolyn moved to Boulder, CO to pursue her film career. For the past 3 years she has shot and edited on a variety of projects for some of the best outdoor production companies existing today. Recently, she has taken her knowledge and love of digital filmmaking and co-founded Earth Explorers, a non-profit organization that teaches the art of filmmaking to under-represented middle school students. When she’s not molding the young minds of America, she’s either working on our latest video project or crushing skulls on the rugby pitch.
EVAN SWINEHART "DIGITAL NINJA"That's right. We said ninja. Evan is probably climbing around on your rooftop right now. He's dressed in all black with his face covered, armed with a sharpened tripod leg as a sword and wireless throwing mice, and he will assassinate any video project that crosses his path. He is a video mercenary of unprecedented skill and stealth.
Evan is a Colorado native and began his film career earning his BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado. His senior year film, "God's Wheelchair" profiled his cousin with cerebral palsy who dreamed of becoming a Rabi despite his parents' atheist beliefs and won both the Best Documentary and Best Film awards. After years of honing his ninja skills, Evan has learned the importance of “story”, and thrives to both capture and exhibit the human spirit in every project he does.
Today, he's an independent filmmaker slaying projects for prestigious clients across multiple markets. When he's not behind the camera or computer, he's either quietly stalking another film project or walking through the mountains with his beloved dog, Ellie. This warrior is no joke and we're lucky to be on the same side of his digital sword.
SCOTT SHEK "PEPPER"Scott Shek is a good Christian guy, but don’t ever ask him about his nickname. It is a very long and complicated story that involves a lot of heartache and even a brief exile. Actually, you should probably forget you ever read that.
Scott was born and raised in Colorado and has been making videos since he was a wily little teenager. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in marketing, he quickly realized that his true passion was not filling mailboxes with junk mail; but was creating unique graphics and producing moving videos. He's worked on all types of productions, from web promos for business entrepreneurs to national teaching series to even starring in a music video. His favorite aspect of filmmaking is combining all the right elements - filming, music, graphics and animation - to create a memorable story.
When he's not banging out another tidy edit or complex animation on his laptop, Scott enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, and hitting up singles nights all over town. His wit is outrageous and his talent ridiculous. We’re very lucky to have him in the herd.
CARLY "THE COWPOKE" CHABENJust like any good cowpoke Carly can wrangle. But instead of driving steer across a moonless prairie or wrestling baby calves to the ground she wrangles deadlines, schedules, shot lists; all the hard to come by particulars that make a good production work.
Carly hasn’t always been a mountain drover. She is a born and bred Michigan gaucho and recently graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Arts Management. Her interest in this here film trade all began with a study abroad trip to India, you know, where all real vaqueros go to discover themselves. And it was there, in that humid interior, that Carly had the opportunity to study at the largest film city in the entire world.
After graduation she left out on a 3 month long national road trip making a documentary on the world of craft beer. And it was out there on that boozy open range where she truly developed a passion for wrangling. For now, Carly has hung her spurs with Buck Ross and we couldn’t be more obliged.