Ryan Scafuro

Filmmaker | Director of Photography

  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsVideographer - Software Engineer - Cinematographer


About me

I am an independent filmmaker and director of photography working in London and New York. With over 15 years of industry experience, my work has been featured at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, broadcast nationally, and has collected numerous awards along the way. Throughout my career I have worked on projects ranging from social issue documentaries to political satire comedy shows, all contributing to a unique perspective on storytelling where compassion and humor work side by side. My past two films "American Renaissance" (2015) and "Bending Steel" (2013) have both premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and have gone on to screen in cinemas worldwide. The feature-length "Bending Steel" aired on DirecTV, won both the Emerging Cinematic Vision and Audience Awards at the Camden International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award. On the small screen, I was a director of photography for the Emmy Award winning "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for nearly 10 years, and have recently been brought along by former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee to lens her new late night show on TBS, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee". As an owner/operator of the Sony FS7 4K Cinema Camera, I am available for hire on both union and non-union narrative and documentary films, television productions, commercials, and branded content.


  • Commercial
  • Advertising
  • Film
  • TV
  • Directing
  • Documentary
  • Director of Photography
  • Feature Film
  • Cinematography
  • Video Production
  • Camera Operating
  • Videography
  • Arri Alexa
  • Sony FS7

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    Work history


    Filmmaker Director of Photography


    Mar 2000


    Director Of Photography

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Jul 2006 - Jul 2015




    Emerson College

    Mar 1996 - Mar 2016



      Cinereach Grant

      • Production grant for my feature documentary "Phantom Cowboys." http://phantomcowboys.com


      Rooftop Films Alumni Grant

      • Sound mix grant for my 2015 short film "American Renaissance." https://aeon.co/videos/freedom-fantasy-family-the-sundry-allures-of-the-american-renaissance-faire


      Emerging Cinematic Vision Award

      • Emerging Cinematic Vision Award from the Camden International Film Festival for my documentary "Bending Steel." http://bendingsteelmovie.com


      Emmy Award, News Feature Cinematography

      Academy of Television Arts and Sciens

      • New England Emmy Award for Cinematography for my work on the NECN report "MS Dog."