Ryan Sherwood hasn’t graduated high school but he’s already started his own company.
The 17-year-old Barrington resident launched Blue Lobster Productions last summer, and is in the midst of a marketing push to expand his company’s reputation. Ryan, a senior at Barrington High School, is putting together a documentary highlighting local businesses and their owners.
The film doesn’t have a title yet but Ryan said the piece is aimed at showcasing what these businesses mean to the community.
“This video is going to go the route of showing how small businesses shape Barrington as opposed to chains,” Ryan said.
The video will also help Ryan show other businesses what his company is capable of, something that might otherwise be difficult with a relatively small portfolio of wedding videography.
“If I just show businesses weddings, they’re not going to be interested,” he said. “I wanted to do something to get my name out there and pique the interest of other business owners.”
Ryan said he’s been interested in video production since he was 12. He shot a video for a friend when he was younger and has spent the last few years building up his knowledge and skill.
He’s also spent time accumulating a professional stock of equipment through odd jobs, cutting lawns and selling what he could on eBay or Craigslist.
Today, Ryan said he has plenty of gear to shoot everything from professional promotional content to commercials and tutorial videos.
Ryan’s wedding videos, meanwhile, have a more contemporary touch than others in the field. He said each production is “cinematic” with highlight reels matched up with a soundtrack. It’s more of a music video than something someone’s friend grabbed with an old camcorder.
Ryan selected the name Blue Lobster Productions off a suggestion from his mother. She saw a news report of a rare blue lobster discovered off the coast. It’s a one-in-a-million type of find and Ryan thought the east coast connection was a nice fit.
In-school, Ryan’s senior project is focused on furthering his video production skill. Ryan’s project is centered on the effects and technique of film-making. His mentor is a producer and so far, Ryan has benefited from the process by working with other production professionals and even working on a commercial shoot at Staples headquarters in Massachusetts.
Ryan has also spent several years working on the Barrington High School Sunrise Show, a televised morning news program at the school.
Ryan said he plans to grow his business this year and throughout college. He’s been accepted to the University of Rhode Island and is waiting to hear back from several schools in Boston. Not surprisingly, he plans to study film media in college.
Said Ryan: “It definitely appeals to me to have a small business and be free in that sense with my own company, traveling all over the place shooting videos.”