Ryan Welch

Owner & Creative Director
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Ryan Welch is the owner and Creative Director of AO Films, a production company and creative collective.

Coming from a long line of story tellers, Ryan’s great-grandfather told stories with artists’ pencils. His grandfather with film – and his father with words. While he maintains an interest in all three, his passion lies in telling stories using images.

Ryan has a very ‘hands on’ approach towards his craft, which has led him to direct and shoot award-winning stories that are intuitive and personal, while blending narrative and documentary filmmaking.

He lives in the Eugene, Oregon with his wife, Susan and kids, Cade and Avin. He enjoys watching his kids play sports and spends as much time as possible in the mountains of Oregon.

Some of My Favorites

Sports Team: Oregon Ducks
iPhone App: Instagram
Month: August
TV Show: Fargo + Vikings + Friday Night Lights + House of Cards
Hobbies: Camping + Mountain Biking + Crossfit + Coaching Sports

Ryan Rossman

Cinematographer & Lead Editor

Ryan Rossman is a gifted cinematographer and editor for AO Films, a production company and creative collective.

Along with cinematography and editing, he loves art. From drawing and painting to film-making and everything in between, he has a passion for creation. Ryan grew up making movies with his friends and taking as many art classes as he could.

Ryan’s curiosity and passion for life has led his efforts to create purposeful and emotionally-charged, award-winning content. Whether behind the camera, or at his editing bay, he understands that powerful stories speak to the viewer’s soul.

Ryan lives in McMinnville, Oregon with his wife, Brittany and kids, Clark and Eden.

Some of My Favorites

Starbucks Drink: Venti Iced Coffee, Black
Movie: Grosse Point Blank
TV Show: Walking Dead + House of Cards + Vikings
Super Hero: The Hulk
Dog: Shiba Inu
Hobbies: Cooking + Playing/Making Video Games + Enjoying Fatherhood

Katie Doyle

Producer & Asst. Editor

Katie graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a degree in Advertising. After a year and a half at a local ad agency, Katie joined the AO Team as a Producer and Assistant Editor.

Some of My Favorites

Sport: Volleyball
Music Genre: 90’s Pop
Comedian: Jim Gaffigan
Month: April
Movie: The Lion King
TV Show: The Office (U.S.)
Hobbies: Baking + Party Planning

Susan Welch

Client Care & Cinematographer

Susan keeps things in line at AO Films. Susan enjoys the process of working alongside our clients during the process of creating a film for them.

A cinematographer herself, Susan is that “third” eye who can offer a wide-angle view of a project that complements the close-up focus of the two Ryans.

Some of My Favorites

Sport Team: Oregon Ducks
iPhone App: Tabata Pro
TV Show: Mad Men + The Americans
Hobbies: Paddle Boarding + Working out + Spending time with my family & friends

Christian Hartwell

Assistant Editor
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Christian grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, then moved to Oregon to study journalism. He is passionate about telling stories around social issues, inspirational people, unique places and other compelling topics through photos and videos. He has a background in editing/shooting for news stations and has long enjoyed making short films through a fun and collaborative process. He enjoys traveling, action sports, spending time with my friends and family, playing musical instruments, and getting involved in the community.

Some of My Favorites

Sport: Basketball
Music Genre: Classic/Indie Rock
Movie: Casablanca
Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Guitar
Super Hero: Batman
iPhone App: Instagram