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Route 3 Films wields the most powerful visual tool; storytelling. Telling the story of my art, my life, Route 3 beautifully wove multiple chapters into a whole that expressed a vision far beyond anything I could have imagined, or hoped for. Their compassion, and artistry showed through, culminating in the final piece that left viewers changed. As a result of their film, my Studio/Gallery has received innumerable likes, shares, emails and letters from folks that were familiar with my work, and many that were learning about my work for the first time, expressing such warmth and new understanding we are overwhelmed. Thank you Route 3.


Ryan and his team at Route 3 Films came through for us every step of the way...and then some! From the very beginning, Ryan listened openly to our ideas and used his knowledge, talent, and expertise to expand upon them and bring them to life. Their genuine interest and enthusiasm to showcase us and increase our on-line viewership was not something that we expected but is one of the things that we appreciate most about working with them. Route 3 Films took a somewhat daunting task for our small non-profit organization and made it a joint objective, a collaborative goal and a fun process. From donating their time to create us a gorgeous new website to holding our hand through our social media postings and premieres, Route 3 Films has fully supported us and continues to do so post-project.

Angie Brooks, Executive Director, STL DANCING CLASSROOMS

The best way we can describe our experience with Ryan and the Route 3 Films team - the end product has an indescribable quality that you can't state why it is so special, it is just so special that it provides an emotional connection to each film produced.  As a serial entrepreneur, I have hired filmmakers in LA, Chicago, St. Louis and NYC.  Ryan's special touch has become a part of our brand and unique to all filmmakers I have hired in the past.

Seth Burgett, Chief Executive Officer, GATEWAY BRONCO

I didn’t want to let another day go by without thanking you for the “Aaron’s Story” film. I’ve always known how talented you are, but you really brought the Concordance mission to life with this film. We only wish you could have been at the gala to see the response to it. In addition to the majority of guests wiping tears from their eyes, it was amazing to see the confidence it inspired in Aaron that night. You captured the emotion, but also the substance of our program. Chris and Devan’s words brought a credibility to our employment efforts, and highlighted the impact our community can have when we come together to support those coming home from prison.

Thank you – a million times over. You’re a true partner.

Shannon Durio, Marketing Coordinator, CONCORDANCE ACADEMY of LEADERSHIP

Simply put, Ryan and the Route 3 Films team have made a profound impact on our recruitment efforts. Ryan’s films are dynamic and creative and have given us another tool to reach prospective students for our graduate programs. The films have increased staying time on our website by 78% and decreased immediate exits on our website by over 220%! With guidance from Route 3 Films in Social Media, we have also extended our reach via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Ryan and his team are a pleasure to work with- so much in fact, what started as a one film project has blossomed into 10 films and counting!

Andrew Richards

DBBS Director of Recruitment, Alumni Affairs & Information Systems Washington University in St. Louis

Ryan spent many hours working with our students and teachers as he interviewed them for the film. He made sure that the video would shed the best light on the Marquette students and the classrooms in which they were interviewed. Ryan spent countless hours at Marquette sporting events getting just the right footage to tell our story. And what a story he told. We show the video at Open Houses, visits to grade schools and to students and families who visit us. We have gotten so many compliments and I believe this tool has helped us increase our enrollment by about 50 students in the last 2 years.

I fully recommend Ryan Hanlon and Route 3 Films for your future projects. Ryan has what it takes to move your company/school/church group etc into the right direction. He can tell the story of your place of business in 3 minutes that would take you much longer to tell and your company will grow because the great response you will receive.

Meg Miller, Director of Development at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL

Ryan and Route 3 have done great work for St. Louis Public Schools for over 4 years. Ryan initially came to us as a caring, connected parent – both his children attended an SLPS school – and wanted to help us share our story. He brought a unique perspective and tons of industry expertise that not only helped us get a new message out, but also helped shape the venues in which we would share that message. He has been a great thought partner and always comes to the table with new ideas, suggestions, and lots of energy. His team works quickly and is very responsive. The beautiful, touching short films they have created for us have indeed sparked a new conversation for our schools, and for that we are very grateful.

Rachel Seward
Deputy Superintendent of Institutional Advancement
Saint Louis Public School District

I often think about how far we have come in 4 years with this playhouse restoration and am shocked, proud, optimistic and eternally grateful for you , your insight, creativity, patience, expertise and vision. I really believe things happen when they are suppose to and it was time for us to stop spinning our wheels and get with the program and then …..there you were. You got us thinking in a new direction, expecting more and then getting it! Our small group is very industrious, dedicated to the playhouse and its future and I know I speak for all of them by saying THANK YOU!

We have come a long way in 4 years and know its because of you and the help you have given us along the way. Please know we are indebted to you for your kindness to us, the Lucy Haskell Playhouse, the Middletown Neighborhood and the City of Alton. We have found a friend in Ryan Hanlon.

- Sincerely and most grateful, Margaret Hopkins



Ryan filmed a video for my Kickstarter campaign for my book, “The Ozark Trail: Images of Missouri’s Longest Hiking Trail.” We worked on dialogue and where the filming would take place. Ryan made me feel comfortable with the filming and I was very happy with the end result. I believe this video was immensely important in the success of my Kickstarter campaign.

Once the video was complete, Ryan was really helpful with the launch of our Kickstarter. Both in the timing and the promotion. I would definitely recommend Ryan’s services.

- Don Massey



I worked with Ryan Hanlon as Creative Director for the production of several videos for celebrity and father of the coaching industry, Tony Robbins. By far, Ryan’s reputation and emphasis on solid and effective communication, clarity of vision, and lightning fast execution made him easily the best videographer I have worked with to date. We count on Hanlon and his team to develop our most critical video output and as the Creative Lead of the Tony Robbins brand, its imperative that we work with the industries best and Ryan Hanlon is that.

Josh Hunter, Creative Lead at Tony Robbins

Ryan Hanlon and his crew are the Real Deal! Ryan’s ability to tell an accurate and compelling story through media is truly an artistic talent. From the moment I saw him give his first interview I knew that a true professional was helping my cause to protect my beloved Wasatch Mountains. The end result was a powerful mini documentary told by local people and presented from an outsiders perspective that really just “got it”! Ryan and his team are positive thinking, progressive moving individuals that will not disappoint and their time and talent are priceless! Thanks Ryan and Chadwell!

Jamie Kent, Stop SkiLink

It is with great pleasure that I send this short note of thanks for your extreme dedication to the success of our baseball program. Upon completion of our second year working together, I feel the need to reflect back on the positive gains that have been facilitated through the hard work, dedication, and loyalty that you have displayed to the baseball program at Alton High School.

Several years ago, I was in search of a way to spread the message of the great things that our program had to offer with the River Bend Community. Additionally, I wanted a way to spread this message directly without any interference. The answer came when I was introduced to Ryan Hanlon and his gift for ‘true life videos”. The efforts of Ryan and his crew have produced one of the most motivational videos I have ever seen. To date, I have been contacted by people all across the nation regarding the film that he made for my baseball program. We have nearly 50,000 views from 17 different countries on YouTube. In all honesty, our video has been a key cog in the Alton Baseball Program becoming one the most recognized athletic programs in the metro-east area as well as the State of Illinois. The enthusiasm for the program is at an all-time high!

Todd M. Haug, Varsity Baseball Head Coach, Alton High School


Route 3 Films simply blew us away with their keen ability to showcase the faces and places of the Alton region to a broader audience. Created as an overall tourism branding piece, this film has turned into so much more. It’s simply amazing to hear visitor’s reactions to this piece, everyone in awe of the imagery and editing. The video delivers both the adventure and getaway style that is so vital to our region’s future success. It’s also exciting to watch civic pride skyrocket as local residents and even past residents share this video on social media. It continues to go viral and celebrate this place.

Brett Stawar, President and CEO, Alton Regional CVB

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