Founded in 2014 by Lone Wolf Media veterans Ryan Shepheard and Jared Flynn, Synapse is a Boston-area post-production shop leveraging fifteen years’ experience in editing, motion graphics, color grading, and workflow development. We’re small but nimble, specializing in non-fiction content and unique, one-off projects. Over the course of our history we’ve cut dozens of documentaries and narrative shorts, color graded horror films, scripted stereo 3D plug-ins, animated explainer videos, designed and operated recording systems for ocean-going expeditions, and much more.
Our collaborative partners include Lone Wolf Media, Powderhouse, the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Imaging Technologies, and Creative Audio & Music.
Synapse itself is equipped with a 4K finishing system + render server complete with DaVinci Resolve Suite, Avid Media Composer Ultimate, Adobe Creative Cloud, and a wide set of industry standard plug-ins including Boris Continuum Complete and Red Giant’s Trapcode Suite. In addition we can provide a producer’s station as needed, giving access to projects and assets while the editor simultaneously works.
Co-located with production company Powderhouse and audio recording and post-production company Creative Audio & Music, we can also coordinate multi-seat shared editing workflows for more complex projects, and connect you with audio and production services under one roof.
Since 2004, Ryan has edited, animated, and color graded projects for numerous high-profile broadcasters and clients, including PBS, History, Animal Planet, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and the National Park Service. His editing credits include PBS specials The Bomb and Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma — The Final Story; several episodes of science series NOVA, most recently “Apollo’s Daring Mission” and “Black Hole Apocalypse”; series America’s Hidden Stories and documentary feature The Rivals (dir. Kirk Wolfinger) for The Smithsonian Channel; Titanic: 100 Years in 3D, Tougher in Alaska, and Deep Sea Detectives for History; and Ice Cold Gold for Animal Planet.
Ryan’s path also took him out of the edit suite and deep into the field. Through collaborations with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies, Ryan participated in expeditions to the Titanic wreck site, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and the Sea of Cortez, developing custom 3D, 4K, VR and other outside-the-box workflows as needed.
Outside of Synapse Ryan dabbles in electronic music, running, and, most recently, very uncoordinated cross-country skiing.