My name is Ryan Stephenson Price – I’m a journalist/writer, filmmaker, photographer, musician, designer, and multimedia producer based in Toronto Ontario.
SFP in its current format began back in 2005 as I was leaving my hometown of Timmins, Ontario for a journalism/film/music degree at Ottawa’s Carleton University – a web design competition led to the creation of the original v.1.0 website (originally animated completely in Flash) as an outlet for displaying all of my different interests, and over the years it has transformed into an archive of sorts for my various artistic visions and journalistic projects.
After a stint in the summer of 2006 as the web and marketing coordinator for a non-profit organization I took to redesigning the site without the invasive Flash design (what I now refer to as SFP v.2.0) to better accommodate the plethora of miscellaneous artistic stuff that had started to pile up on my desk with no real outlet to display them: ranging from print/web design, photography, musical compositions, films, short stories/screenplays, journalistic articles, and finally the odd physical drawing/painting or ridiculously ambitious mixed-media project.
I’ve always been a huge fan of pulp, horror and science fiction – one of the ongoing tropes of these genres that I found most fascinating was the underlying fear of the future, or dread of things to come. I decided to reflect this in the name “Stratasfear” (an obvious misspelling of stratosphere) as the idea of something being so advanced – beyond the leading-edge of development – that even those advancements just over the horizon in the future would be afraid of it: hence “strata’s fear”.
Science fiction has always been the one genre to take the greatest strides forward in society – the earliest examples of Frankenstein and Dracula delving into the ideas of creatures of the unknown and the creation of life from lifelessness; pioneers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne dealing with sub-aquatic and astronautical modes of travel before they even existed; and more recent authors like Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick and Michael Crichton dealing with robotics, telepathy and cloning: each of these topics now at the forefront of research in contemporary science.
In similar fashion then, Stratasfear Productions became an unrestricted art/media adventure into the depths of the unknown and the farthest reaches of the imagination: a platform for whatever interesting little tidbits I happen upon, or happen to come up with. Whether that content be something incredibly scary, unnerving, or even a little more on the comedic side is … well … I suppose, kind of a subjective opinion-type scenario – I guess it depends on what YOU’RE afraid of…