Scott Ryan wrote, directed, produced, edited and starred in The Magician, a mockumentary shot in 10 days on a $3000 budget that introduced audiences to the very funny and very dark world of hitman Ray Shoesmith. After a screening of a 30-minute cut down version at the 2004 St Kilda Film Festival, Ryan met filmmaker Nash Edgerton who took the project on as editor and producer. Receiving further funding, the film was then released by Hopscotch Films in 2005 and went on to be nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and an Inside Film (IF) Award in 2005. Ryan penned the FX series Mr Inbetween, a further exploration of Ray Shoesmith, again playing the character with Edgerton now directing. He is currently developing a project that delves into the John F. Kennedy assassination.