In 2005 Little directed the historical war drama Saints and Soldiers. The movie was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, a national award given by the Independent Filmmaker Program (IFP) for first-time directors.
With the help of producer Brian Brough, Ryan directed Everything You Want, based on a play by Natalie Prado. Ryan's project was sold to ABC Family (Disney distribution) and was released on video/DVD in April 2006.
In 2008 Little directed Forever Strong, a film about the unique success of the Highland Rugby team. The film was a nationwide success and was written by fellow alumnus David Pliler.
In 2012 the sequel to Saints and Soldiers premiered, again directed by Ryan Little and produced by fellow-alumnus Adam Abel. The pair worked to make the war film appropriate for a broader audience while still accurately depicting the nature of war.
Just a year later Little aided in the production of a new BYUtv series, Granite Flats, written by BYU alum James Shores. The story is set in Colorado in 1962 and follows three 'amateur sleuths' and a police chief as they try to find explanations for strange happenings in their little town of Granite Flats.
- The Deseret News - How to make a war movie for a broader audience (16 Aug 2012)
- The Daily Herald - Filmmakers to Utah County: Here there be dragons (11 Feb 2010)
- The Daily Herald - Movie Review: Sports makes a man out of another young twerp in solid teen drama (24 Sept 2008)
- BYU Magazine - Nothing Little About Filmmaker's Ambitions (Summer 2007)
- The Universe - 'Saints and Soldiers' tells servicemen's WWII stories (5 Aug 2004)