In 2004, Ryan Smith co-founded Franklin, TN-based Seabourne Pictures, for the purpose of developing feature film content. In the years following, the company produced several music videos and short films, including the shorts "Relapse" and "Devil's Shoestring", which Smith wrote and directed.
In 2009, Smith embarked on what would become a three-year journey to make his feature film debut, AFTER, starring Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra. A fantasy thriller set in a mysteriously vacant small town, the film was made with limited resources, but quickly garnered attention for its slick execution. JoBlo's Arrowinthehead.com says, "There are several nifty sights in AFTER that any $100 million Hollywood product would be happy to have…Ryan Smith is truly a director to keep an eye on!"
AFTER was released in theaters on September 14th, 2012.