Ruan received a digital camera when he was still in high school. He started playing around with it and quite quickly was doing his own stop frame animation sequences.
This inspired him to study film at Pretoria Tech. On graduating, he was lucky enough to get a job loading on tv series, The Wild.
After 6 months, in a classic film industry “right place, right time” story, DOP Trevor A. Brown left The Wild to start Erfsondes and needed a focus puller so he took Ruan with him. It was a jump in headfirst kind of gamble and it paid off. Ruan is a remarkable focus puller with a truly instinctual, natural ability.