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Meet the Filmmaker: William Briggs, “Darling Nikki”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
WB: I have always been a story-teller and can spin a yarn about the most innocuous of events of my life. I love engaging with people at a “human experience” level, and laughing at myself is a virtue. Despite that, it took my until just a few years ago to find my voice and actually write-write. Since then I cannot seem to stop the flood of stories and have recently been composing 3 scripts at once.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
WB: This was a fun little effort for the annual “24-hour film race” where we had from 8PM Friday through 8PM Saturday to create a film from nothing more than a theme, a prop, and an action. Christian Chacon got a bunch of friends together to throw our proverbial hat in the ring. He, Marla Kalin, and I wrote for a few hours, then Stephen Steinbacher directed and he and Milad Sami filmed. Bruce Miles produced. And a whole cast of crazies stayed up all night to act!

Q: What else are you working on?
WB: Our feature length romantic comedy mockumentary ColoradoLand is premiering for family & friends March 15th. We just wrapped episode 1 of Replicant Terminus: Revelation series based on the BladeRunner universe on which I’m an active writer. I am in production on my short film noir thriller Silk. And I am composing an unusual western.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
WB: In my solo work I am a word-smith and very particular about word choice for characters. I also try to sprinkle-in literary or film allusions into all I do — we stand on the shoulders of giants, after all, and emulation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
WB:
imdb.me/WilliamBriggs
facebook.com/ColoLand
facebook.com/SilkMovieProject
facebook.com/ReplicantTerminusRevelation

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
WB: I love the EFP and the Bug and it’s board. They are keeping indie film alive: from cell-phone movies to Red camera films, silents, experimental, regional. They give us all a moment to shine, to have our voices heard, to connect with others and support each other.

Darling Nikki will screen Saturday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Evening Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmaker: William Briggs, “Silk” (teaser)

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
WB: We would visit my creative older cousins in the summers and we would make crazy kiddish films on super-8. We did super hero films, and Dungeons & Dragons, mad scientists. And then when VHS came out I wrote and directed our first talkie Dracula’s Daughter, as well as two 20 minute episodes of Doctor Who.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
WB: This is a 3-minute “teaser” for Silk a 30-minute short film noir in pre-production. It’s the debut and we’re going to post it to raise some funding for a real location shoot, etc.

Q: What else are you working on?
WB: Other than full steam ahead on Silk, I am writing a magic-fu action film next, hoping to do a little green-screen and wire-work, with other seed ideas already in the pipeline. I also just finished co-writing an episode for the upcoming Replicant Terminus: Revelations TV series.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
WB: Well, if I ever get a studio started I’ll probably call it “Silent Sickies” because that’s what we called the old Super-8 films. Also, that Dr. Who film? Yeah, I sent it to Tom Baker who was gracious enough to actually write me a post card which I’ve kept ever since.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
WB: Well I am in IMDB and have a YouTube channel I am starting where I will start uploading those films over time for my cousins & family to see.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
WB: It’s an awesome forum for everyone to get their visions seen by all — I’ve been coming for teo years and its always so friendly and collaborative — it’s just a great experience to be up close and personal with local film makers! I am so honored to be included in the year-end Palooza!

Silk (teaser) will screen Saturday, February 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Colorado Sneak Peek block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmaker: William Briggs, “Silk” (teaser)

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
WB: We would visit my creative older cousins in the summers and we would make crazy kiddish films on super-8. We did super hero films, and Dungeons & Dragons, mad scientists. And then when VHS came out I wrote and directed our first talkie Dracula’s Daughter, as well as two 20 minute episodes of Doctor Who.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
WB: This is a 3-minute “teaser” for Silk a 30-minute short film noir in pre-production. It’s the debut and we’re going to post it to raise some funding for a real location shoot, etc.

Q: What else are you working on?
WB: Other than full steam ahead on Silk, I am writing a magic-fu action film next, hoping to do a little green-screen and wire-work, with other seed ideas already in the pipeline. Be gestation time is great.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
WB: Well, if I ever get a studio started I’ll probably call it Silent Sickies because that’s what we called the old Super-8 films. Also, that Dr. Who film? Yeah, I sent it to Tom Baker who was gracious enough to actually write me a post card which I’ve kept ever since.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
WB: I am silent.sickies@gmail.com and have a YouTube channel as well where I will start uploading those films over time for my cousins to see.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
WB: It’s an awesome forum for everyone to get their visions seen by all — I’ve been coming for a year-and-a-half and its always so friendly and collaborative — it’s just a great experience to be up close and personal with local film makers!

Silk (teaser) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, November 15th at The Bug Theatre.