Meet the Filmmaker: William Briggs, “Darling Nikki”

EFP: 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 me 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.

EFP: What are we going to see at EFP? 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!  Stephen edited and although it didn’t win anything in the challenge, the “director’s cut” actually showed at the CO Film Incubator afterwards.

EFP: What else are you working on?

WB: After Herculean effort, a feature length romantic comedy mockumentary I co-wrote “ColoradoLand” is available on Amazon Video. I am now editing and color-grading three 20-minute parts of Episode 1 for the Replicant Terminus: Revelation series based on the BladeRunner universe. We are actively in production on Episode 3 (two 20 minute parts) which I wrote over a Covid furlough which I am producing and directing. I was lucky enough to lead a dream-team for this year’s 48-hour film race and we created a mystery “Moving Flowers” which has subsequently been accepted to a few mystery/crime festivals.  I am also involved with “The 999th” anime style short film nearing completion.  And I have many other ideas at various treatment stages including a western and a wuxia.

EFP: 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 names and vocabulary 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!

EFP: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

WB: Bio: http://www.imdb.me/WilliamBriggs

CoLand: https://www.amazon.com/COLORADOLAND-Pam-Renall/dp/B08XW53WFS

MovingFlowers: https://vimeo.com/598712362

The999th:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AstivFm8t-I

EFP: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

WB: I love EFP and the Bug and its 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. Vive Le Bogue!

Darling Nikki will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.