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.