Eric R. Williams
Area of Expertise
- Immersive Media (VR & AR)
- Video/Film Production
- International Projects
- Northwestern University; BSC
- Columbia University; MFA
Eric Williams writes, produces and directs both fiction and non-fiction projects. He works in traditional media as well as Virtual Reality 360-degree storytelling.
Some of his favorite projects include:
His work using Virtual Reality to capture real world emergency room traumas has been featured nationally in venues such as the Huffington Post.
His premier 360-degree Virtual Reality short film: Re: Disappearing was show in film festivals around the world, including:
- Beeston Underground FilmFest – England
- Buchheim Museum Exhibit – Germany
- Saigon Film Festival – Vietnam
- Seattle Transmedia Film Festival – USA
Adapting the anthology Voices from the Heartland into television series, (and winning the Ohio Arts Council award for “Individual Excellence in Screenwriting”);
Co-writing the comedy rap script Legendary with director Alfredo DeVilla (Nothing Like the Holidays);
Adapting Bill Littlefield's novel The Prospect.
Adapting Louis Urrea’s anthology Across the Wire.
Co-writing the web-series thriller SubterraNYa with Stephen Lancellotti (Digger 3D) for Fox Online.
His screenplay Crystal Messiah performed on Broadway after winning the WGA award for "Best New Script".
Producing bleeding-edge VR videos in a variety of intense medical situations in collaboration with OhioHealth in Columbus, and The Better Lab in San Francisco.
Directing his first 360-degree Virtual Reality film: Re: Disappearing and having it screen internationally that same year.
Co-producing and co-directing Guyana's first documentary television series, Guyana Pepperpot; exploring topics such as domestic violence, homelessness and teenage sexual behavior.
Creating and co-producing the reality show pilot Don’t Try This at Home for American Movie Classics (AMC);
Producing and directing the documentary, Breaking News: The Collision of Consumerism and Journalism in a Democracy; comparing capitalistic influences in the US and Ukraine;
Co-writing and co-directing the Emmy-Award-winning educational series What's the Problem?;
You can view some of professor Williams’ work (as well as the work of his students) on his vimeo page.[Password: EWCV]
- University Professor Award: Excellence in Teaching
- Honors Tutorial College: Distinguished Mentor Award
- Presidential Teaching Award: Finalist
Professional Awards and Accolades
- Innovation Strategy Award for Immersive Media
- Writers Guild of America: Best New Work
- Emmy Award (Interactive Media; Regional)
- Ohio Arts Council: Individual Excellence in Screenwriting
- Lifetime Honorary Membership into CineGuyana
- Lake Havasu International Film Festival: Best Editing
- Film Independent Producers Lab: Finalist
- Sundance Screenwriters' Lab: Semi-finalist
Books and Media by Eric R. Williams
- How to View and Appreciate Great Movies, distributed by The Great Courses.
- Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics, published by Focal Press/Routledge.
- The Screenwriters Taxonomy: A Collaborative Approach to Creative Storytelling, published by Taylor and Francis.
- Media and the Creative Process, published by Cognella Academic Publishing.