William StradleyBaton Rouge Film Connection

Major: Directing

My name is Will, and I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ever since I was young, I wanted to do something in film. During my last year of high school, I started working on my first project with some friends. This was a street-racing short film using scale model R/C cars and forced perspective. As could be expected, this project was shelved as we all left for different colleges.

While in college I experimented with iMovie software, making montage-style music videos with clips from my favorite movies. Creating these music videos awakened a new interest in editing. After my first year of college, I started working on my second project, which was a Star Wars-like movie written by a friend. During this project I started using Adobe After Effects because I was in charge of rotoscoping the lightsaber. I was also the choreographer of the fight scenes. We had a lot of fun practicing for this film; however, due to creative differences, the project fell through. I kept working with After Effects, though, delving deeper into the post-production side of things. I even tried my hand at Blender, but I'm still not proficient with it yet.

After a while, I decided to tell my own stories. So, I began writing a Vietnam war story with the intention of making a film. That project was exciting and very promising. Unfortunately, my finances kept me from completing it at that time. After I finished writing the Vietnam story, I immediately start writing a horror story, having been inspired by the horror greats of the 1980's. Scheduling conflicts with the cast forced me to put this project on the shelf. So, I started writing again. This time, it was a comedy inspired by the web series Red vs Blue, created by RoosterTeeth. My plan was to incorporate live action and animation, using the Halo video game. Because it required special equipment necessary to capture the video, this project had to be postponed, as well.

Shortly after this latest disappointment, I discovered Film Connection. I was skeptical at first. It really did seem too good to be true. However, the more I researched, the more I realized this was the real deal. I knew Film Connection could help me with my film-making dreams, from writing to directing to editing. This is not the end of the story; I am just starting out. I hope that, with the knowledge and experience I will gain from Film Connection, all of the projects "on my shelf" will be coming to a theater near you some day. Expect much more out of me in the future.

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Directorial DebutPosted by William Stradley on 2014-09-04

I recently made my directorial debut. It's nothing fancy just a short 2 minute video on youtube, but hey you've got to start somewhere right? I've directed plenty of things in my head when I'm writing scripts but this is the first time I've actually directed a project... Read More >>