J. Allen Williams

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J. Allen Williams
Born
Jeffery Allen Williams

(1960-09-27) September 27, 1960 (age 58)
Other namesJeff Williams
Carmen Wilder
OccupationAnimator, writer, director
Years active1980–present
Websitewww.parallaxstudio.com

Jeffery Allen Williams (born September 27, 1960) is an American animator, writer, producer, actor, musician, and director. Williams founded Parallax Studio in Nixa, Missouri, and presently continues in the capacity of its CEO.[1] Williams is best known for writing, producing, directing, animating, engineering and editing the independent science fiction interactive computer game Darkstar: The Interactive Movie. He has also directed and produced two feature films: the fantasy thriller Everything, completed in 2017, and the science fiction film To Meet the Faces You Meet, currently in production.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the military hospital on Keesler Air Force Base. He was raised in the Springfield, Missouri, area, but later moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he studied illustration, animation, and filmmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute.

He began using the stage name "Carmen Wilder" and formed the progressive rock band Wilder in 1986 with the musicians Bill Bruce, Jimmy Pitts, Brent Frazier, and James Lee Dillard – all of whom would later participate in creating the Darkstar soundtrack.[2]

Career[edit]

Darkstar: The Interactive Movie[edit]

Williams is most known for having independently created the computer game Darkstar: The Interactive Movie over the course of a decade.[3] In an interview with Tom Chick at Fidget.com, Williams described his role in the production:

... right at 2000, I decided I was going to do something and I began production. And it just got bigger and bigger and bigger to the point that it kind of did itself. It kind of went out of control. I just wrote the thing and because I'm just one guy doing most of this – I mean, I've probably involved a hundred people to help me, doing sound and camera and all different things, but I bring them in as contract type stuff. But I'm kind of hands-on with every single thing, so that's the bottleneck. One guy being OCD and having to keep control over the whole thing.[4]

Darkstar features actor Clive Robertson (Sunset Beach),[5] the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000,[6] animations by artist Richard Corben,[7] and the final work of the late actor Peter Graves who narrated the game. Darkstar was released on November 5, 2010 through the Darkstar website and as a downloadable program through Strategy First.

Williams designed various costumes and props for Darkstar. He is one of the three credited composers of the soundtrack, alongside Jimmy Pitts and Bill Bruce.[8]

Everything[edit]

In 2013, Williams and Parallax Studio began production on the independent film Everything, written and directed by Williams. The film was completed in 2017.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Williams lives in Nixa, Missouri. He has a son, Chance, and a daughter, Maggie. Maggie Williams provided voice talent in Darkstar for the quirky robot MAGS (Motorized Automated Girl for Simon), a character that she also created.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited Director Credited Producer Credited Writer Credited Actor Credited Role Notes
2010 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie Yes Yes Yes Yes Dean Wilder video game
2017 Everything Yes Yes Yes Yes Dahl Isaac Everheardt
2020 To Meet the Faces You Meet Yes Yes Yes In production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilding, Robin (November 11, 2011). "Jeff Williams of Parallax Studio Discusses Sticking with the Basics in Animation Today". AnimationCareerReview. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Official Carmen Wilder website
  3. ^ Jong, Philip (December 21, 2010). "J. Allen Williams interview". Adventure Classic Gaming. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Interview at Fidget.com
  5. ^ CliveRobertson.110.com
  6. ^ MST3Kinfo.com
  7. ^ CorbenStudios.com
  8. ^ Darkstar Soundtrack Sample
  9. ^ Henry, Lindsey (May 2, 2014). "Locally produced movie, shot world wide". KY3. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Community closeup: Springfield filmmaker on KSPR". KSPR. May 5, 2014. Archived from the original on May 6, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "EVERYTHING". Kickstarter. May 10, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2016.

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