Steve Williams (animator)

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Steve Williams
Born 1962[1]
Ontario, Canada
Other names Steve 'Spaz' Williams
Occupation Visual effects artist, animator and director
Years active 1977–2006

Steve 'Spaz' Williams (born 1962) is a Canadian special effects artist and animator.


Williams studied animation at Sheridan College, graduating in 1984.[2] During the summers he would work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Computer Laboratory, learning more about computer animation. After graduation, he went on to work at Alias Research (currently a part of Autodesk) in Toronto. He acted as the company's spokesperson, leading to a job at Industrial Light & Magic in 1988.[3] ILM had purchased Silicon Graphics computers to create the computer-generated effects in The Abyss, and said workstations used Alias modeling software. Along with animators Mark A.Z. Dippé, Scott E. Anderson and Jay Riddle, Williams helped develop a photorealistic alien pseudopod made out of seawater, which later earned the film an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.[4] Continuing at ILM, Williams worked in two more breakthrough moments of CG effects that earned the company more Oscars: the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), a liquid metal robot that evolved from the work done in The Abyss;[5] and the Tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park (1993).[6]

As the chief computer graphics animator of The Mask, Williams shared a nomination for Best Visual Effects (along with Tom Bertino, Jon Farhat and Scott Squires) at the 67th Academy Awards.[7] Williams left ILM along with Dippé following their work in Spawn (1997), which Dippé directed with Williams being the effects supervisor and second unit director. Along with a job at New Line Productions,[8] Williams opened Hoytyboy Productions in San Francisco. Hoytyboy's biggest work was 2006's The Wild for Walt Disney Pictures, which Williams directed.[9] He also directed more than 200 commercials for 1997 and 2010, for clients including Capital One, Toyota, AT&T, Lexus and McDonald's.[10]

As of 2012, Williams continues directing commercials, and teaches a class on Directing for Film and Animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Sito (2013). Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation. MIT Press. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-0-262-01909-5. 
  2. ^ Steve "Spaz" Williams, Sheridan College
  3. ^ a b Craig Barr (October 15, 2012) CG Evolution/Film Revolution: A Q+A with Steve "Spaz" Williams.
  4. ^ Tom Sito (2013). Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation. MIT Press. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-0-262-01909-5. 
  5. ^ Richard Corliss (June 24, 2001) They Put The ILM In Film. Time
  6. ^ Kirsten Acuna (July 11, 2014) How 4 Minutes Of CGI Dinosaurs In ‘Jurassic Park’ Took A Year To Make.
  7. ^ "The 67th Academy Awards (1995) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Edward Guthmann (July 27, 1997) The `Spaz' Who Spawned His Own Style / Computer animator Steve Williams doesn't look or think like a typical designer. San Francisco Chronicle.
  9. ^ Joe Strike (April 14, 2006) Disney Goes 'Wild'.
  10. ^ Kreative Kontent Repping Steve 'Spaz' Williams. 2013

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