Professor Eric Williams, M.F.A.

Professor Eric Williams
  • Ohio University
  • Columbia University
Film, as an art form, helps us to define our experience of the world, and other worlds.

Eric R. Williams is a Professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on screenwriting, film, and virtual reality production. He is also the director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University. Professor Williams received his bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Education from Northwestern University, and he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia University.

Before directing his first feature film, Professor Williams worked as a cinematographer and assistant director in New York City. He has written more than 30 screenplays. He has also written, produced, and directed for companies such as Workshop Productions, Liam Films, American Movie Classics, Fox Interactive, and Universal Studios.

Professor Williams’s films and screenplays have won the Best New Work award from the Writers Guild of America and the Individual Excellence Award in screenwriting from the Ohio Arts Council. His film Breaking News was selected as one of the “Top Five Films Not to Miss” by the Athens Independent Film Society at the Athens International Film and Video Festival. At Ohio University, he received the University Professor Award for excellence in teaching, and he was also a finalist for the Presidential Teacher Award.

Professor Williams co-edited the book Media and the Creative Process. He is also the author of two other books: Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics and The Screenwriters Taxonomy.

When he is not writing, producing, or directing, Professor Williams enjoys working on international media education projects and he frequently travels to South America and Eastern Europe. His dedication to teaching was recognized by the president of Guyana, where he was awarded a lifetime honorary membership to the CineGuyana society.

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  1. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies

    Eric Williams
    4 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Gain a new set of creative and analytical tools to bring with you to the movies, enhancing your enjoyment and viewing experience for any film.
  2. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Screenwriting 101 Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Screenwriting 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    If you love movies, you can’t miss this two-course set that gives you a new way to watch your favorites. Pull back the curtain on the magic of movie making and learn how to view, understand, analyze, and appreciate movies with a film critic’s eye with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen with Screenwriting 101: Mastering the...
  3. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & How to Look at and Understand Great Art Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Learn the difference between viewing and appreciating art and media with this two-course set. Stop simply watching movies—experience them like never before with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, embark on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements of craft and technique with How to Look at and...
  4. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Look at art through a whole new lens with this two-course set. Start by gaining a new set of creative and analytical tools to bring with you to the movies with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience with Fundamentals of Photography.
  5. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Writing Great Fiction Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Pull back the curtain on what makes a good story with this two-course set. Open your eyes and mind to the value of classic films with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, from evoking a scene to charting a plot to selecting a point of view, enjoy a master class in storytelling with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.