Brett Williams

Brett has been involved in filmmaking for many years both as a writer and a director. Brett’s last project was the feature film Mixed Emulsions, which he both wrote and directed. He has a degree in Media Production from the University of Houston.

Dust Films

Infinity 7

Q & A

If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?

The answer for me would obviously be the world of Star Wars. I’d find a ship, Millennium Falcon sized, and putz around the galaxy and just check it all out and explore. It’d be a ton of fun.

Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?

Rick Deckard. He just wanted to be left alone! Why did they need him to hunt down the Replicants? He just wanted to eat his noodles in peace!

Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?

That would be… odd. Machines emulating people has always been weird. I’ve read some AI generated screenplays though, and there are some pretty funny ones. Who knows?

In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?

Harrison Ford and Michael Keaton as Batman

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

One idea that didn’t pan out but I wish it had was that we were going to use a physical model for the capsule instead of CG. Unfortunately it was complicated to find a place to shoot and we were running out of time and ultimately we had too many other things to do. But in the future I absolutely want to incorporate miniatures.

Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?

This is my first sci-fi film (and hopefully not last). I don’t tend to limit the films I work on by genre. I like the challenge of trying new things. My first feature was a romantic drama. This is historical sci-fi. Next film will likely be a fantasy western… I like making new things.

Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?

I love the aesthetic of analog, but I’m a digital person by necessity. To make the things I want to make, theres no other way. The tools we have at our fingertips are incredible. But I try to re-introduce some of that analog charm. I always try to get my footage a little dirty.

When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

Since Infinity 7 was supposed to be a Mercury flight, we had a ton of NASA reference imagery to go off of. If you compare the set we built, its near identical to the real thing. Now that the film is done, I’m tinkering on making it into a kind of simulator. Mount an old monitor outside the window and play earth footage. It’ll be great!

Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?

Star Wars - hands down! Philip K. Dick, Both. Best used together. Dystopia, Pre-Apocalypse.