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Director: Chris Williams
Producer: Chuck Williams
Music: John Brion
Conceived and directed by Chris Williams (who makes his feature directing debut later this year with Disney’s animated comedy-fantasy Bolt), Glago’s Guest follows the intriguing and thought-provoking story of a lonely Russian soldier stationed in a remote Siberian outpost. When the soldier’s solitude is interrupted one day by the arrival of a strange new “guest,” Glago is jolted out of his uneventful daily routine but soon comes to realize that things aren’t always what they appear to be. With its bold art direction, stark but stylish depiction of the frozen Russian landscape, and inspired computer-animation, Glago’s Guest is an exciting, entertaining, and original short film that uses the medium to full advantage.
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Chris Williams (Director) has been an important part of the Walt Disney Studios for 14 years joining the Florida Animation Studio as an intern in 1994. Chris was a key member of the Mulan story team, the first feature film done entirely at the Florida Studio. After completing his work on Mulan, he relocated to the California Studio where he pitched the idea and wrote the story that became The Emperor’s New Groove. Chris was nominated for an Annie award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Presentation for his work on The Emperor’s New Groove.
During Williams’ time in the story department, he has led the development of several feature and short film ideas. Most recently he wrote and directed Disney’s first CG short, Glago’s Guest, which premiered in June at Annecy International Film Festival and will be released in theaters attached to Bolt this Thanksgiving. John Lasseter was so impressed with Chris’ storytelling and directing that he hand-picked Chris to helm the studio’s Thanksgiving 2009 feature, Bolt. Williams makes his debut as a feature animated film director alongside Byron Howard on the project which will be released Thanksgiving 2008.
Williams earned a fine arts degree from the University of Waterloo as well as completing two summer programs at Sheridan College. Growing up in Canada, Williams recalls his mother’s wish for him to attend the nearby, well-known Canadian art school, Sheridan College. Williams also recalls not fully realizing his interest in the animation field before attending the two summer programs at Sheridan.
Williams resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter.