William Vaughan is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams.
Actually… that’s a plot synopsis from one of his favorite films, Brazil, by Terry Gilliam.
Originally from Texas, now happily residing in New York, William Vaughan has been creating characters and telling stories his entire life. He has created thousands of original computer-generated characters, including Tofu the Vegan Zombie, a character featured in an animated short film that has been shown at film festivals worldwide. Tofu the Vegan Zombie is also sold as a collectible toy from Philly-based toy company, Applehead factory, where William is the Creative Director.
William’s CG work can be seen in all types of media:
Children’s books, Print (Fortune, Macworld, Rolling Stone, Entertainment weekly, to name a few), Multimedia, Toys (Sculpted toys for Pokemon, Polly Pocket, Littlest Pet Shop and more), Commercials (Compaq, Care Bears and Sky Dancers), Video Games, and Film (worked with Pixar Animation Studios on characters for “Partly Cloudy”).
For several years, William was the Director of Industry Relations and Head of Curriculum at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. He has personally trained hundreds of students to become professional animators at major studios such as Rhythm and Hues, Digital Domain and EA Sports. Among his prized pupils: the art department at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and actor Dick Van Dyke.
For over six years, He played a major role in the evolution of the industry-leading software, LightWave 3D, that is used in all areas of the cg industry. While working for NewTek as its LightWave Evangelist, he helped write the manual, as well as provided the training for CGI artists throughout the world, authoring more than 300 tutorials and instructional videos. His online tutorials are required reading for anyone learning 3D.
William has been published by every major CGI magazine, as well as contributing to 17 books. His writing is not limited to tutorials and case studies, though, he has also written and directed several award-winning films such as Batman: New Times, X-Men: Dark Tide and Spoonman.
His career path has led him to New York City, where he was Animation Director at Splashlight, before finding a home at WorldWide Biggies, where he continues his duties as an Animation Director, working on several projects that include content for the iPhone and iPad, as well as pilots for television shows and movies.