A multi-disciplined artist working in film, television and video games, William Hawk Edwards (Will) has always loved telling stories. Born in Madison, WI, Will began his love of art taking up drawing at the age of five, developing his skills by emulating his favorite comic book artists. His father's career as an antique picker/dealer allowed unprecedented access to some of Wisconsin's most unique and talented artists, including the amazing Tom Every, creator of "The Forevertron" (in his guise as Dr. Everemore), and Alex Jordan, creator of "The House on the Rock". Influenced by these artists, Will's interests diversified into sculpting, painting, acting and ultimately film making. At age 13, he made his first film, and by the end of high school he had completed a large number of sci-fi and fantasy amateur films. Along the way, his skills grew to include, cinematography, lighting, costuming, effects makeup, set design and model building.
Will's career followed a varied and interesting path leading him into freelance illustration, commercial and industrial film production, acting, make up effects and video games. Yet, at the heart of this diversity is the ongoing goal of sharing with the audience a vision that is thought provoking, artistically engaging, and inspiring.
As a filmmaker, Will has contributed to numerous award-winning projects both in front of and behind the camera. Clients have included: S.C. Johnson Wax, Mitsubishi, Miller Brewing Company, Fiskars, Graftobian Makeup Company, and Pegasus Games, to name a few. His video game credits include: serving as the Assets Manager for X-Men: Legends, X-Men: Legends II - Rise of Apocalypse, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Wolfenstein, while employed at Raven Software in Madison. Later, moving to Houston, TX, Will became Art Director for Pi Studios working on such titles as: Rock Band, Call of Duty, Mercenaries 2, and others.
A big believer in Wisconsin's potential as a host for the film and media industries, William continues to develop various projects in Wisconsin and was one of the founding members of Film Wisconsin.
Name: William Hawk Edwards
Lives in: Madison, Wisconsin
Company: Wild Hawk Entertainment
Occupation: Actor, Art Director, Director, Producer, Production Designer and Makeup Artist
Television (Comedy) Art department Lovable young film student Nadia Klempner has one very quirky habit: she sees her life through the lens of the classic films her family loves so much. Unable to afford her dream college, USC, Nadia is forced to stay home in rural Wisconsin and try to realize her big Hollywood dreams at a small-town community college. Nadia's older sister and mentor, Alex, has recently come home from a stalled attempt at acting in LA. Their parents, Kurt and Maria, own a local cinema and video store that's hanging on for dear life. And Riley, her new best friend, becomes her muse and creative partner as they help each other find the next rung on the unsteady ladder of success.
Film (Short, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Makeup Department A young boy discovers the lengths his adoptive parents have gone to, while trying to unlock the powers he might have inherited from his biological superparents.
Two for the Money
Film (Short, Action and Thriller) Makeup Department 2 estranged sisters meet up to save an old friend from a violent loan shark.
Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Actor A newly wed housewife is trying to come to terms with her entrepreneur husband's busy schedule. He has the whole town raving about his new frying pan, but a tainted glass of wine has her seeing him in a whole new light.
Hobo with a Trash Can
Film (Action, Comedy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Actor Retroville is a strange place; backwards, yet modern. A city with a small town mentality. Contained as if in a time capsule, yet still influenced by & influential to the outside world. One person knows what lurks behind the 'quaint' facade. Meet Bo, a vagrant with the gift of 'vision'. He sees more than his next meal in the garbage. The truth is in the trash! Written by Claire 'Fluff' Llewellyn
Video Game (Music) Art director Rock Band allows up to four players to simulate the performance of popular rock songs by playing with controllers modeled after musical instruments, such as lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Video Game (Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Art department Marvel Comics' greatest superheroes must band together to uncover the mystery behind Doctor Doom's blatant attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
Video Game (Action and Sci-Fi) Art department In the sequel to the successful game X-Men Legends, Professor Xavier's X-Men must now form an uneasy alliance with their enemy Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants in order to defeat a common enemy...Apocolypse, the first and most powerful mutant in existence. Written by TB4000
Video Game (Action and Sci-Fi) Art department You play the X-Men as they battle against the forces of evil be it mutant haters with their Sentinels or Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants.