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J. Lee Williams

Director of Stuff + Things

J. Lee Williams is an award-winning Film, Virtual Reality and Commercial Director who has 20+ years experience working in the entertainment and production field.  Aside from directing, he has also been an active Visual Effects Supervisor since 2010 and has clocked thousands of hours working on set helping many directors see their visions come to life. 

He is the founder of the Immersive/Interactive Experience company OCCUPIED VR where he directed the award-winning film CUT-OFF VR, a VICE Media and OCCUPIED co-production that profiles Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he visits Northern indigenous communities. CUT-OFF was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2016.  J.lee has developed Immersive Experiences for such brands as: Fifa, Facebook, Nike, Intel, Lincoln, Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal Media, Samsung, RSA, and VICE to name a few.  J. Lee’s  most notable achievements under OCCUPIED are, the “LIGHTCATCHER” Series he co-created and directed for Ridley Scott’s RSA production company and BODY.MIND.CHANGE, a transmedia film starring David Cronenberg for the CFC Media Lab, produced by Ana Serrano.

 

 J.Lee is also the Founder of 1188 Films, one of Canada’s Top Commercial Production companies marrying film, visual effects, animation and design into compelling multi-platform experiences. His most notable projects under 1188 are, a series of commercials he directed for Coca-Cola and helping Much Music and MTV win 29 Promax awards for visual effects and animation. 

 

Over his career, J. Lee Williams has spent most of his time focusing on the development of his companies, but now that those companies are self-sustaining his focus has shifted back to his love and passion for Film, he wants to spend this next chapter of his life watching his own stories come to fruition on screen.

Awards

TRIBECCA 2018

Official Selection
Lightcatcher

CSA 2017

Nominated
Vice: Cut-Off

CANNE 2016

Official Selection
Body.Mind.Change.

VIFF 2018

TIFF 2018

GIFF 2017. MEXICO

Official Selection
Lightcatcher

Official Selection
Sharkwater VR

Official Selection
Body.Mind.Change

TRIBECCA 2017

Official Selection
Lincoln VR


MMVA, Best Post Production (WINNER), 2015
Zeds Dead ‘Lost You’

MMVA, Best Post Production (Nominated), 2014
Hedley ‘Crazy For You'

18th Annual Webby Awards: Game (Honouree), 2014
Body.Mind.Change

OMA Awards: Excellence in Special Project’s (WINNER) 2014

Body.Mind.Change

MUSE Awards: Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award (WINNER), 2014 Body.Mind.Change

MUSE Awards: Games and Augmented Reality, (Honorable Mention), 2014
Body.Mind.Change

ProMax BDA North America 2014
Interstitial/”Promo-Tainment”/General Program Wraps Campaign (GOLD)
Much: North Park

ProMax BDA North America 2014
Comedy Program Campaign (GOLD)
Much: North Park

ProMax BDA North America 2014
Animation (GOLD)
Much: North Park

ProMax BDA World 2014
Comedy Program Campaign (GOLD)
Much: North Park

ProMax BDA World 2014
Interstitial/”Promo-Tainment”/General Program Wraps Campaign (GOLD)
Much: North Park

ProMax BDA World 2014
Art Direction & Design: Program Promotion Website (BRONZE)
Much: The Big Jingle


2013
ProMax BDA World 2013
Entertainment Program Campaign (BRONZE)
Muchmusic – 2012 Mmvas

ProMax BDA World 2013
Interstitial/Program/Brand Integrated Program Wraps (SILVER)


Muchmusic – Halloween Electric Circus Dance Central

ProMax BDA World 2013

Interstitial/Program/Brand Integrated Program Wraps (Gold)
 

Muchmusic – Subway Spots

ProMax BDA World 2013
Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program Spot (Silver)

 

Muchmusic – 2012 Mmvas Host Spot

ProMax BDA North America 2013
Best Channel Holiday/Special Event Spot (BRONZE)

 

2012 MMVAS Host Spot

ProMax BDA North America 2013

Best Channel Holiday/Special Event Spot (BRONZE)
 

2012 MMVAS Host Spot

ProMax BDA North America 2013
Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program Spot (SILVER)

 

Muchmusic – Big Jingle

ProMax BDA North America 2013
Stunt Promotion – On-Air Only (BRONZE)

 

Muchmusic – Big Jingle

ProMax BDA North America 2013
Art Direction & Design: News Program Informational Graphics (SILVER)


Ctv National News – Filter Focus

ProMax BDA North America 2013
Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program Spot (GOLD)

 

Muchmusic – Big Jingle

ProMax BDA North America 2013


Best Work Never Seen (SILVER)
Mtv Canada – Mtv Mobile App

2012
MMVA, Best Post Production (WINNER), 2012
Down With Webster ‘Big Wheels’

2007
MMVA, Best Post Production (Nominated), 2007
Cadence Weapon ‘Sharks’

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