Student Profile Rian Williams

Although writing scripts in elementary school, Rian Williams, class of 2017, is honing skills as a double major in psychology and criminal justice with a minor in film studies. Williams, scriptwriter, director, and actor, worked with fellow student Alyssa Bybee, assistant director, actor, and cinematographer, to produce Insurration for their film production class with Professor Georg Koszulinski. The 10-minute short film is a psychological horror drama about a young medical student, Nicole, who believes her sister is being possessed and is willing to go to any extreme to save her.

The film premiered at the Seattle University student film festival in the spring of 2015. This past fall, Insurration was part of an online independent film festival. That led to a feature spread in Cinewoman magazine.

Williams is the founder of Sanguinarium Productions, an independent film company that has already produced 10 short films and has plans for 2 features, including a full-length version of Insurration. In addition to classwork, film writing, and production schedule, Williams finds time to act in local productions, including Bye Bye Birdie this past spring.

Williams came to Seattle University for its outstanding Criminal Justice Department with its undergraduate specialization in forensic psychology and enjoys learning about the criminal mindset and behavior.

“Psychology and criminal justice give me good ideas,” she said. “Filmmaking is a secondary outlet for me but not a career choice.”

Williams plans to continue making independent films that “break reality and push people’s buttons” but hopes to go to graduate school in criminal justice. Eventually, Williams would like to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and focus on helping adolescents and young adults, especially those with eating disorders.  

You can watch Insurration on YouTube here.

Published June 14, 2016