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Considered by some to be the foremost authority on the business of film and video, science fiction, and advertising.

Background Information

I grew up reading Edgar Rice Burrows and Robert A Heinlein. This misdirected life started in 4th grade when I finished all the action, adventure, sea, western, and mystery books in the elementary school library (and a few romances). I was sent to the base library in Langley, VA, with a note saying I needed reading material for class. The librarian hauled me over to the youth section and handed me a book titled The Year of the Angry Rabbit. By the end of the year I had read every sci-fi book in the library, including the more adult works like Brave New World, Forbidden World, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and 1984, with all of Poe and Norton (pre-1962) thrown in for spice. I was ruined for life.

Then in high school I met writers like Asimov, Clark, and Heinlein. Heinlein led me to read the Bible (seriously), Koran, Upanishads, Avestan and other religious works.

Then there was the poetry of Dylan, Cohen, and Tom Rapp.

Of course I had to write. Do you think there was any other choice available?

Birth Place
Phoenix, AZ USA

Awards and Honors

Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Entertainment 1989-90 & 1991-92, Marquis Who's Who In The World 1991 & 1996, Marquis Who's Who In America 1995 & 1996, and Sterling's Who's Who, 1995.


The Lair
Excellent Rating, 1996 Interscholastic League Press Conference
Excellent Rating, 1997 Interscholastic League Press Conference
Numerous individual staff awards, including three "Tops in Texas," 1996

The Tiger Rag
Excellent Rating, 1998 Interscholastic League Press Conference
First Place w/Special Merit, 1998 ASPA
Best Front Page, 1998ASPA

OSU Telecomm Screen Writer's Contest (1st Place)
American Sojourners Americanism Essay (1st Place)
American Cancer Society Essay (1st Place)
Underwriter's Laboratory Essay (1st Place)
Bell Productions Play Writing Contest (2nd Place)
Quill and Scroll Honor Society Excellence In Writing


Proctor & Gamble 'Axion' Photo Award (5th Place)

US 8th Air Force Photography Awards
Color Transparencies/Experimental (1st Place)
Black and White Print/Scenic (Hon. Mention)
McConnell AFB Photography Awards:
8 prints, various categories (Hon. Mention)

Keesler AFB Photography Awards
Color Transparencies/Experimental (1st Place)
Color Transparencies/Scenic (1st Place)
Color Print/Close-up (1st Place)
Black & White Prints/Experimental (3rd Place)
15 prints, various categories (Hon. Mention)


International Thespian Society Directing (1st Place)
Tehran Community Student Directing (1st Place)
Taming of the Shrew (producer) chosen for special performances at the Ohio Theater
Black Comedy (Brinsley Miller) chosen for a command performance for the Empress of Iran (1969)
10 Night In A Barroom (Willie Hammond) chosen for a command performance for the Empress of Iran (1970) and for a stat-sponsored two month tour

Additional Information

Former technical editor for Government Video News Former managing editor for Sight and Sound Magazine

Favorite Links

James Willis Portfolio
Just a comment on some of my past media experience.

Theater in Education
My Master's thesis. How the heck did that get published????

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