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    My Name is Will Thwaites

    I make films, I take photos, I produce radio (in no particular order).


    A brief biography, a few humble brags, and the clients I've worked with

    Some words about me

    Filmmaker, Photographer, Radio Producer

    Hello there!

    I am a 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame

    Film and economics were my majors. The latter kept my parents happy, the former kept me sane. Documentary filmmaking is my trade, and I specialize in films about nonprofit organizations. Photography and radio production are secondary pursuits, but passions of mine nonetheless.


    Things I'm doing, things I've done.

    March 15, 2013

    Scion Motivate Winner, CA

    December 27, 2012

    Marquee NYE Blog Post Winner, IL

    May 20, 2012

    Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, IN

    December 1, 2011

    UROP Grant Winner, IN

    March 3, 2011

    European Film Studies Grant Winner, IN


    Things that have been written about me

    Scion Motivate

    In March of 2013, I was one of ten winners selected at the Scion Motivate Conference. My entry was a business plan for a documentary production company that reimagines financing for films about noble causes.

    Young Alumni Blog

    My win at Scion Motivate scored me a write up in the Notre Dame Young Alumni Blog (though some of their information was inaccurate).


    Photos I took of local Chicago bands were recently reatured on the blog Do312.

    Dancing Astronaut

    Having won the Marquee NYE Blog Post Contest, my write up about Porter Robinson's New Years Eve performance was featured on Dancing Atronaut's homepage.

    Recent clients

    These are people I've worked with/for


    I specialize in short form documentaries but have been known to make narrative films on the side.

    Will Thwaites - Documentary Reel

    This is my a documentary reel. I work as a director, camera operator, and editor.

    Red Line Reconstruction

    Jahmal cole, a community activist from the Chicago's South Side, asks if the Red Line shutting down is an inconvenience, an injustice, or an improvement.

    Krumnow vs Krumnow

    Two brothers run against each other in a town of 1500.

    A Lunch with Buskers

    A vibrant collage of performers line the streets of Paris each day. Is their presence enriching to both visitor and citizen, or are they simply a nuisance?

    Get on the Bus

    Children visit their incarcerated parents in California prisons on Mother's Day and Father's.

    Scion Motivate Entry Video

    This 60 second video was part of my entry for the Scion Motivate Conference, which I went on to win.

    South Side Safari Teaser

    A small excerpt from the upcoming docu-short: "South Side Safari".


    The pressures of a child custody hearing take their toll on a mother and her daughter.


    Please feel free to contact me with inquiries about past and future work.

    Get in touch with me
    • Address: 200 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606
    • Phone: (440) 679 0608
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