William Arntz graduated summa cum laude in 1972 from Penn State University with a degree in Engineering Science then worked as a research physicist with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft on the first wave optics simulator for high-energy gas dynamic laser weapons (a.k.a. “Star Wars”). After two years he reunited with a longtime friend who was enrolled in the Master’s Degree film program at Boston University. Together they created, Beat the Deva, a one-hour animated film noir, which won a Cine Eagle, the Kenyon Film Festival, and was distributed on the art house circuit. Upon completion of the film in 1980, William moved to California and became a Buddhist.
In the late 80’s his Buddhist teacher assigned him the task of using his meditation/visualization skills to create computer software. With $100,000 in savings and no business experience, in five months William wrote AutoSys – a distributed job scheduler and one of the most widely used pieces of System Management software ever written, used by such clients as Merrill Lynch, NASA, ILM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, and Boeing. In 1995 William devised a second successful software product, which he sold nine months later. “Retiring” for the 3rd time he finally decided to unite his four great passions: (1) leading edge science, (2) spirituality (3) filmmaking and (4) computers. The result? The creation of What the BLEEP Do We Know?!