William Donaruma grew up in Branford, Connecticut and graduated in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame. William then found himself at Universal Studios Florida working his way into the resident grip/electric crew, which also afforded opportunities in stunt work on commercials and television shows. William was then hired to be a part of the Universal Backlot Productions department, which handled the influx of productions shooting on the lot. This eventually led to becoming a production manager on television shows, commercials, music videos, and network specials.
William then left Universal and started freelancing as a key grip for small films and special FX units in Los Angeles as well as becoming a prominent camera operator and editor in the Orlando area. The opportunity then came to join the faculty at Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where he now lives with his wife and co-writer/producer, children, 3 cats and 1 dog. Besides his position as a Professor in Filmmaking, he is the creative director for the Office of Digital Learning.
His current work involves a multi-year documentary project off the west coast of Ireland, which has produced a book on the archeology of the islands with embedded videos that launch using an app on mobile devices. More of this work and other projects can be seen on his website.