Hayley Morris

Hayley Morris is a director, artist and animator based in Providence, RI, who formed her own animation studio in 2015 called Shape & Shadow. She creates fantastical animated worlds by combining drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, lighting and sound. Her work uses traditional animation techniques such as stop-motion and hand-drawn to tell stories that unfold through layered textures, handcrafted details and inventive storytelling. She has directed commercials for Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Burt's Bees, HumanaOne, Kate Spade, The Detroit Zoo, Paragard and many others. She has also been an animator and fabricator on commercials for Special K, McDonald’ss, Toyota, The New York Times and Cadbury. She has also created music videos for Iron and Wine, Grammy-award winning violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Hauschka.

Morris’ work has been featured in films festivals and museums around the world. Her short film Undone won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Slamdance in 2009, and her sets, puppets and music videos were recently shown at La Gaité Lyrique’s Motion Factory exhibition in Paris. The exhibition showcased 15 directors from around the world who create handmade films in the digital age. In the summer of 2016 she worked as lead character fabricator on a portion of Todd Haynes’ new film Wonderstruck.

Morris encourages students to discover through hands-on experimentation, open dialogue with peers and the constant testing of animation’s boundaries.

  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


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