Shortlist Judge / Student

Hayley Morris

Shape & Shadow

Hayley Morris is an animation director and stop-motion artist. She runs the animation studio Shape & Shadow. 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, Netflix Hewlett Packard, Burt's Bees, HumanaOne, Kate Spade, The Detroit Zoo, Paragard and many more. Hayley has a passion for creating music videos and has directed work for Iron and Wine, Explosions in the Sky, Pure Bathing Culture and grammy award winning violinist Hilary Hahn and oscar nominated composer 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, and her sets, puppets and music videos were 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. Her studio practice revolves around experimentation with physical materials like paper, fabric, fibers, found objects and natural textures. Hayley is also adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.