Scott Morris began his career as an independent filmmaker, exploring many different types of media and genres including clay animation, dramatic short subjects and documentaries. His animated film, "The Intruder," was shown at the New York Film Festival and on PBS, won a Cine Golden Eagle, and earned him a chapter in the book, "Young Animators." Another of his first short films, "Just One Stop," was shown at the 2005 TriBeca Film Festival as part of a program of films made at Young Filmmakers Foundation.
When he was 23, Morris received a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a series of upbeat, short documentaries about street festivals in New York, culminating with a half-hour film about the Bicentennial Celebration in Manhattan. The films were shown on HBO, SHOWTIME, and in the "What's Happening" series at the Museum of Modern Art.
In the 80's and 90's, Morris worked as a producer, director, writer and editor for numerous clients. Through his production company, he produced many award-winning marketing, promotional and corporate films and videos, including "The Making of Luxor," a half-hour promotional film and home video about building the prototype 30-story glass pyramid in Las Vegas and the creation of its high-tech attractions. He also produced and directed "The Ghana Chimpanzee Project," a short fundraiser for an animal rights group and winner of a 2000 Gold Hugo at Chicago Intercom.
As a film editor, Scott cut many widely-seen independent films, including the Academy Award winning short, "Molly's Pilgrim," directed by Jeff Brown, the Emmy Award winning "Revenge of the Sons of the Desert" for producer Sandy Marshall, and "On Dancing Isadora's Dances," featuring Annabelle Gamson and broadcast on PBS Dance In America. He also edited and helped write many long-form documentaries for A&E Biography, Lifetime Television and Discovery Channel. Noteworthy projects include "Rediscovering America," "Ingrid Bergman Remembered," and "Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman."
In 1999, Morris began producing and directing "From The Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall," chronicling the history, loss and rebuilding of a landmark house destroyed by a fire. The film features candid interviews with talk-show host Dick Cavett, his wife, actress Carrie Nye, and the architects, conservators and historians involved in the process. "From The Ashes" premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival, received its broadcast debut on New York's Thirteen/WNET in July 2003, and is now in national public television distribution.
Currently, Morris works with a range of clients, producing an eclectic mix of projects from environmental documentaries to corporate promotional films and videos. Explore the Portfolio and Editoral pages on this site to see clips and samples.
Gold and Silver Hugos - Chicago INTERCOM
Gold and Silver Plaques - Chicago INTERCOM
Gold Camera for Marketing - US International Film and Video Festival
Gold Camera for Direction - US International Film and Video Festival
Silver Screen Award - US International Film and Video Festival
Gold Remi - Worldfest Houston
2 Cine Golden Eagles
National Endowment for the Arts film production grant
Two short films edited by Morris won Academy and Emmy Awards