Hayley Morris of Rhode Island – Animation Director (Shape & Shadow)
What’s the best part about your work?
I get to be creative every day. I like that every project has its own set of challenges and each one is a little puzzle. I like to constantly be inventive and come up with new ways of making for each project.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? (Or otherwise)
I’d say overall there have been instances where I haven’t been taken seriously or felt underestimated. Animation has been a male-dominated industry, so when I started out there were times I wasn’t treated very well. In recent years I’ve been feeling like that has been changing with missions like Free the Bid. I also teach animation and the majority of my classes are women artists. I’m happy to help this new generation of women find their voice.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
That women aren’t afraid to have their voices heard and that women are given the same opportunities. I hope that women keep telling their stories and we continue to see stories and perspectives from women, POC, LGBTQI etc.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Definitely going to see more women directed movies.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
To keep making, discovering and learning and to surround yourself with people that inspire you. Sometimes you’ll have dry spells with work or creative blocks, but if you continue to push yourself your passion will always show.
What goals do you have for this year?
Dedicate time to start a new short film.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
Ru Kuwahata is an incredible stop motion animation artist as well. Her dedication and sense of storytelling are very inspiring to me.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
I’m in a group show at the Boston Center for the Arts called “The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions. I’m showing some of my music videos work alongside artwork from the films. I also have some commercial projects in the works at the moment.
How can your fans find you!?
shapeandshadow.com , Instragram: shape_and_shadow