Scott Morris is a seasoned filmmaker with over 40 years of experience. His most recent one-hour documentary, Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport, was completed in 2017 and is currently distributed nationally by American Public Television. Narrated by Blythe Danner, the award-winning film chronicles the historic struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968.
Scott's work also includes From The Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall, the acclaimed one-hour documentary featuring talk-show host Dick Cavett, about the re-creation of his historic seaside home destroyed by fire. The film premiered primetime on Thirteen/WNET and was distributed to public television stations nationwide.
Scott's company, formed in 1992, has produced dozens of award-winning films and videos for clients ranging from major corporations to non-profit organizations. Scott also edited Emmy Award-winning cable and network television programs for Discovery, Lifetime, CBS News and PBS, and an Academy Award-winning short.
Scott Morris began his career as an independent filmmaker, exploring 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.
At the age of twenty-three, 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.
PROJECTS AND CLIENTS
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 award-winning marketing, promotional and corporate films and videos including "The Making of Luxor," a half-hour 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. R/Greenberg Associates also engaged Morris to produce several high-profile projects, including "Imaging and Imagination" for Eastman Kodak. The film won Gold Cameras for Direction and Marketing at the US International Film and Video Festival.
As a film editor, Scott cut 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 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."
Morris is developing new independent documentaries and feature films while continuing to work with clients - new and established - to produce, write, direct and edit all kinds of digital media, film, and video projects.