Ben Morris is the special effects supervisor and creative director of Industrial Light & Magic, and is a founding member of the company's London studio, inaugurated in October 2013.
Ben Morris' passion for animation began in his childhood, thanks to a camera given to him by his father. The artist's first short films, in fact, came to life in his family's garden shed. At the start of his career, Ben played the role of modeler and animatronics engineer at Jim Henson's Creature Shop, where he designed control systems for his renderings for films such as Babe.
With the evolution of the industry, Ben began to focus on computerized graphics, working on physical creatures to be used in the creation of characters, and directed Millfilm's group of computer graphic artists, playing the role of supervisor for the human depictions in the epic Ridley Scott film, "The Gladiator." In 2000, Ben Morris joined Framestore, a company he worked for in the creation of a great number of films, such as The Golden Compass, for which he was awarded an Oscar©, an Academy Award, and a BAFTA for Best Special Effects. In 2013, he was responsible for the special effects in Gravity, a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Morris has worked for Industrial Light & Magic since the founding of its London division, directing its growth, and has seen the exponential development of its studios; only 4 people have left, with the number of its employees exceeding 400 in just a short time. The London studios have launched projects such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Spectre, and continue to work on some of the most successful films in recent history. Ben is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and holds a Bachelor's Degree and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bristol.