Ben Morris is a Creative Director at Industrial Light & Magic and a founding member of the company’s London studio, which was established in October of 2013. His recent work includes overseeing ILM’s contributions to ABBA Voyage, a revolutionary new concert featuring ABBA, performing digitally with a live band in a 3,000 capacity arena in London.
Morris began his career as a Model Maker and Animatronics Engineer at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, where he designed performance-control systems for various films, including Babe. Sensing a shift in the industry, Morris moved onto computer graphics, putting his vast experience in physical creature work to use as a character rigger and lead CG artist at Millfilm, where he supervised the CG humans for Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator. He became a Primetime Emmy and VES Award recipient for his contributions to the mini-series Dinotopia. Morris later earned an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects and a BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects for his work on The Golden Compass and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for his work on 2011’s War Horse. In 2017, he was nominated for an Academy, BAFTA, and VES award for his role as Visual Effects Supervisor on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Morris is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and holds an undergraduate degree and an honorary doctorate from Bristol University.