Ben Morris

Ben Morris

Star Wars, The Gladiator, and Harry Potter: The Magical World of the Special Effects Master


Special effects Oscar© recipient, Ben Morris, will receive the career recognition award on October 8, at the 22nd edition of the Comic, Animation, Film, and Game Festival of Rome, where the special effects supervisor for some of Hollywood's greatest successes of recent years will retrace his incredible career.


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.


He has received credits for many of the most successful films to have come out since the '90s. In fact, Ben Morris has been credited in such major productions as The Muppet Christmas Carol, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Troy, The Gladiator, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, as well as the two most recent episodes of Star Wars.


Romics will be celebrating Ben Morris' presence with various events, which can be found in the program, and will be awarding him the Golden Romics, an award given to the great international comic and animation masters, on Sunday, October 8.