Jim Morris

“I photograph little zones that evoke a a wistful sense in me, sometimes a gently haunting sense of deja vu. In this series, the governing idea was to take those principles and look at landscapes in slices, with compositions stacked almost as if they were excavations.”

Jim Morris is currently General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at the Pixar Animation Studios, where he oversees all of the company’s productions and operations. Morris most recently produced a live action feature for Disney, “John Carter,” with director Andrew Stanton. He has also produced Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature, “WALL•E,” for which he was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from The Producer’s Guild of America. Morris received a British Academy Award, an American Film Institute Award, a Golden Globe and a Visual Effects Society Award for this film as well. Prior to joining Pixar, Morris held a range of key positions for 17 years in various divisions of Lucasfilm Ltd. He served as President of Lucas Digital Ltd., and managed its three divisions, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Skywalker Sound and Lucasfilm Animation. As ILM’s General Manager for more than 13 years, he supervised a staff of over 1400 artists and technicians, and guided the largest visual effects facility in the entertainment industry. With Morris’ oversight, ILM created the groundbreaking, Academy Award®-winning visual effects in “Jurassic Park,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Terminator 2” and “Forrest Gump.” Other notable projects completed under his management include “Mission: Impossible,” “Twister,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Death Becomes her,” “Star Wars: Episode I and II,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Minority Report,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Master and Commander,” and three “Harry Potter” films.

Morris joined ILM in 1987 as a producer of visual effects for films and commercials. He was subsequently promoted to ILM’s executive in charge of production, where he supervised all of the company’s production. “The Abyss,” which earned an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Steven Spielberg’s “Always,” are among Morris’ producing credits. Morris is the recipient of the Producers Guild of America Digital 50 Award, the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors Award and the Visual Effects Society Founders Award. He served for many years as president of the San Francisco Film Commission. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and a Master of Science degree in Television/Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.