I am an Oakland-based filmmaker and visual artist, specializing in animation as a 3D generalist. In 2014 I graduated from California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Experimental Animation. I have a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I have directed a number of animated shorts, including WATER FROM STONE, which was executive produced by James Franco. My MFA thesis film VISCERA was selected for the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival, won Best Animated Film, Best Animated Film Directing, and Best Animated Visuals at the Los Angeles New Wave Film Festival, and has screened at festivals around the world.

I worked as a 3D generalist on Mark Osborne’s animated feature THE LITTLE PRINCE, was the lead scenic painter on NBC’s 2014 stop-motion Christmas special ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS, and worked in the puppet department on Charlie Kauffman’s Academy Award-nominated ANOMALISA. In 2015, I worked at Stoopid Buddy Studios as a visual effects artist on their TV show SUPERMANSION.

I teach shading, modeling, compositing, rigging, and dynamic simulations as an Assistant Professor at SAE Expression College in Emeryville, CA.

Software & Skills

Maya
ZBrush
Mari
Houdini
Substance Painter
Nuke
RenderMan
Unreal Engine 4
Quad Modeling
Texture Painting
Digital Sculpting
Rigging
Traditional Painting
Compositing
Lighting & Shading
Dynamic Simulations

 

Recognition

Screenings

VISCERA
2014 Animated Short – CalArts MFA Thesis film

Hungry! – Film & Food Festival. Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden (2016)

Scream Queen Festival Tour. Nagoya, Japan (2016)

Buried Alive Film Festival. Atlanta, USA (2015)

Bend Film Festival. Bend, USA (2015)

Scream Queen Film Festival. Tokyo, Japan (2015)

Anibar Animation Festival. Peja, Kosovo (2015)

Summer Film School. Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic (2015)

Hollyshorts Film Festival. Hollywood, USA (2015)

Etheria Film Night’s Women Underground. Hollywood, USA (2015)

CalArts Showcase at Redcat. Los Angeles, USA (2015)

IFS Film Festival. Los Angeles, USA (2015)

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. Stuttgart, Germany (2015)

Philip K. Dick European Film Festival of Science Fiction. Paris, France (2015)

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. Phoenix, USA (2015)

Florida Film Festival. Maitland and Winter Park, USA (2015)

Calgary Underground Film Festival. Calgary, Canada (2015)

Slamdance Film Festival. Park City, USA (2015)

Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival. New York, USA (2015)

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. San Francisco, USA (2014)

Los Angeles International New Wave Film Festival. Los Angeles, USA (2014)

Idaho Horror Film Festival. Boise, USA (2014)

Anim’est International Animation Film Festival. Bucharest, Romania (2014)

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival. Montreal, Canada (2014)

WATER FROM STONE
2013 Animated Short, created at CalArts

CalArts Showcase at Redcat. Los Angeles, USA (2014)

THE BIRDHOUSE
2012 Animated Short, created at CalArts

Fort Myers Film Festival. Fort Myers, USA (2013)

CalArts Bijou Show. Valencia, USA (2012)

THE GIVING TREE
2009 Animated Short, created at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Digital Salon. Madison, WI (2010)

 

 

Press

Animation Career Review: Learning the Ropes of Animation at SAE Expression: Q&A with Lauren Morrison (2017)

NBC NewsCenter1: Students and Faculty from SAE Expression Colleges Animation Department Produce Educational Video for San Francisco Junior Giants (2016)

Show Me the Animation Student Showcase: Viscera (2016)

Deuxieme Page: Lauren Morrison, créatrice d’histoires animées extraordinaires (2016)

Film Shortage: Daily Pick (Viscera) (2016)

Moviepilot: Horror/Sci-Fi Short Film ‘Viscera’ Explores Rare Territory for Stop-Motion Cinema (2016)

 

Gallery Exhibitions

HEARSAY: ARTISTS REVEAL URBAN LEGENDS – Lancaster Museum of Art and History. Lancaster, CA (2015)

HEARSAY: ARTISTS REVEAL URBAN LEGENDS – Begovich Gallery. Fullerton, CA (2014)

CALARTS ANIMATION SHOW – West Towne Mall. Valencia, CA (2012)

2nd STUDENT INVITATIONAL – State Street Gallery. Madison, WI. (2010)

GRAND ENDEAVORS AND EMPTY GESTURES BFA THESIS SHOW – 7th Floor Gallery. Madison, WI (2010)

SOFT SPOT – 7th Floor Gallery. Madison, WI (2010)

THE JOY OF PAINTING – 7th Floor Gallery. Madison, WI (2009)

UW-MADISON ART DEPARTMENT GROUP BFA SHOW – 7th Floor Gallery. Madison, WI (2009)

MIKSANG – ADVANCED STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW – 734 University Ave Gallery. Madison, WI (2009)

 

Awards

LA New Wave Film Festival Best Animated Film (2014)

LA New Wave Film Festival Best Animated Film Directing (2014)

LA New Wave Film Festival Best Animated Visuals (2014)

CalArts Project Completion Grant (2014)

CalArts Scholarship (2011 – 2014)

Santos Zingale Memorial Scholarship (2010)

Melvin T. Butor Scholarship (2009)