My name is Maria Antoniette Norris. I'm an independent filmmaker with interests in animation, experimental, documentary and realist filmmaking.

I'm currently based in Los Angeles where I work as a video producer and animator. I also have professional experience in editing, audio mixing & sound design, and Art Department production work. I've produced, written, directed, and animated videos for various clients, organizations, and individuals.

I grew up in a suburban town called Skaneateles about a half-hour from Syracuse, New York. I am a summa cum laude graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.  

I started my career in media working as a freelance journalist & photographer through high school before studying radio, television & film production in junior college. Initially when I transferred to Syracuse University, I was enrolled in the Women & Gender Studies program, entering the Film & Transmedia program a couple semesters later. During my time in the Women & Gender Studies program, I was hired as a videographer, editor, social media coordinator and occasional transcriber for the Feminist Freedom Warriors.

In the Film & Transmedia program, we were taught "total filmmaking" -  studying film history and the technical aspects of production as well as writing, producing, and directing our own films at least once per semester. I also had the opportunity to further study European cinema and cinematography in Bologna Italy for VPA's Bologna Film Program.

 I'm especially interested in animation and had the privilege of studying traditional, computer, stop motion, and drawn-on-film direct animation under David Hicock, Gail Hoffman, and Kelly Gallagher.

 

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In December 2020 I was hired to produce videos for Buzzfeed Unsolved Network. As the vaccines were rolled out and some COVID-19 safety restrictions were lifted, I pitched a new series called Forest Phenomenon, a web series that would cover cryptids, mysteries and paranormal events taking place in the American Wilderness. The project was green lit and I had the opportunity to write, produce, direct, edit and animate the pilot episode in September 2021, which was shot in-studio. More episodes are currently in pre-production. 

I also make videos for Unsolved's Haunting History web series, which centers on macabre historical events, ghost stories, supernatural entities, and mythology. As with Forest Phenomenon, I'm responsible for a variety of production work from start to finish with this series, including pitching ideas for videos, hiring and working alongside VO talent, editing stock images and video, working with researchers, social media coordinators, and other department heads, writing voiceover scripts, creating and shooting stop-motion animated clips, audio editing & mastering, and delivering files for publishing and archiving. 

Besides producing web series videos, I've collaborated with artists, musicians, and other creators, shooting and animating music videos. I also occasionally work as a freelance writer -  I've produce several listicles on various films and television shows for Screen Rant.

I firmly believe that film is one of the most powerful mediums of art, and part of the responsibility of it for me is being honest about people, showing who they are flaws and all, and being honest about our problems. Social issues are a huge passion of mine, and I think it's important to use film as a tool to bring attention to the many different struggles that people face in our society, especially those on the margins of it.

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Education 

2013-2015

Electronic Media Communications - SUNY Onondaga Community College

2015-2019

Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts (Film & Transmedia BFA)

College of Arts & Sciences (Women & Gender Studies Minor)

Screenings & Awards

2020

Snowtown Film Festival - North Country Filmmaker Award Winner (Watertown, New York USA)

 

Indie Short Fest -  Best Experimental Short [July] - Finalist

                                   - Best First Time Director (Female) - Finalist

                                           (Los Angeles, California USA) 

                      

Twin Rivers Media Festival - Animation Competition - Official Selection (Asheville, North Carolina USA)

6 swans

Something You Can't Break

Indie Short Fest - Best Music Video [July] - Finalist

                                          - Best Original Song - Finalist

                                         (Los Angeles, California USA)

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