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, animator, and content writer. 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 currently produce videos for Buzzfeed Unsolved Network's Haunting History web series, which centers on macabre historical events, ghost stories, supernatural entities, and mythology. I'm responsible for a variety of production work from start to finish, 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 work as a freelance writer where I produce 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.
Electronic Media Communications - SUNY Onondaga Community College
Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts (Film & Transmedia BFA)
College of Arts & Sciences (Women & Gender Studies Minor)
Screenings & Awards
(Los Angeles, California USA)
Twin Rivers Media Festival - Animation Competition - Official Selection (Asheville, North Carolina USA)
MicroActs - Artist Screening [July] (London, United Kingdom)
Indie Short Fest - Best Microfilm [July]- Official Selection (Los Angeles, California USA)
Adirondack Film Festival - Try Something Different - Official Selection (Glenn Falls, New York USA)
Obskurr Ghent Film Festival - Official Selection (Ghent, Belgium)
Austin Arthouse Film Festival - Official Selection (Austin, Texas USA)
Something You Can't Break
(Los Angeles, California USA)
By Your Side
Indie Shorts Film Festival- Best Music Video & Best Woman Filmmaker - Official Selection (Orlando, Florida USA)